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Baghaihat Monk

On 19-20 February 2010 Bangladesh army backed Muslim settlers attacked the indigenous people at Baghaichari. At least 76 indigenous houses were burnt down including Buddhist temples. The aim of the attack was to drive out the indigenous Chakma Buddhists and grab their land. A Buddhist monk surveys his gutted temple.

Bangladesh army prevents repair of Buddhist temple in Maischari of Khagrachari district

On 3 January 2008, the Bangladesh army personnel asked the indigenous Chakma villagers to stop repair work of a Buddhist temple in Maischari under Khagrachari district. A group of ten army personnel from Bizitola camp arrived at Sarnath Arannyo Kuthir temple at about 1:30 p.m. and ordered the devotees to stop the repair work they had been doing for the last two months. They also briefly detained Aungjyo Karbari, the village head of Korngjyo Karbari Para and interrogated him about the temple work.

About 50 indigenous men and women from Choudhury Para village were working when the army personnel came there. Earlier in the morning, another group of army men from Kiang-ghat camp had visited the temple but said nothing to the devotees. Hundreds of Buddhist devotees from nearby villages such as Karallyachari, Jadugonala, Rangapanichara, Mubachari, Sabgujya, Manikchari, Bolipara, Bachchupara, Magistrate Para and Choudhury para have been working daily for the uplift of the temple.

Some Muslim settlers accompanied the army to the temple. They are believed to have surveyed the area near the temple for encroachment. One and half months ago, the Muslim settlers from Maischari, Noonchari and Kiang-ghat cluster villages made attempts to capture these lands. The Muslim settlers had already taken away hundreds of acres of land belonging to the indigenous people with direct assistance from the Bangladesh army.


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