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Indigenous victims of Sajek Muslim attack
On 20 April 2008 Bangladesh army backed Muslim settlers attacked and burnt down 76 indigenous Buddhist houses in Sajek. The aim of the attack was to drive out the indigenous Buddhist villagers and grab their land. The indigenous Chakma Buddhists and their burnt down houses after the attack.

Bangladesh army detain 2 indigenous Chakma Buddhists in Baghaihat

On 8 April 2016 at around 2:00 am, Banladesh army led by Hyder Ali the commander of Baghaihat Army Zone picked up 2 innocent indigenous Buddhist villagers from their houses in Baghaihat Gangaram Mukh in Baghaichari, Rangamati district. Bangladesh army detained and took them to the army camp.

The indigenous Buddhist victims are-

  1. Bimal Chakma (32) son of Tongla Chakma
  2. Sachib Chakma (28) son of Shashi Mohan Chakma

The people living in the area are in opinion that such detetion without trial has been a deliberate attempt to terrorize the indigenous Buddhist and Hindu people.

Preparation for observation of Bizu festval (new year festival of indigenous Buddhist and Hindu peoples) was going on among the people of that area. The said 2 indigenous persons were also busy with the preparation. The unwarranted detention of 2 indigenous persons in such time of festivity made the indigenous people utterly astonished.

After the midnight, the indigenous leaders went to Baghaihat Army Zone. They asked Bangladesh army whereabouts of the 2 indigenous Buddhist victims. Bangladesh army denied knowledge of whereabouts of 2 indigenous people. As the villagers gathered in mobs, Bangladesh army threatened the villagers in harsh words. But at last in the face of mass pressure the commander gave in and promised to release the 2 victims. Afterward 2 indigenous villagers were released.


Sources:

PCJSS

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