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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 terrorizes the indigenous people of Kaokhali

April 08, 2010, the indigenous people in Kaokhali have been living in fear, as the Bangladesh army steps up patrol in the indigenous areas since the murder of Mrs. Jharna Dewan on 29 March 2010 by the Muslim settlers.

"The members of Bangladesh military have been patrolling indigenous villages such as Talukdarpara, Ullah, Rengeypara, Panchari, Sugunochari and Betchari day and night causing fear among the residents." a high school teacher told chtnews.com by mobile phone from Kaokhali bazaar.

A resident of Talukdarpara said, "The Commanding Officer of Kaokhali army zone came to our village 3 to 4 days ago and threatened us with massacres and tortures. He said 'we are here since 1980, and we know how to handle a gun' indirectly referring to Kalampati massacre that took place in 1980."

An indigenous villager said the army had been patrolling the area in shifts. "One group comes in the morning and stays till sun set, while another group replaces it at night." he added.

The army became particularly aggressive after the indigenous people had taken to the streets to protest the killing of Mrs. Jharna Dewan over a land dispute with the Muslim settlers.


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