On 19-20 February 2010 Bangladesh army backed Muslim settlers attacked the indigenous Buddhist people at Baghaichari. Many 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. Members of the Bangladesh army in CHT.
Bangladesh army conduct massive military operation in Rangamati district
On 2 November 2007, Bangladesh army launched a massive coordinated military operation in a large swathe of areas in Baghaichari, Longadu, Naniachar, Barkal and Jurachari under Rangamati district involving four thousand army personnel and members of para-military Bangladesh Rifles (BDR). Army personnel from Baghaichari zone, Longadu zone, Mahalchari zone and Rangamati zone are taking part in the operation.
Although it is aimed at "nabbing terrorists", the army operation will have a huge impact on the new voter list, which is being prepared in the three hill districts. An all pervassive sense of fear is prevailing among the indigenous people in those areas. As the army has been involved in the process of enlisting voters, many and particularly the eligible indigenous youths will be afraid to enroll in the presence of the army personnel. The soldiers are carrying out raids, conducting house-to-house search and checking boats and ferries which ply on the Kaptai Lake.
Hill Watch Human Rights Forum
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