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Settlers argue with Buddhist monk
In August 2007, Bangladesh army backed Muslim settlers broke into the boundary of Sadhantila Buddhist Temple in Dighinala and began erecting houses inside the temple boundary. Here the settlers argue with resident Buddhist monk.

Bengali settlers attempt to grab indigenous land in Mahalchari

On 5 January 2016, Muslim settlers tried to build houses in Kajoi Karbari Para in Mahalchari, Khagrachari provoking unrest in the area.

A group of Muslim settlers from Chongrachari on 3 January 2016 entered the said land and began constructing houses.

Bangladesh army and police personnel were present there, but they did nothing to prevent them.

When indigenous villagers protested, the police ordered both sides to maintain status quo and asked them not to re-enter the land until the issue is settled on 6 January 2016. The police said the UNO (Upazila Nirbahi Officer) would settle the dispute on 6 January 2016 after consulting with both indigenous people and Muslim settlers.

Although the land the settlers are trying to occupy is said to lie within the jurisdiction of the Forest Department of the government, there are sizeable indigenous settlements and their paddy lands contiguous to it.



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