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 arrests 3 Chakma villagers in Karallyachari for building Buddhist retreat
On March 15 2009, Bangladesh army arrested three Chakma villagers from Sarnath Arannyo Kuthir (a Buddhist retreat) in Karallyachari under Mahalchari Upazila in Khagrachari district. Warrant Officer, Mohamed Wahid of Bangladesh army arrested the victims at 9am while they were sawing logs in the Buddhist retreat.
The detainees were identified as Shanti Ranjan Chakma (45), Amar Singh Chakma (40) and America Chakma (45). They are from Karallyachari village. The army handed them over to the police station in Mahalchari.
However, no case was filed against them.
During the state of emergency in 2007 and 2008, the army and the Muslim settlers made repeated attempts to capture the 8 acres land of the Buddhist retreat. The local administration imposed section 145 in the area prohibiting the gathering of people and banning construction work in the Buddhist retreat. Army personnel have been deployed to the area since January.
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