Bengali settlers attack indigenous people with the support of Border Guard of Bangladesh in Longadu
On 17 February 2011 the Bengali Muslim settlers attacked indigenous people of Gulshakhali and Rangipara of Longadu upazila in Rangamati district. At least 23 indigenous houses including one BRAC school were burnt down. The Muslim settlers mercilessly beat two Chakma students at Tintilya jetty in Longadu.
On 15 February 2011 in the morning two Muslim settlers named Mohamed Saber Ali (33) s/o Nehat Ali and Mohamed Sahid (35) s/o Julya Pagala from Rahamatpur of Gulshakhali union went to nearby jungle of Gulshakhali area to collect flower-broom (a kind of natural broom). Mohamed Sahid returned home. However Mohamed Saber Ali went missing.
On 16 February 2011 around 10.00am police and BGB recovered the dead body of Saber Ali from Rangipara area and brought it to the Longadu police station at 3:00pm. Saber Ali was suffering from epilepsy. So, the locals including the civil administration guessed that Saber Ali might had died from his illness. Witnesses also confirmed that no injury was found on the dead body. However in the evening around 5.30pm, the Muslim settlers spread communal tension alleging that the indigenou people were responsible for the death of Saber Ali and brought out processions separately at Gulshakhali bazaar and Choumuhani bazaar. The Muslim settlers also brought out another procession at Longadu headquarter area at mid night.
On 17 February 2011 the Muslim settlers again began to spread communal agitation in the area. At 11:00am the Muslim settlers led by Khalilur Rahaman Khan, president of Bangalee Student Council and one Abdur Rahim (journalist) brought out a procession at Longadu headquarter. Police and local administration did nothing to dissipate the communal tension. At about 1.00pm, the Muslim settlers attacked two indigenous Chakma students who came from Rangamati by ferry at Tintilya jetty. They were severely beaten. They were identified as-
Later, the injured students were admitted at Rangamati General Hospital. Afterwards, at about 5:00pm the Muslim settlers again began to gather. A group numbering 200-250 Muslim settlers attacked indigenou Chakma villages and set fire on indigenous houses. In the attack, at least 23 indigenous houses including one BRAC school were burnt down. The BGB did nothing to stop the Muslim settlers from setting fire on indigenous houses. Muslim settlers first set fire on the houses of Sukra Chakma and Amiya Kanti Chakma of Rangipara. Then indigenous villagers gathered themselves and tried to defend the remaining houses and fended off the Muslim settlers. Indigenous leaders also informed the local administration including police. However, the administration did not take any action to stop the Muslim settlers. A group of BGB led by Habildar Jahangir rushed to the scene. Emboldened by the BGBs, the Muslim settlers increased their attack. Muslim settlers then proceeded to Gulshakhali village and indiscriminately set fire on indigenous houses. Indigenous villagers alleged that BGB personnel supported the Muslim settlers while they were setting fire on the indigenous houses.
The culprits and miscreants who led the Muslim settlers were identified as:
The Muslim settlers who were brought from the plain land of Bangladesh and settled at Gulshakhali, Bogachadar and Kalapagujya areas under Longadu upazila in 1980s had been trying to grab indigenous land. As part of that paln, on 21 December 2010 the Muslim settlers attacked indigenous villagers of Shanti Nagar. They inhumanly beat 14 indigenous people and ransacked 5 houses. It is suspected that Saber Ali might had been killed by Muslim settlers to create a pretext for attack on indigenous people. Muslim settlers fabricated and spread a rumour that there were several injuries on the dead body. However, a doctor who performed post-mortem said that there was no injury.
Sources:PCJSS (Parbatya Chattagram Jana Samhati Samiti)
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