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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.

Bengali settlers resume expansion of settlement in Sajek

Since 17 January 2010 Muslim settlers with the support of Bangladesh army resumed expansion of their settlement in Sajek area under Baghaichari upazila in Rangamati district.

The Muslim settlers started to construct the house at Gangaram Duar area under Sajek union since 17 January 2010. The Muslim settlers had already erected a number of houses on indigenous Buddhist villagersí land.

In protest of the expansion of the Muslim settlement, local Buddhist villagers are boycotting the Baghaihat bazaar since the start of expansion of Muslim settlement. On the contrary, the Bangladesh army and the Muslim settlers are also preventing the Buddhist villagers who are trying to take their agricultural products to Baghaichari bazaar or Dighinala bazaar for selling. Hence Buddhist villagers are suffering from lack of market of their products.

It is mentionable that on 20 April 2008 the Muslim settlers with the help of Bangladesh army set fire on 7 Buddhist villages where 78 Buddhist houses were completely burnt to ashes in order to occupy the Buddhist villagersí land. After the incident, in some cases the indigenous villagers were prevented by the Bangladesh army to re-construct their houses on their land. Even one Buddhist villager named Ladu Moni Chakma was brutally killed by Muslim settlers on 19 August 2008 as he did not agree to leave his land as per order of the Muslim settlers and gave interview to the CHT Commission.


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