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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.


Bengali settlers attack indigenous people at Ranirhat

On 29 October 2002, the armed cadres of the UPDF kidnapped Manager of Thandachari Tea Estate Mr. Kazi Nurul Anwar Jahangir (30) from Ranirhat area under Rangunia of Chittagong district. In connection with the incident, the Bengali Muslims of Ranirhat area (the area on the Rangarnati-­Chittagong road) tried to attack the indigenous people who were passengers of buses and came Ranirhat bazar for selling and shopping. They also threatened to kill one hundred thousand indigenous people if Kazi Nurul Anwar Jahangir (kidnapped person) was not released.

A 7‑member Rescue Committee led by chairman of Kalampati Union Parishad Mr. Kyajai Marma was formed. Other members of the committee were chairman of Betbunia union Mr. Aung She Chowdhury, ex‑chairman of Betbunia union Mr. Badiul Alam, local leader of Betbunia Mr. Aung Sha Thowai Marma, general secretary of Kaukhali Awami League Mr. Ershad and headman Mr. Tushar Kanti Dewan. The indigenous members of the Rescue Committee tried hard to rescue the kidnapped person and at the last on 5 November 2002 the UPDF released Kazi Nurul Anwar Jahangir on heavy ransom.

After the release of Kazi Nurul Anwar Jahangir, the owner of the tea estate ex‑chairman of Rangunia sub‑district and local BNP leader Mr. Kazi Naurul Islam lodged case with Kaukhali police station against the indigenous members of the Rescue Committee like Kyajai Marma, Aung She Chowdhury, Aung Sha Thowai Marma and Tushar Kanti Dewan in connection with kidnapping. The Bengali Muslims of Rahirhat area led by Kazi Naurul threatened the indigenous people to return the ransom money otherwise they would face serious consequence. Even they formed a communal committee named Upajatiya Santras Pratirod Committee (Tribal Terrorist Resistant Committee) at Ranirhat bazar and organized meeting through this committee. They blocked road at Ranirhat bazar, opposed indigenous people to sell vegetables.

Regarding the kidnapping of Kazi Nurul Anwar Jahangir, a meeting was called by the government at Rangamati town hall on 23 November 2002. Chittagong Divisional Commissioner Mr. Katebur Rahman presided over the meeting. Advisor for parliamentary affairs to Prime Minister Mr. Salauddin Kader Chowdhury attended the meeting as chief guest. Besides, the following dignitaries delivered speech in the meeting­-

  1. Mr. Mani Swapan Dewan, Deputy Minister for CHT Affairs Ministry
  2. Dr. Manik Lal Dewan, Chairman of Rangamati Hill District Council (HDC)
  3. Ms. Miya Mya Ching Marma. Chairman of Bandarban HDC
  4. Mr. Nakkatra Lal Devburman, Chairman of Khagrachari HDC
  5. Mr. Abdul Wadud Bhuiyan, Chairman of CHT Development Board
  6. Mr. Ushatan Talukdar, member of CHT Regional Council
  7. Mr. Ching Kyew Roaza. ex‑chairman of Rangamati HDC and local AL leader
  8. Mr. A. S. Shahidullah, president of Rangamati district BNP
  9. Mr. Kazi Nurul Islam, owner of the Thandachari Tea Estate
  10. Mr. Chowdhury Ataur Rahman, Khagrachari representative
  11. Mr. Nandit Roy of Rangamati
  12. Prof. Osman Gani, settler leader of Bandarban
  13. Mr. Mashiul Alam Humayun, vice president of Rangamati BNP
  14. Mohamed Yusuf Chowdhury, president of Rajanagar Santras Pratirod Committee
  15. Mr. Habibur Rahman, chairman of Rangarnati Pourasabha
  16. Mr. Jalal Uddin Ahmed, president of Parbatya Gana Parishad

Most of the Bengali Muslim speakers delivered their speeches against the indigenous people and particularly against the PCJSS. Vice president of Rangamati BNP Mr. Mashiul Alam Humayun intentionally accused PCJSS in connection with terrorist activities. He also said showing PCJSS central leader and CHTRC member Mr. Ushatan Talukdar that he and PCJSS leader Santu Larma should be arrested. Even he insulted Dr. Manik Lal Dewan who was nominated as chairman of Rangamati HDC by his party BNP saying that he got chairmanship without any cost. Salauddin Kader Chowdhury also spoke against the indigenous people though he was the Advisor to Prime Minister and representative of the government. He warned that if the indigenous people kidnapped any Bengali Muslim then three roads such as Rangamati‑Chittagong Khagrachari‑Chittagong and Kaptai‑Chittagong roads should be blockaded. He directly instigated the Bengali Muslims to kill the indigenous people in these three roads.


Sources:

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

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