Army operation against indigenous villages in Naikhyingchari
On 16 August 2009 a group of BDR (Bangladesh Rifles) of 15 Battalion from Naikhyongchari camp and RAB (Rapid Action Battalion) jointly conducted operation at Baishari area under Naikhyongchari upazila in Bandarban district in the pretext of rescuing supervisor of rubber plantation Mr. Hefazuddin. It is mentionable that Mr. Hefazuddin and labourer Mohamed Najer were abducted on 15 August allegedly by an extortionist group led by Prokash Chakma who introduces himself a member of UPDF. Later, the abductors released Mohamed Najer and demanded ransom for releasing supervisor Mr. Hefazuddin.
During the operation, the BDR and RAB first encircled the Badurjiri Chak Para under Naikhyongchari upazila and arrested following 7 innocent indigneous people.
Soon after the arrest, the BDR & RAB took them to a nearby primary school and brutally tortured them. Then they released all except Aungchagya Chak. Aungchagya Chak was kept under BDR custody since the arrest. He was not handed over to police authority and even produced before court.
Again, on 22 August 2009 BDR and RAB jointly conducted operation to rescue Mr. Hefazuddin. They took following 12 indigenous villagers as helpers for search operation.
But BDR and RAB failed to rescue Mr. Hefazuddin. Due to failing, they became angry upon the helpers of innocent indigenous villagers. Then the indigenous villagers were gathered at a local junior high school and inhumanly torturee by turn by the BDR and RAB there. Besides them, the following Chak villagers were also brutally tortured by the BDR and RAB at the junior high school.
Most of villagers were set free on 22 August, except 7 innocent villagers. BDR kept them under its custody. Another 4 villagers were released on 23 August afternoon, but following indigenous villagers are still under BDR custody without producing before the court as par law.
BDR and RAB personnel threatened that all the villagers would be put in jail and indigenous villagers would be evicted if the villagers failed to rescue Mr. Hefazuddin. The villagers of indigenous community at Baishari areas under Naikhyongchari are living with fears and insecurity.
Sources:PCJSS (Parbatya Chattagram Jana Samhati Samiti)
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