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Mahalchari Burnt Houses

On 26 August 2003, Bangladesh army in league with Muslim settlers attacked the indigenous Buddhist people in Mahalchari. Bangladesh army and Muslim settlers set fire on more than 370 indigenous Buddhist houses. An indigenous Chakma man and an indigenous Chakma infant (8 months) were killed. More than 1000 indigenous Buddhist people were rendered homeless. Lemucharipara Buddhist Temple and Babupara Buddhist Temple were burnt down. Lord Buddha's images were demolished. Bangladesh army and Muslim settlers raped 10 indigenous Chakma women.


Bangladesh government deploys army during Union Parishad election in CHT

The Election Commission (EC) asked the government to deploy Bangladesh army during the Union Parishad (UP) election in all polling boots of the country. However, the government denied it. But the government took decision to deploy army during UP election in three hill districts of CHT. A circulation issued by Home Ministry on 02/01/2003 stated that the overall security measures in CHT during the UP election would be controlled by the GOC of 24th infantry division of Bangladesh army based at Chittagong cantomnent. As the responsibilities of command and control related to security and overall law and order of three hill districts was already entrusted to the GOC.


Sources:

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

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