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Mahalchari Buddha

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 Rifle (BDR) destroy and descrate a Buddhist temple in Barkal

The indigenous Chakma people have a Buddhist temple at the peak of the Fali Tangya mountain in Barkal.The Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) wanted to destroy the temple and build a telecommunication tower on its place.

On May 27, 2003 a group of BDR led by Major Rashid brought down the signboard and the flag of the Buddhist temple. They torched the residence of the Buddhist monks. Next day they threatened the devotees who had gathered there for religious function. They imposed restriction of moving into the area. The BDR personnel tied Mr. Sneha Moy Chakma and Mr. Kitta Mohan Chakma with a pillar and dragged women out of the temple. A group of BDR led by Habilder Fazlu constructed a camp on the temple land. On 31 May 2003, the BDR attempted to destroy the temple's structure but they failed due to vehement protest and demonstration of the local people. The BDR camp is still there on the temple ground. On 7 June 2003, the local people of Barkal submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh.


Sources:

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

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