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On 19-20 February 2010 Bangladesh army backed Muslim settlers attacked the indigenous Buddhist people at Baghaichari. The settlers destroyed many indigenous houses and Buddhist temples. The aim of the attack was to drive out the indigenous Chakma Buddhists and grab their land. One of the Buddhist temples burnt down by the settlers.

Bengali settlers grab and destroy Buddhist temple in Teknaf

On 11 May 2011, the Muslim settlers led by Rashed Mahmud Ali attacked 2 indigenous people named Mr. Mong Hla Rakhine and Mr. Faa She Rakhine. Earlier Rashed Mahmud Ali the son of former Member of Parliament Prof. Mohammad Ali, grabbed Hnila Buddhist temple and a cemetery of indigenous Rakhine people of Teknaf.

Rashed Mahmud Ali made a bogus allegation against these two indigenous villagers of burglary of his goat. His gang tied them up with lash and brutally beaten them. The critically injured victims tried to file a case with Teknaf police station. But the police officers refused to accept any case against the miscreants.

The former Member of Parliament Prof. Mohammad Ali and his son Rashed Mahmud Ali have been attacking the indigenous Rakhine people with the intention to grab their lands, temple and graveyard. They destroyed the temple, damaged the Buddha images, attacked the Buddhist monks and constructed houses on the land. They also threatened the indigenous Rakhine people of further attack if they continued to protest against the land grabbing.

The indigenous Rakhine people already objected against the land grabbing and destruction of Buddhist temple to several authorities. But the authorities did not take any action against the Muslim settlers.


Sources:

Kapaeeng Foundation
(A Human Rights Organization for Indigenous Peoples of Bangladesh)
E-mail: kapaeeng.foundation@gmail.com, kapaeeng.watch@gmail.com

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