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Bilaichari Broken Buddha
On 28 January 2012 Bangladesh army backed Muslim settlers attacked a Buddhist temple at Bilaichari of Rangamati. The Muslim settlers broke images of Lord Buddha and plundered valuables of the temple. The attack was in response to the killing of Mohamed Shah Alam (45) on 27 January 2012 by unidentified miscreants.

Bengali settlers attack and plunder a Buddhist temple in Bilaichari following the death of a settler

On 28 January 2012, a group of Muslim settlers attacked a Buddhist Temple in Harinchara of Bilaichari, Rangamati district following the death of a Muslim settler. The Muslim settlers broke images of Lord Buddha and different parts of the temple. They plundered valuables of the temple. The attack was led by Mohamed Barek, Mohamed Mahedul, Mohamed Kasem, Mohamed Mohar, Mohamed Ismail, Mohamed Tarekul and Nazarul. Ven. Sumanananda Bhikku, acting principal of the temple could narrowly escape as he took shelter in the jungle. The house of Bimal Chakma neighboring the Buddhist temple also came under attack.

On 27 January 2012 one medicinal tree cultivator named Mohamed Shah Alam (45) was killed by unidentified miscreants at Harinchara area. Following the killing, without any clue, nearby Muslim settlers indiscriminately attacked the Buddhist temple.

On 29 January 2012 a delegation of Parbatya Bhikku Sangha, an organization of Buddhist monks, led by Dharma Nanda Mahathera, vice-president of Central Committee, visited the spot. Later, leaders of the Buddhist monks organised a press briefing at the Buddhist temple and demanded immediate punishment of the attackers through forming a probe committee and conducting proper investigation of the fact. They also condemned the killing of Mohamed Shah Alam. At that time, Nandiya Mahathera, Central Organising Secretary, Agrojyoti Sthavir, Publicity Secretary, Dharmananda Mahathera, President of Bilaichari branch, Arjya Lonker Thera, General Secretary, Headman Jyotin Chandra Tanchaungya, Milan Tanchaungya, member of Jibtali union were also present in the press briefing.


Sources:

Kapaeeng Foundation
(A Human Rights Organization for Indigenous Peoples of Bangladesh)
E-mail: kapaeeng.foundation@gmail.com, kapaeeng.watch@gmail.com
Web: www.kapaeeng.org

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