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Minister for CHT Affairs in Baghaichari
On 19-20 February 2010, the Bengali settlers backed by Bangladesh army attacked the indigenous people at Baghaichari leaving at least 6 indigenous people dead. The aim of the attack was to drive out the indigenous Chakma Buddhists and grab their land. The indigenous Chakma people protest the killing and land grabbing to the Minister for CHT Affairs Mr. Dipankar Talukdar.

State Minister for CHT Affairs visits Baghaihat

On 21 February 2010, State Minister of Ministry of CHT Affairs Dipankar Talukdar visited the Baghaihat area where at least 10 indigenou Chakma Buddhist villages were burnt to ashes. The indigenous villagers resisted the state minister at Bangaltali village putting barricade on the road around 10.00 am. The agitated indigenous villagers encircled the State Minister alleging that local administration did not take any action against the Bengali Muslim settlers who burnt down the indigenous houses. At a stage, the agitated indigenous villagers damaged the vehicle of the Upazila Executive Officer of Baghaichari upazila (sub-district) A. H. M. Humayun Kabir in Ansar (Islamic Guards) Camp area. However, the UNO was not inside the vehicle.

Dipankar Talukdar assured the indigenous people that action would be taken against those responsible for this incident within the next seven days. However, he, without indicating the persons responsible to this heinous attack, said that there are some criminals in both the indigenous and Bangali people, who practice ill politics involving people from the groups. He added that the criminals benefit from the practice but the general people suffer.

State Minister was accompanied by Chairman of Task Force on Rehabilitation of Returnee Refugee and IDPs Mr. Jotindra Lal Tripura and Police Super of Rangamati district Masud-ul-Hassan.

In Bangaltali village, the indigenous Chakma villagers brought one dead body of indigenous people, who was killed in army firing on Saturday’s attack, before the minister and placed their demands, including withdrawal of section 144 from the area. It is mentionable that section 144 is still effective in Baghaihat area. Hence the indigenous villagers cannot move and cannot trace the bodies of the deceased. Indigenous people claimed that they heard that army gathered 7 dead bodies of indigenous villagers. More dead bodies might also be concealed by the Bangladesh army.

So far no relief from government side or non-government has been provided. Most of the indigenous villagers took shelter in the deep forest fearing further attack. Victims of the indigenous families became totally ruined. Most of them were passing days without food. They were staying on open sky.


Sources:

PCJSS (Parbatya Chattagram Jana Samhati Samiti)
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