Bangladesh government scheme to grab 30 acres of indigenous land in Dighinala
Bangladesh government illegally schemed to acquire 31.63 acres of indigenous land in Dighinala of Khagrachari district. Bangladesh government illegally earmarked the land for establishment of battalion headquarters for Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB).
At least 50 indigenous families of Santosh Kumar Karbari Para, Gobinda Karbari Para and Notu Chandra Karbari Para will be evicted from their ancestral land if the scheme is implemented.
The headman of Dighinala Mr. Prantor Chakma said that the intention of government is to occupy the indigenous peoplesí land in the name of construction of army camp or BGB camp. He said that the construction of BGB camp means strengthening the settlement of Muslim settlers at the area.
In 1989 during the political unrest of Chittagong Hill Tracts, the local indigenous people of the area took refuge in India for safety. At that time, Bangladesh army occupied their land. The indigenous people returned home in 1998 after the Peace Accord. But they did not get back their homesteads from Bangladesh army. They filed a writ petition in 2005 to get back their homesteads. As they did not receive any notice or decision from High Court, they started to build their homes on their land. But Bangladesh army authority obstructed them. On 23 September 2013 a scuffle broke out between the indigenous villagers and Bangladesh army due to the obstruction when the indigenous people tried to erect houses on their land.
The Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Khagrachari district Mr. Masud Karim said that the acquisition process is at the final stage. The land would be acquired except the lands of 10 cases of writ petition in the High Court. When asked whether the matter was discussed with the Hill District Council, the DC said, the land would be acquired through accomplishing all legal procedures.
On the other hand, the Chittagong Hill Tracts Accord (clause 26b) states, "Notwithstanding anything contained in any other law for the time being in force, no land, hill or forest under the controlled and within the jurisdiction of the Council shall be acquired or transferred by the Government without consultation with or the consent of the Council".
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