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Ramgarh Victims

On 17 April 2011 Bangladesh army backed Muslim settlers attacked the indigenous Buddhist people at Ramgarh leaving at least 2 indigenous people dead and scores injured and missing. The aim of the attack was to drive out the indigenous Buddhists and grab their land. The indigenous victims of Bengali attack and their burnt down homes.


Bengali Muslim settlers attack indigenous people in Mahalchari

On 14 January 2006 at around 7.30 pm Muslim settlers with the help of Bangladesh army attacked indigenous village named Jamtala Kala Pahar under Mahalchari sub-district in Khagrachari district. In this attack, the Muslim settlers destroyed indigenous houses and robbed valuables from the houses. At around 6.00 pm some unidentified miscreants tried to halt Mohamed Jasim, member of Maischari Union Council while returning home from Khagrachari town by motorcycle along with three accompanies. The miscreants failed to halt Mohamed Jasim but could hit his head. Mohamed Jasim got slightly injured and could reach at a Muslim settler village. Soon after reaching at the village, he shouted, "Help me, help me, indigenous people attacked Bengali people at Kala Pahar area". Receiving this news, the Muslim settlers announced by loudspeaker, "Come forward, come forward, indigenous people attacked Bengali people". Without any enquiry, the Muslim settlers gathered with sharp metal weapons and then attacked indigenous houses of Jamtala Kala Pahar area. Indigenous villagers could narrowly escape. The Muslim settlers destroyed following four houses and robbed valuables:

  1. Mr. Dipanta Chakma s/o Nishi Kumar Chakma of Kala Pahar of West Kiang Ghat. One sewing machine, two bags including valuable clothes and Taka 4,500, two indigenous blankets, 27 Kgs of rice etc were robbed and house was destroyed.
  2. Mr. Bodhipriya Chakma s/o Nana Chakma of same village. One 6 inches black/white television, Taka 1,200, four indigenous blankets, one wall clock, 15 kgs of rice, clothes were robbed and houes was destroyed.
  3. Mrs. Niharika Chakma of Jamtali village. One 14 inches black/white television, one dressing glass, one table clock, one 12V battery etc were robbed.
  4. Ms. Basana Chakma. Taka 1,200 were robbed.

At mid-night a group of Bangladesh army led by Lt. Colonel Shams rushed at the house of Mr. Sajai Marma, Chairman of Maischari union and ordered him to attend the meeting along with local leaders to be held at Wadud Bhuiyan High School of Joy Sen Karbari Para under Mahalchari sub-district on next day (15 January 2006). Brigade commander of Khagrachari brigade also attended the meeting. Brigade Commander formed a 6-member enquiry committee headed by Mr. Sajai Marma where two members were Muslim settlers.

On that day the Bangladesh army led by Captain Mesbauddin of Deppuchari camp under Mahalchari sub-district ordered indigenous villagers not to construct houses. He threatened that 50 houses of Muslim settlers would be constructed if one indigenous house is constructed.


Sources:

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

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