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Indigenous victims of Sajek Muslim attack

On 20 April 2008 Bangladesh army backed Muslim settlers attacked and burnt down 76 indigenous Buddhist houses in Sajek. The aim of the attack was to drive out the indigenous Buddhist villagers and grab their land. The indigenous Chakma Buddhists and their burnt down houses after the attack.

Bengali settlers build home on Mongol Sen Chakma's land at Purbopara in Sajek

On 24 June 2008 about 2 pm, Mohammed Helal (23) began building a house on the land of Mongol Sen Chakma (45) at Purbopara village in Sajek. Helal's father and mother were assisting him in the work. When Mongol Sen Chakma's wife, Mrs. Poran Sona Chakma (38) protested, a heated altercation ensued between them. In the face of the protest, the Muslim settlers stopped work and left. However, a few minutes later they came back with more fellow settlers. Among them was "butcher" Shah Alam and chased Poran Sona Chakma away. The Muslim settlers were armed with machete and other sharp weapons.

On 26 June, a group of Bangladesh army personnel from Baghaihat zone surrounded the house of Poran Sona Chakma and searched for her husband Mongol Sen Chakma. He was not available at home at the time. While the Bangladesh army continues to intimidate the indigenous people with arrests and house searches, the Muslim settlers keep on building new houses on forcibly grabbed lands.


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