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On 19-20 February 2010 Bangladesh army backed Muslim settlers attacked the indigenous Buddhist people at Baghaichari. The settlers destroyed many indigenous houses and Buddhist temples. The aim of the attack was to drive out the indigenous Chakma Buddhists and grab their land. One of the Buddhist temples burnt down by the settlers.

Bangladesh army forbids the use of loudspeaker at a Buddhist temple in Babuchara

On 5 November 2007, Major Qamruzzaman, commander of Babuchara army zone, summoned Sneha Moy Chakma and Santosh Jibon Chakma to his base and threatened them not to use loudspeaker during the Buddhist religious festival. The Major gave no reason for the whimsical embargo, but added that he would allow loudspeakers only if they could show written permission from the Deputy Commissioner of Khagrachari district.

But there is no restriction on Muslims on the use of loudspeakers. Muslim Imams are always using them during their religious functions and gatherings, needless to mention the Muazzin's call to prayers five times a day.

On 1 November 2007, the Bangladesh army personnel halted the car carrying the Buddhist monk Sumanalankar Bhikkhu at a check post in Babuchara. He was on his way to attend the Buddhist festival at Jyanangkur Buddha Vihara in Babuchara under Khagrachari district. Other vehicles carrying Buddhist monks were also halted and checked. The soldiers tried to prevent them from attending the religious festival. However, when Sumanalankar Bhikkhu threatened to begin observing the festival right in front of the camp, the army man finally gave in. Religious intolerance among the Bangladesh army personnel runs deep and persecution of Buddhist monks and their followers is commonplace in CHT.


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