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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.


Bangladesh army arrest and torture 6 indigenous Chakma men in Baghaihat

On 15 February 2005 at 11:00 am a group of Bangladesh army led by Lt. Colonel Abdul Rob of Baghaihat zone arrested 6 indigenous Chakma men from a shop of Mr. Gyanaram Karbari of Hajachara-Baghaihat area of Baghaichari upazila under Rangamati district. Later the army inhumanly tortured them. The victims were identified as:

  1. Kulin Chakma (22), village- Pujgang, Panchari upazila, Khagrachari Hill District.
  2. Buddha Dhan Chakma (28), a businessman, village- Baibachara, Baghaihat area of Baghachari upazila, Rangamati Hill District.
  3. Sonaiya Chakma (29), s/o Banijya Chakma, village- Hajachari, Baghaihat area of Baghachari upazila, Rangamati Hill District.
  4. Nidhu Chakma (20), s/o Gyanaram Chakma, village- Hajachari, Baghaihat area of Baghachari upazila, Rangamati Hill District.
  5. Shankar Chakma (23), village- Karenga Tali, Baghachari upazila, Rangamati Hill District.
  6. Sneha Chakma Machya (35), village- Pahnchari, Dighinala upazila, Khagrachari Hill District.

On that day the above-mentioned men were playing caroms game and taking tea at the shop of Mr. Gyanaram Karbari. At 11:00 am a number of army personnel from Baghaihat zone came and surrounded the shop. After a moment they fired a blank shot. As a result, all the present persons tried to run away from the shop. The army personnel led by Lt. Colonel Abdul Rob arrested the innocent people. Then the army mercilessly beat and threatened the innocent Chakma men. The Bangladesh army accused them of toll collectors and terrors of the PCJSS. Due to physical torture the arrested Chakma men admitted of being supporters and collectors of PCJSS.

Next day on 16 February the army led by Major Sourab handed over Kulin Chakma and Buddha Dhan Chakma to Baghaichari police station along with a country-made gun. The rest were released. The local people told that around one and half months ago a Muslim settler found this country-made gun at the stream near Baghaihat bazaar while he was fishing. He deposited this gun to the Bangladesh army. But it was mentioned in case filed against Kulin Chakma and Buddha Dhan Chakma with Baghaichari police station that this was found with them.


Sources:

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

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