Bangladesh army launched military operation in Rowangchari of Bandarban district. Brigade commander of Bandarban ordered the military operation in the name of kicking out “terrorists” from the area. He also ordered to destroy Jum houses constructed by Jum cultivators for temporary use alleging that the “terrorists” hide at these houses.
A Bangladesh army commander in Marishya ordered the indigenous people to transact in a new bazaar opened at Dui Tila after settling thousands of Muslim settlers in the area. The commander of Dui Tila army camp had been trying to force the indigenous villagers to go to the new bazaar for the last few months. "You must come to this new bazaar and sell all your produce here. You are barred from selling them in any other market." the commander was quoted by an indigenous villager in Dighinala, Khagrachari.
Over the last few months, the Bangladesh army had settled thousands of Muslim settlers after grabbing land from the indigenous people. Now the army wants a new market to be opened in the area for the benefit of the Muslim settlers.
A BDR person named Shahjahan was killed by a group of un-identified gunmen. The gunmen and Bangladesh Rifles from Kachuchari camp confronted each other at Shilchari village of Baghaichari sub-district in Rangamati. In connection to this killing, army personnel from several camps under Rangamati army region and Dighinala cantonment of Khagrachari army region are engaged in combing operation throughout the areas of Sarbuatali Union, Marishya Union, Baghaichari Union and Rupakari Union in Baghaichari Upazila. In this combing operation, innocent indigenous people have been brought under merciless torture, arrest, looting etc. During the operation, the army also committed religious persecution, such as harassment of Buddhist monks and desecration of temples. 8 innocent villagers including one returnee JSS member were sent to jail and more than 150 villagers were brutally tortured. Hundreds of villagers were compelled to leave their localities for escaping from military atrocity and many of them were starving, as they cannot go to their works. Mr. Sumentu Chakma was hospitalised in Baghaichari hospital. Because of critical injury he was shifted to Rangamati General hospital.
14 May 1996
Maj. Gen. Azizur Rahman, the General Officer in Command of the 24 Infantry Division, compelled the local top Pankho leaders to meet him at Old Lankar BDR Camp in the Sajek valley and ordered them to oppose the JSS. At the same time. he offered them all sorts of help if they complied with his orders. Needless to say, the Pankho Leaders were very wise not to say anything in response to his orders and offers.
18 March 1996
The local Bangladesh Army commander forced Mr. Monghla
Ching Marma, the Headman of Rowangchari Mouza,
Bandarban to call a meeting of the local prominent Jummas
and to tell them not to pay tax and donation to the JSS
17 March 1996
The military authorities of Barkal Army Camp held a
meeting with the local surrendered members of the Shanti
Bahini and formed another puppet organization,
17 March 1996
The Bangladesh Army had been constructing a road from to Machalong and Sajek with the aim of bringing the Kasalong Forest and the long border with the Indian State of Mizoram under their control. This road will not only enable the Bangladesh Army to set up military bases along the entire Indian border but also to create a vast belt from the Kasalohg valley to the Sajek valley under the guise of military campaigns to flush out the Shanti Bahini from the said strategic area.
5 March 1996
Maj. Gen. Azizur Rahman, the General Officer in Command (GOC) of the Chittagong Division of the Bangladesh Army, ordered the Bowm Social Council to ask the prominent Bowm people to meet him at the ground of Ruma Residential High School in Bandarban. To divide the Jumma Nation, the Bangladesh Army created several puppet Jumma organizations. The Bowm Social Council is one of them. In the meeting, he bitterly criticised the JSS (or SB) for spearheading the Jumma Autonomy Movement, which the Bangladesh Army misinterpret as the Jumma Independence Movement, and warned all the Bowm people to stop cooperation with the JSS (or SB). Then, the GOC offered them all sorts of help if they cut off link with the JSS (or SB). He also announced that the Road from Chimbuk to Thanchi Police Headquarters, which will facilitate the military movement and the Muslim settlement in the Bowm area, would be completed very soon. Needless to say, the wise and patriotic Bowms did not say a word in reply to the anti Jumma conspiratorial proposals of this military aggressor indicating that they were more frightened by his carrot of the Chimbuk-Thanchi Road and the inevitable prospects of the military and Muslim invasion of their region than his stick of stern warning.
19 January 1996
More than 200 personnel of the Bangladesh Army from
the Panchari Military Zone
23-25 December 1995
The soldiers from Begenachari Army Camp, Kusumchari Army Camp and Badalchari Army Camp of Rangamati, led by Maj. Tarikul Islam conducted a massive campaign in Jurabanya and adjacent areas. The military terrorized the innocent Jumma villagers on the pretext of searching the Shanti Bahini.