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Longadu Man

On 17 February 2011 Border Guards of Bangladesh and Muslim settlers attacked the indigenous Buddhist people at Longadu leaving at least 2 indigenous people seriously injured. The aim of the attack was to drive out the indigenous Chakma Buddhists and grab their land. A Chakma man picks up the pieces after the house was burnt down by the settlers.


Muslim settlers clash with indigenous people in Longadu

On 15 January 2009, the Muslim settlers clash with the indigenous villagers at Bagachadar area under Longadu upazila (sub-district) in Rangamati. Following this incident, the Muslim settlers attacked indigenous people at Baranachari bazaar under Barkal upazila (adjacent to Longadu upazila).

The Muslim settlers had been trying to collect forest product from the area owned by the indigenous villagers. On the other hand, the indigenous villagers had been trying to forbid them from collecting bamboos and trees from their garden and orchard. However, the Muslim settlers continued to do so. On that day, the Muslim settlers also went to the indigenous locality to collect the bamboos and trees and indigenous villagers opposed them. At that stage, a clash broke out between the two communities.

In retaliation to this incident, the Muslim settlers attacked indigenous people who went to Baranachari bazaar. That day was the market day. Many indigenous villagers were injured in this attack. Two indigenous villagers who were seriously injured got admitted at Al-Rabeta hospital at Longadu. On the other, 8 Muslim settlers were also admitted at same hospital with injuries.

Following this incident, indigenous people were banned from Kalanagya bazaar by the Muslim settlers from Kalabanya and Bhushanchara under Barkal upazila. Local indigenous villagers said that Muslim settlers issued this ban on indigenous people with the purpose of prohibit the indigenous voters to cast their votes at Kalabanya polling centre during forthcoming Upazila Parishad election scheduled to be held on 22 January.


Sources:

Kapaeeng Foundation
(A human rights organisation for Indigenous Peoples in Bangladesh)
E-mail:kapaeeng.watch@gmail.com, kapaeeng.foundation@micico.ch

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