Terror in CHT
Bangladesh army and Bengali settlers attack indigenous Buddhist people in Dighinala
On 23 April 2016, Bangladesh army and Muslim settlers attacked indigenous Buddhist people during Union Parishad election in Dighinala, Khagrachari district.
Muslim settlers occupied at least 3 polling centers in favor of ruling Awami League candidates, set fire on indigenous houses, vandalized and robbed indigenous houses and business. Muslim settlers beat the indigenous villagers at Kabakhali in Dighinala.
Centering on the dispute over ballot stuffing, at around 2:00 pm Muslim settlers attacked indigenous people and chased them at Hachinsonpur union.
As a group of Bangladesh army from Kabakhali cantonment arrived at Hachinsonpur polling center, Muslim settlers spread rumour to the effect that Jahangir, the Awami League chairman candidate was abducted by the indigenous people.
Hearing the rumour, Bangladesh army detained 5 indigenous Buddhist villagers and severely beat them after which they took the victims to the camp in serious condition. Before leaving the place, Bangladesh army personnel set fire in the house owned by Chikkomuni Chakma (35) son of Parimal Chakma.
The indigenous victims of Bangladesh army detention and torture were identified as:
Bangladesh army released the indigenous victims in the evening of 23 April 2016. Most detainees were treated at Kattolimura health center. Sujan Chakma was admitted in the Khgrachari hospital. Bangladesh army broke his knee.
Muslim settlers having captured the polling centers, casted fake votes through ballot stuffing. Muslim settlers put the motor bike of polling officer Shanti Moy Tripura in flames. While casting fake votes, Muslim settlers wounded the Presiding Officer Mukul Jyoti Chakma and Assistant Presiding Officer (Livestock Department) by severe beating.
Another group of Muslim settlers entered an indigenous village and vandalized 5 indigenous houses including TV and other valuables and robbed money. While returning, Muslim settlers also vandalized the house and belongings of Jyotish Kanti Chakma (60) son of Hridoy Basu Chakma.
The indigenous people whose houses and shops were vandalized and robbed by the Muslim settlers where identified as:
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