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Pablakhali Landgrab

In March 2010, Bangladesh army backed Muslim settlers build makeshift houses on illegally grabbed land of the indigenous Chakma Buddhists. They built the houses on the pretext of rehabilitating Mukti Bahini or freedom fighters of 1971 liberation war.


Indigenous people block Khagrachari-Mahalchari-Rangamati road in protest of land grabbing by Bengali settlers in Khagrachari

On 26-27 February 2005 the indigenous people of Gamaridhala, Lemuchari, Nunchari, Pagujyachari and Katting Tila observed road blockade programme at Khagrachari-Mahalchari-Rangamati road demanding an end to land grabbing by the Muslim settlers with the help of Bangladesh army.

From November 2004 the Muslim settlers of Maischari, Nunchari and Pagujyachari cluster villages under Khagrachari district became active to occupy land of indigenous people at Gamaridhala, Lemuchari, Nunchari, Pagujyachari and Katting Tila areas under Khagrachari. Since November 2004 the Muslim settlers had been constructing dozens of houses on indigenous owned land. Due to tremendous pressure from the indigenous people, the Muslim settlers temporarily stopped construction and forcible occupation of land. In the mean time the Bangladesh army had gathered the Muslim settlers at Maischari High School to launch further land grabbing. As a result, the Muslim settlers have started to occupy indigenous land.

In February 2005 a team of indigenous representatives including Mr. Hangsadhwaj Chakma, Convenor of Khagrachari Citizensí Forum, Mr. Santoshita Chakma Bakul, leader of the returnee indiegnous refugees and other community and traditional representatives called on Deputy Commissioner and Additional Deputy Commissioner of Khagrachari district and Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) of Mahalchari several times demanding an end to land grabbing by the Muslim settlers. But no proper step has been taken so far.


Sources:

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

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