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Baghaihat victim

On 19-20 February 2010 Bangladesh army backed Muslim settlers attacked the indigenous people at Baghaichari leaving an indigenous man dead. The aim of the attack was to drive out the indigenous Chakma Buddhists and grab their land. The indigenous Buddhist man gunned down by the Bangladesh army.


Bangladesh army murder a Chakma youth at Shuvalong bazaar

On 26 June 2009, Mr. Tarun Kusum Chakma (30) went Shuvalong bazaar for shopping. However, a group of collaborators captured him as soon as he got off from a ferry boat at Shuvalong bazaar. The collaborators tortured him and then handed him over to the Bangladesh army of Shuvalong camp by labeling him as miscreant. However, the Bangladesh army released him after finding nothing untoward from him.

Again, the collaborators tried to capture him when he reached the bazaar after getting freedom from the Bangladesh army custody. Having no alternative to safe his life, he tried to escape from the collaborators and jumped into the Karnafuli river. At that time, a group of Bangladesh army led by Major Manjur ran after him by two separate speed boats when he was trying to escape by swimming. But the army shot him when he landed near Dhanmia shrine. He sustained bullet injuries on his leg. The Bangladesh army led by Major Manjur started to torture him. At a stage, the neck of Tarun Kasum was broken. There were several injuries on his body.

However, the Bangladesh army of Shuvalong camp fabricated several news in order to conceal their misdeed which were published on several national and local dailies and aired on electronic media. The army firstly made up a story that a dozen of armed miscreants led by Tarun Kusum Chakma proceeded toward Suvalong bazaar to commit sabotage activities. Being informed, army challenged them when the armed miscreants reached at the place near Dhanmia shrine at about 11.00 am. At one stage, the miscreants started fleeing the scene by firing gunshots at army. The army also retaliated by firing bullets, leaving Tarun Kusum Chakma dead on the spot.

The army made second story that clash between two rival groups took place near Shuvalong bazaar. Being informed, the army rushed there and recovered dead body of Tarun Kusum Chakma from the spot.

The army made a third story that the miscreants led by Tarun Kusum Chakma made armed attack on a group of regular patrolling party of the military forces when they (army) reached Dhanmia shrine.

These stories were fully fabricated by the Bangladesh army. The people who came to the market witnessed the cold blooded killing by the Bangladesh army. Victimís younger brother Palash Chakma said that Tarun Kusum Chakma was not involved with any terrorist activity. He was fully innocent.

The dead body was brought in Rangamati Hospital for post mortem in the evening on 26 June. The dead body was handed over to victimís elder sister and younger brother afternoon on 27 June.


Sources:

PCJSS (Parbatya Chattagram Jana Samhati Samiti)
E-mail: pcjss.org@gmail.com, pcjss@hotmail.com
Website: pcjss-cht.org

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