In August 2007 Bangladesh army backed Muslim settlers broke into the boundary of Sadhantila Buddhist Temple in Dighinala and began clearing the land for erecting houses inside the temple boundary.
Bangladesh army attempt to grab indigenous peoples' land in Balaghata of Bandarban
On 2 December 2007 the residents of Balaghata in Bandarban Municipality demanded the government to scrap the plan to acquire 131.27 acres of indigenous land in a residential area for the purpose of expanding Bandarban army cantonment. The demand was made in a memorandum submitted to the Chief Adviser of the Interim Caretaker Government via Deputy Commissioner of Bandarban . A total of 131 persons endorsed and signed the memo. The memo stated that if the plan is implemented a total of 196 families will be displaced.
The area proposed to be acquired also houses 3 Buddhist temples. The Buddhist temples are Gyana Ratna Buddha Vihara, Lemuzhiri Agapara Buddha Vihara and Karunapur Bana Vihara. These temples will be destroyed if the land is acquired. The memo further stated that there are families who will be evicted for the third time in their lifetime. For example, Muktadhan Tongchongya, Nolini Mohan Tongchongya, late Chitra Sen Chakma alias Boidyo, late Chandra Mohan Tongchongya and Thoaingcha Pru settled in Balaghata after they were displaced by the construction of Kaptai dam in the 1960s. They were displaced for the second time when Bandarban Brigade headquarters were established in the early 1980s.
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