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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.

Bengali settlers attack indigenous people in Longadu

On 21 December 2010, Bengali Muslim settlers attacked indigenous people of Shantinagar of Gulshakhali union under Longadu.On that day early in the morning a group of Muslim settlers went to a nearby area owned by the indigenous people to collect wood and bamboo. The indigenous people opposed them to collect wood and bamboo from their land and at a stage indigenous people beat a Muslim settler named Mohamed Imtaz (25). He returned to his village and spread the news of the incident. He tried to agitate the Muslim settlers. Around noon a group of Muslim settlers numbering 33-35 and led by Abu Hanif (45) and Rufijuddin (40) attacked indigenous people of Shantinagar. The Muslim settlers beat the indigenous people of the village and ransacked 5 indigenous houses. In the attack 2 indignous men named Dhak Badhi Chakma (25) and Binay Chandra Chakma (40) were seriously injured and admitted to Longadu Hospital.

On 24 December 2010 in the evening, the Muslim settlers again tried to create tension and attack indigenous people of Shantinagar. The Muslim settlers gathered and proceeded towards the village. Indigenous people also gathered to oppose the the Muslim settlers. In this circumstance, the indigenous leaders informed UNO of the fact and requested to take urgent measure. Then a group of BDR rushed to the scene and stopped the communal riot.

Following the communal tension, BDR set up a camp between the Muslim settler and indigenous villages. A group of BDR numbering 30-32 cleared the bush and built a camp on almost 5-6 acres of land. The camp was set up on indigenous owned land.

Following the attack, Muslim settlers led by Raju Khalifa (Rajnagar), Ramdan (VDR Nayek) and Alal (Rajnagar) had been trying to grab at least 30 acres of indigenous owned land. Indigenous people had been cultivating these land for decades. Indigenous people complained to the BDR camp authority and local civil administration, but no action had been taken so far. If the land grabbing is continued, then 8,000 indigenous people of 10 villages will be uprooted from this area.


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