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Ajetu Chakma

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.

Ajetu Chakma, an indigenous victim of the brutal attack

Bengali settlers attack indigenous Marma Buddhists in Lama

On 13 April 2013, Muslim settlers attack indigenous Marma Buddhists in Choto Nonar Bill area of Lama in Bandarban district. Total 14 people have been injured, and 2 indigenous villagers were arrested by Bangladesh army from that area. It is known that Thuinumong Marma wanted to make a boundary wall on his father’s land. But Muslim settlers Mohammad Abdul Ohab and Abul Khayer forbade Thuinumong not to build a boundary wall.

In this connection, Thuinumong filed a case against perpetrators on that day. The case file number is 501, dated 13/04/2013. After filing a case when he went to his land, he saw the Muslim settlers already broke the wall. When he went to protest along with community people, the Muslim settlers attacked them. At least 14 people of both groups including Thuimong Marma (29) s/o Tujathoi Marma and Nepa Marma (27) s/o Kejsing Marma were injured. The Muslim settlers again complaint at the Champatoli army camp under Lama zone. Then on that day at 3:30 pm a group of Bangladesh army led by Major Kamrul of 30 Bengal came to Nonar bill area and arrested Thuimong Marma and Nepa Marma. Bangladesh army took them to the camp and released after a night of detention.

It is known that, Abdul Ohab was originally from plain district Noakhali. He came to Bandarban with his job of WAPDA. He bought land illegally breaking the provisions of Hill District Council Act of 1989. According to the buying land and real property Thuinumong’s father is the land owner, but Abdul Ohab has been demanding illegally that land. A case was filed in connection with this incident.


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