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Indigenous victims of Sajek Muslim 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 Government undertake massive Bengali Muslim settlement in Sajek

In May 2005, the Bangladesh Government undertook massive Muslim settlement in Sajek under Baghaichari sub-district in Rangamati. The Government is preparing to settle 8,000 Muslim families on the roadsides of the newly built Baghaihat-Sajek road that leads to the border of Mizoram state of India. The road goes through the Kassalong reserved forest that falls under Rangamati Hill District. According to Forest Act of 1927 and Bangladesh Forest (Amendment) Act 2000 there is no scope to settle any people in the reserved forest area. The said road has recently been completed (has not yet been mettled) and it was built by the Bangladesh army.

On 18th May 2005 the Bangladesh Government asked the CHT Affairs Ministry to allocate free ration to more than 28,000 Muslim settler families. If it is done than there will be in total 55,000 Muslim settler families in the CHT who will be getting free ration. It has been guessed that some will be brought into the CHT and some will be from those who have already infiltrated into the CHT to get the new food grain allocation.

For the last few days the Bangladesh army officials have been frequenting the area. Rangamati Brigade Commander will visit Sajek in a few days. Soldiers are now clearing jungles for a temporary helipad to enable a military copter to drop the Brigade commander. According to the alleged plan the government will settle them on a vast hilly area from Baghaihat to Majolong in the Union. As part of the blueprint, apart from constructing the Sajek road, a new army camp has already been set up in a place called Nandaram.

The settlement of such a large number of Muslim settler families will have devastating effect on the environment. It will uproot the indigenous Pankua people from the region who have beel living in this area since time immemorial.


Sources:

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

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