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Baghaihat Monk

On 19-20 February 2010, Bangladesh army backed Muslim settlers attacked the indigenous people at Baghaichari. At least 76 indigenous houses were burnt down including Buddhist temples. The aim of the attack was to drive out the indigenous Chakma Buddhists and grab their land. A Buddhist monk surveys his gutted temple.


Bengali settlers set fire on Buddhist temple in Longadu of Rangamati district

On 6 August 2006 a group of Muslim settlers led by Rafique Uddin destroyed the Buddhist temple of Challyatali village under Longadu, Rangamati. Their aim was to grab the temple land. The indigenous villagers objected to the UNO (local civil administrator) against Rafique Uddin and his gang. The indigenous villagers demanded a freeze to land grabbing and religious persecution. On 7 August UNO formed a inquiry committee with Chairman of Bhasanya Adam Mr. Nurucchafa, former Longadu Chairman Mr. Sukhamoy Chakma, representative of Longadu police station, Commander of Challyatali BDR camp and Kanungo (government employee on land). However, on 8 August the Muslim settlers led by Rafique Uddin set fire the temple. A case was filed with Longadu police station in connection with the arson. But no culprit was arrested so far. It is mentionable that the temple was built with the financial assistance of Ministry of CHT Affairs.


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