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Mahalchari Burnt Ricemill

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 army torture indigenous Chakma men in Kaptai of Rangamati district

On 2 January 2003, a group of Bangladesh army personnel led by Nayeb Subedar Mohammed Hafiz tortured the indigenous Chakma people of Tarenge Para and Dhanpada village of Kaptai, Rangamati district. The indigenous Chakma villagers were going to Bilaichari bazaar by a river ferry. The army tortured the indigenous people without warrants and evidence. Then the Bangladesh army men robbed them of their all money totalling over Taka 10,000. During the mass torture the following indigenous people were seriously injured

  1. Mr. Kaladhan Chakma (28) , the son of Mr. Jama Chakma
  2. Mr. Sadhu Chakma (26), the son of Mr. Lokadhan Chakma of Tarenge Para village
  3. Mr. Amal Kanti Chakma (25), the son of Mr. Bhoirabananda Chakma of Dhanpada village.

On 08/01/2003 the indigenous people of Mogban and Jibtali organized a protest meeting at Shilpakala Academy in Rangamati. Mr. Surendra Lal Karbari presided over the meeting and Mr. Swapan Datta Chakma, Tushar Pintu Chakma, Padma Lochan Chakma and PCP general secretary Mr. Sudirdha Chakma delivered speech. After the meeting, procession was brought out from Shilpakala Academy and ended at premises of office of the Deputy Commissioner. They submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh government through Deputy Commissioner of Rangamati hill district. They put following demands in the memorandum:

  1. To withdraw S‑ban army camp from the area soon;
  2. To withdraw and punish Subedar Nayeb Mohamed Hafij
  3. To provide proper treatment and compensation to the victims
  4. To give security for life and property of the villagers.

Sources:

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

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