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On 19-20 February 2010 Bangladesh army backed Muslim settlers attacked the indigenous Buddhist people at Baghaichari. Many indigenous houses were burnt down including Buddhist temples. The aim of the attack was to drive out the indigenous Chakma Buddhists and grab their land. Members of the Bangladesh army in CHT.

Bangladesh army tortures indigenous people over land dispute in Sajek

On 21 January 2010, Bangladesh army indiscriminately beat 8 indigenous people at Shaheed Ladumoni Chakma Bazar under Sajek union at Baghaichhari sub-district following a dispute over land. The victims were identified as Gayanamoy Karbari, Gayanandu Chakma, Bindu Chakma, Shanti Bimal Chakma, Anadi Ranjan Chakma and Lojo Mukhi Chakma.

Locals said the incident first took place when some indigenous people of Ratkaba scolded two indigenous women as they came to the local bazar to sell their goods despite a ban by villagers. The villagers have been avoiding the market as part of a demand for returning them their lands grabbed by the Muslim settlers and stopping resettlement in Gongaram Mukh areas.

On information, the Bangladesh army personnel of Baghaihat zone picked up two youths- Karnajoy Chakma and Kalabija Chakma from the bazar and beaten them up mercilessly at their office, leaving them injured. At one stage, village women under the banner of Sachetan Nari Committee, led by its Convener Lojo Mukhi Chakma, protested the army action on the youths and rescued them.

Following the incident, the Bangladesh army personnel went to the bazar again and beaten up the indigenous people indiscriminately, leaving eight people injured.

Earlier, the villagers, under the banner of Sajek Bhumi Rakkha Committee, submitted a memorandum to the Baghaichhari UNO on January 10 with an ultimatum of January 16 to return them their lands, police and locals said. As the deadline expired without any fruitful result on January 16, they (villagers) started their agitation and stopped going to the market from January 18.


Sources:

Kapaeeng Foundation
E-mail:kapaeeng.watch@gmail.com, kapaeeng.foundation@micico.ch

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