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Settlers clear indigenous land

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.

Bengali settlers forcibly harvest from indigenous land in Longadu

On 26 July 2008 Sagarbacha Chakma's wife in Baro Harikaba village of Longadu went to harvest rice in their land. But to her utter surprise and dismay, she found that some Muslim settlers from Bhaibone Chara had been harvesting rice from her field.

She made a strong protest and chased them away wielding a machete in her hand. A Muslim settler was slightly injured when she hit him with the machete. Thereafter, a group of 15-20 Muslim settlers led by Nupur Ali came back to mount a reprisal attack on the indigenous Buddhist people. Apparently, the retreating settlers misreported the incident to their fellow settlers and provoked them against the indigenous Buddhists. When the settlers reached a village shop, they found a large number of indigenous Buddhists already assembled there, a common sight in almost every village shop in the CHT. Unaware of the incident, the indigenous Buddhists asked the settlers what they had been up to. The truth came out when they talked to each other and a mutual settlement was reached.


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