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Indigenous victims of Sajek Muslim attack

On 20 April 2008, Bangladesh army backed Muslim settlers attacked and burnt down 76 indigenous Buddhist houses in Sajek. The aim of the attack was to drive out the indigenous Buddhist villagers and grab their land. The indigenous Chakma Buddhists and their burnt down houses after the attack.


Bangladesh Rifles of Marishya BDR zone orders the indigenous Chakma Buddhists to vacate their homes in Sajek

On 6 June 2005 Lt. Colonel Mohamed Azizur Rahman of Marishya BDR zone under Baghaichari in Rangamati district ordered the indigenous Chakma Buddhists to vacate their homes in Sajek area under Baghaichari upazila (sub-dictrict). It was declared in a "law and order" meeting where upazila level government officials, local political and social leaders and public representatives were present. In his speech, he declared that no terrorist would be able to escape from the move against terrorism. Under this move, the indigenous people in Sajek union under Baghaichar upazila would be evicted. Among other, the following persons were present in the meeting:

  1. Mr. Nizam Uddin Babu, President of BNP of Baghaichari branch
  2. Mr. Sneha Kanti Chakma, Health and Family Planning Officer
  3. Mr. Brishaketu Chakma, President of Awami League of Baghaichari branch
  4. Mr. Sudarshan Chakma, General Secretary of PCJSS of Baghaichari branch
  5. Mr. Deva Prasad Dewan,
  6. Mr. Azizur Rahman Aziz
  7. Mr. Samshul Huda
  8. Mr. Swapan Kumar Dey
  9. Mr. Dilip Kumar Das
  10. Mr. Rezaul, 2nd Officer of Baghaichari police station
  11. Md. Ali Hossain
  12. Md. Gias Uddin
  13. Mr. Naba Alo Chakma
  14. and commanders of the VDP (Village Defence Party) and Ansar (Islamic Guards).

It is mentionable that though the BDR zone commander Lt. Colonel Md. Azizur Rahman ordered the eviction of indigenous people in Sajek on that day, but the eviction had started some days back.

The indigenous people protested against inhuman eviction. They expressed that they would leave Sajek reserve forest area if the government rehabilitates them as par CHT Accord. There is a provision in the CHT Accord to rehabilitate the internally displaced indigenous families on their original homesteads from where they were compelled to leave due to series of massacres committed by the Bangladesh army and Muslim settlers.


Sources:

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

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