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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 grab indigenous land in Bandarban

10 August 2008, a group of Muslim settlers grabbed land from the indigenous villagers at Kyaching Karbari Para under Bandarban district. At around 3.00 am, Muslim settlers led by Kazi Mujibur Rahman, vice president of army-backed Sama Odhikar Andolon constructed 12 houses on land owned by Kyaching Karbari. Following the forcible occupation of land, Kyaching Karbari filed a case with judicial magistrate court of Bandarban district on 11 August. In addition, he also lodged a case against the Muslim settlers with Bandarban police station. Officer-in-Charge (OC) of police station called both parties. But instead of evicting the Muslim settlers from forcibly grabbed land, he only ordered the Muslim settlers not to further expand occupation and houses.

Kyaching Karbari has around 30 acres of land in this area. Muslim settlers constructed at least 150 houses occupying around 4 acres of his land in the last 3 years. Kyaching Karbari lodged a case against the land grabbers. Court ordered to maintain status quo. But in violation of the court order, the Muslim settlers constructed further 12 houses. 6 months ago the Muslim settlers built a mosque and a madrasa on the occupied land with financial help from the Bangladesh army of Bandarban brigade.


Sources:

Kapaeeng Foundation (An Human Rights Organization for Indigenous Peoples of Bangladesh)
E-mail: kapaeeng.foundation@gmail.com, kapaeeng.watch@gmail.com

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