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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 army threatens the indigenous headman to agree to Bengali settlement in Ugudochari Mouza of Khagrachari district

On 8 December 2007 the second-in-command of Mahalchari Army zone Major Gaffar threatened Niroti Chakma, headman of Ugudochari Mouza under Khagrachari district to agree to new Muslim settlement in his area. The Major called Niroti Chakma and Biswajit Chakma, chairman of Kiangghat Union under Mahalchari to the zone headquarters and asked them to agree to the army plan to settle more Muslim settlers in Ugudochari. He sought to coerce them into agreeing the plan and said: "I can put you in a dungeon any time. So do as you are told. You must look into the matter of the Bengalis".

Niroti Chakma told the Army commander that when it came to the settlement of the Muslim settlers he was helpless because they did not possess any valid land documents. He also reminded him that all the lands the settlers want to settle on belong to the indigenous people.


Sources:

Hill Watch Human Rights Forum
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