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Settlers clear indigenous land

In August 2007, Bangladesh army backed Muslim settlers broke into the boundary of Sadhantila Buddhist Temple in Dighinala and began clearing the land for erecting houses inside the temple boundary.


Bangladesh army grab indigenous land in Bandarban Hill District

Bangladesh army is in the process of acqueiring 9,560 acres of land in Ruma under Bandarban Hill district for expansion of the existing Ruma Cantonment without any consultation with the Bandarban Hill District Council. Military authorities surveyed the areas to acquire the land on 24 February.

Indigenous people, particularly Murungs, Bowms and Marmas of Senggum, Pantala and Galengga mouzas will be affected by the illegal action of the military. 12,000 indigenous people will be displaced from their ancentral lands and homesteads.

Indigenous people protested the move on 16 March and sent a memorendum signed by indigenous leaders and elders, such as Mr. Unha Ching, Headman of Senggum Mouza and Chairman of Ruma Union, Menrot Mro, Headman of Galengga, Nun Lai Mro, Headman of Pantala, Ching Choi Thui Marma, Headman of Koladi Mouza, Anglai Mro, Leader, Ang thoi Ching, Mong Choi Prui Kheyang, Thoai Pru Marma, Joni Lusai, Lu Pru Marma and Cho Ching Marma, to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh demanding immediate cancellation of the plan.


Sources:

Peace Campaign Group (PCG)
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