On 22 September 2012 Bangladesh army backed Muslim settlers attacked indigenous Buddhist people in Rangamati. When the indigenous people counter attacked in self defence Bangladesh army took side with the Muslim settlers. 76 indigenous people were injured and numerous indigenous properties were destroyed.
Bangladesh army detain and torture 3 indigenous people in Kaptai
Bangladesh army and UPDF staged the foreigner hostage drama in the CHT. It is notable that both Bangladesh army and UPDF are very keen to keep the army in CHT. UPDF will get supports and shelter from Bangladesh army and army authority can make instability of the CHT situation through the terrorist activities of the UPDF in order to justify their presence. So, it will serve the interests of both parties. Now, after the end of the hostage drama on 17 March 2001, Bangladesh army started operation throughout the CHT in the name of searching miscreants.
On 3 April 2001 at mid‑night a group of 14 Bangladesh army men (EBR) from Island camp under Kaptai brigade in Rangamati district conducted an operation at Raikhali, Narangiri, Panchari and Gangri areas under Kaptai. In this operation, the following indigenous people were arrested from their home by the army. The victims were:
- Mr. Uthowai Prue Marma, Chitmaram UP member and Organizing Secretary of JSS Kaptal branch
- Mr. Birabarna Chakma, Pekkua, Kaptai
- Mr. Thuicha Prue Marma, Pekkua, Kaptai
Bangladesh army brutally tortured the victims at Island camp. Bangladesh army handed over the victims to Kaptai police station and filed a false case against them. JSS President of Kaptai branch Mr. Thowai Aung Marma met Major Iyub, deputy commander of 14 EBR at Kaptai zone on 4 April 2001 and demanded their release. Mr. Uthowai Prue Marma was released at 10.00 pm with serious injuries.
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