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Indigenous victim of Baghaihat attack

On 19-20 February 2010, Bangladesh army backed Muslim settlers attacked the indigenous people at Baghaichari leaving an indigenous man dead. The aim of the attack was to drive out the indigenous Chakma Buddhists and grab their land. The indigenous Buddhist man gunned down by the Bangladesh army.


Bangladesh army personnel torture indigenous Marma people in Khwiangpara of Bandarban

On 7‑9 September 2002, a group of Bangladesh army men numbering around 40 led by Subedar Mohamed Rafiq carried out operation at Khwiangpara village, of Kuhalong Union Parishad in Bandarban sub-district.

During the operation, the army threatened the villagers in the name of catching some people blacklisted as terrorist. Most of the male villagers fled the village to escape from their torture. The army blacklisted the following indigenous people without any cases filed against them.

  1. Mr. Kalu Chakma (29)
  2. Mr. Subir Tanchangya (26), s/o Anata Karbari
  3. Mr. Jatindra Tanchangya (29), s/o Anata Karbari
  4. Mr. Sukumar Tanchangya (24), s/o Kinaram Tanchangya
  5. Mr. Samiran Tanchangya (23), s/o Guneshwar Tanchangya
  6. Mr. Kuladhan Tanchangya (24), s/o Jaydhan Tanchangya
  7. Mr. Kali Kumar Tanchagya (27)
  8. Mr. Subinoy Chakma (50)

They arrested many innocent indigenous Marma people without any warrants and evidence, beat them up, kicked them with boots and savagely tortured them. As a result, many Marma people were injured. During the military operation, the aggressors forced the Marma villagers to provide them with rice, vegetable, chickens, goats, firewood and bananas at nominal prices for 2 days. However, many Marma people particularly the male adults managed to flee to the nearby forests and hills and thus they could avoid the inevitable arrest, mass-beating and torture.

The Marma villagers came to know later that Mohammed Salauddin Kader Choudhury, MP (BNP) from Rangunia of Chittagong District and Parliamentary Affairs Adviser to Begum Khaleda Zia authorised the Bangladesh Army to launch the ethnic cleansing campaign against the indigenous people in the guise of the joint Police and Army operation code named 'Operation Clean Heart'.


Sources:

PCJSS (Parbatya Chattagram Jana Samhati Samiti)
E-mail: pcjss.org@gmail.com, pcjss@hotmail.com
Website: pcjss-cht.org

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