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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.


Bengali settlers threten the indigenous people with communal attack in Rangamati

On 15 January 2003, a group of extortionists rounded up two Muslim fishermen- (1) Mohammed L.A. Kader and his brother (2) Mohammed Nur Kader at an abandoned office building of Balukhali of Rangamati district and asked them to pay Taka 1,000. But the fishermen had only Taka 300, Then the gunmen attempted to hold them as hostage. During the scuffle, Mohammed Nur Kader could manage to escape and took shelter at an indigenous Chakma village Jarulchari under the jurisdiction of Balukhali Union Parishad.

While Mohammed L.A. Kader was still in the custody of the extortionists, the Muslim settlers of Reserve Bazaar in Rangamati town tried to make communal attack against the innocent indigenous people despite saving the life of the other Muslim settlers by the indigenous Chakmas of Jarulchari village. Similarly, Mohammed Jalal Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury, the Chairman of the Parbatya Gana Parishad (PGP), the Islamic fundamentalist organization threatened in a press release on 18 January 2003 that they would take severe actions against the indigenous people including the PCJSS if the fisherman was not released within 3 days. At the same time, the Bangladesh Police arrested following 2 innocent Chakmas- Mr. Rahul Chakma and his friend from the area- without warrant and evidence. The fate of these 2 indigenous Chakmas is still unknown.


Sources:

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

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