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Chakma mother and victim of Teknaf
On 30 May 2012 Bangladesh police and Muslim settlers raided indigenous Buddhist villages of Howaikyong area under Teknaf in Cox’s Bazaar. In this attack 12 Chakma villagers were severely wounded. 7 Chakma villagers including 4 minors were arrested without warrant. One pregnant woman prematurely gave birth to a baby due to torture and several women were sexually harassed.

Bengali settlers incite communal riot against indigenous people in Matiranga

On 4 August 2012, Bengali Muslim settlers attempted to commit communal attack on indigenous people at Kadamtali village of Barnal union under Matiranga in Khagrachari district. Following the communal tension, hundreds of indigenous people took shelter at Indian border of Tripura State.

On that day Muslim settlers spread rumor that a dead body of Muslim settler was found near indigenous locality at Lalmian Bagan of Mongsajai Karbari Para of Tabulchari union under Matiranga. But this propaganda was found baseless and fabricated.

The Muslim settlers again propagated that a group of indigenous people attacked 3 Muslim settlers who were returning from Matiranga bazaar. Muslim settlers also alleged that Taka 50,000 was robbed from Muslim youths. Following this propaganda, at around 8.30 pm, a group of Muslim settlers by two jeeps and around 30 motorbikes gathered at Kadamtali area to attack indigenous Chakma villagers. At that time 2 Chakma youths namely Pratulya Chakma (28) son of Japani Mohan Chakma and Pantha Moni Chakma (25) son of America Chakma of Amtali village were confined by the Muslim settlers. Ali Akbar, chairman of Barnal union rescued 2 Chakma youths from the attack of Muslim settlers. The Muslim settlers attacked the house of Sunil Chakma son of Turunga Chakma of Kadamtali village. Muslim settlers ransacked the valuables of the house.

Then Muslim settlers went to Dak Banglow bazaar and started to attack on Buddhist temple. At that time a group of BGB led by lieutenant colonel Mohamed Tabid rushed there and refrained the Muslim settlers from attack on Buddhist temple. However, Muslim settlers threw brickbat on the Buddhist temple and some shops of Dak Banglow Bazaar.

Following the attack, 165 indigenous Chakma persons fled to India. Indian border guard BSF gave them shelter and formally registered the names of the refugees. On 5 August 2012 in the morning, a flag meeting between BSF and BGB was held and 165 indigenous Chakmas who were registered by BSF were handed over to BGB Subedar Mohamed Ali. Besides, at night the indigenous villagers of Master Para of Tabulchari and Taindong area took shelter at Indo-Bangladesh border area. They returned home early in the morning on 5 August.


Sources:

PCJSS (Parbatya Chattagram Jana Samhati Samiti)
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