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Muslim settlers clear land of Sadantila Buddhist Temple

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.


Bangladesh government orders eviction of indigenous refugees from temporary camps in Dighinala

On 3 June 2007, meeting of the Task Force on rehabilitation of the returnee tribal refugee and internally tribal displaced families was held at circuit house of Khagrachari district. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Samiron Dewan, Chairman of the Task Force. Other members of the Task force Mohamed Mokhlesur Rahman- divisional commissioner of Chittagong division, Mr. Sudhasindhu Khisa- representative of PCJSS, Mr. Sujit Dewan- member of the Ranagmati Hill District Council, Mr. Harunar Rashid- member of the Khagrachari Hill District Council, Mr. Santoshita Chakma Bakul- representative of Jumma Refugee Welfare Association, Mr. Nasiruddin Khan- representative of CHT Affairs Ministry (joint secretary), Major Awalad- representative of General Commanding Officer of 24th infantry division of Chittagong cantonment, government nominated member Mohamed Jafar Ahmed and government officials attended the meeting.

Rehabilitation of the indigenous refugees and internationally displaced families was one of the core issues of the 1997 CHT Accord. But the successive governments have been using delay-dallying tactic to rehabilitate them. To comply with the government policy, the Task Force on Rehabilitation has also been killing time in the name of holding meetings. This meeting that was held on 3 June 2007 in Khagrachari was nothing but eyewash.

Though Mr. Samiron Dewan is the chairman of the Task Force, the meeting was controlled by its member-secretary as well as divisional commissioner of Chittagong division Mohamed Mokhlesur Rahman. He misbehaved with the chairman of the Task Force. It is also learnt that Mohamed Mokhlesur Rahman charged chairman of the committee Mr. Samiron Dewan for not functioning well during last four-year tenure. He threatened that the government would take action for abolition of the Task Force if it does not work properly. At a stage he dictated the Task Force to evict 26 refugee families from Dighinala Residential School. It is worth mentioning that Muslim settlers set up a bazaar (market) on the land of 26 refugee families at Boalkhali area in Dighinala while they (26 families) were in refugee camp in Indian State of Tripura from 1986 to 1998. Hence, 26 refugee families have been demanding the return of their own land by evicting the Muslim settlers. However, the government representatives, such as, member-secretary and divisional commissioner of Chittagong division, representative of General Commanding Officer of 24th infantry division, representative of CHT Affairs Ministry, and so on have always been bypassing the demand of the 26 refugee families. This is why the rehabilitation process of the 26 families has always been hindered. However, this time the member-secretary of the committee as well as divisional commissioner of Chittagong division Mohamed Mokhlesur Rahman gave decision without having consent from other members of the Task Force and without having consideration of just demand of the 26 refugee families.


Sources:

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

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