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Bangladesh army sponsored Muslim settlers
On 22 September 2012 Bangladesh army backed Muslim settlers attacked indigenous Buddhist people in Rangamati. When the indigenous people counter attacked in self defence Bangladesh army took side with the Muslim settlers. 76 indigenous people were injured and numerous indigenous properties were destroyed. The Muslim settlers are attacking South Kalindipur area on 22nd September.

Bengali settlers attack indigenous people following killing of a Bengali labourer by UPDF in Matiranga

On 25 January 2013, Bengali settlers attack 2 indigenous villages at Khedachara of Matiranga in Khagrachari district following the killing of a Bengali worker and wounding 2 others by armed elements of UPDF. Around 10 houses belonging to indigenous Marma and Tripura communities of Rabidhan Mog Para and Buddha Kumar Karbari Para were set on fire.

The UPDF has been demanding extortion from a brick field situated at Khedachara area in Matiranga. As no extortion was paid, on 25 January at around 7.30 pm armed cadres of UPDF raided brick field and tried to kidnap manager of brick field. Armed terrorists of the UPDF opened fire on laboruers of brick-field while the labourers were shouting to oppose kidnapping of brick-field manager. In this attack, a brick-field labourer named Farook Hossain (35) was shot dead at spot and two others namely Abul Hossain and Shahajahan were wounded.

Following this incident, the Bengali settlers attacked Horidhan Marma Para and Buddha Kumar Karbari Para of Khedachara under Matiranga, about 5-6 miles north-east of Matiranga town, leaving 10 indigenous houses (7 houses of Horidhan Marma Para and 3 houses of Buddha Kumar Karbari Para) ablaze.

Bangladesh army, Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and police rushed there and dispersed the Bengali settlers. Indigenous villagers of nearby areas including Horidhan Marma Para and Buddha Kumar Karbari Para fled their homes and took refuge in the jungle fearing further attack. Tension is still prevailing in this area.


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