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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.


Bengali settler MP Mr. Abdul Wadud Bhuiyan raises anti-accord and anti-indigenous motion in Bangladesh parliament

On 29 May 2006 Mr. Abdul Wadud Bhuiyan MP (a Muslim settler) raised anti-accord motion at the meeting of Parliamentary Standing Committee on CHT. He recommended that the people of the ethnic minority communities should be termed as ‘tribal’ instead of ‘indigenous’. He also made false accusation that the NGOs (Non Government Organizations) working in the CHT region were giving funds to the ‘tribal terrorists’ to purchase firearms in the name of development works. He accused the NGOs of converting the local people to Christian religion in exchange of money adding 80 percent people of the Tripura community, 60 percent of Marma, 40 percent of Chakma and above 90 percent of small other communities have already been converted to Christianity. The Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee Mohammed Mosharaf Hossain MP, accepted the allegation against the NGOs and included the issue in the next meeting agenda. However, the Deputy Minister for CHT Affairs Mr. Moni Sawpan Dewan denied the allegations of Wadud Bhuiyan. Some local NGOs in CHT submitted a letter to the Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee protesting the accusation as baseless and politically motivated.


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