Bengali settlers attack indigenous Chakma people with the intention to grab land in Barkal
On 30 May 2012, Muslim settlers attacked 3 members of an indigenous Chakma family including a woman with the intention to grab the land of that family in Barkal.
The victims were identified as Mr. Biro Kumar Chakma (60), Mr. Amar Kanti Chakma (28) s/o Biro Kumar Chakma and (3) Ms. Sangeet Mala Chakma (25) w/o Amar Kanti Chakma of village Amtala of Aimachara union under Barkal upazila in Rangamati district. Of them, seriously injured Biro Kumar Chakma was admitted to Barkal upazila Hospital and other two were released on that day after providing primary treatment.
It is learnt that on that day in the morning Biro Kumar Chakma, his son Amar Kanti Chakma and daughter-in-law Sangeet Mala Chakma together went to their own land near their home to erect a house. At that time, Mohamed Amir Hossein (45) and his two sons Mohamed Jasim (21) and Mohamed Ibrahim (18) of nearby Muslim settler area of Amtala suddenly attacked them with stick and wood and beat indiscriminately, leaving the Chakma villager seriously injured. Of them, Biro Kumar Chakma sustained serious injuries on his head, shoulder and backside.
According to the victims, Muslim settler Mohamed Amir Hossein and his family coming from nearby Kalabunia area of Barkal upazila had already forcefully occupied paddy land of Biro Kumar Chakma and constructed house in 2006 on this land. At that time, Biro Kumar Chakma filed a general diary against Amir Hossain with Barkal police station. Now, again he is trying to snatch away the rest hilly land, the last property of Biro Kumar Chakma.
It is learnt that Biro Kumar Chakma put an allegation on the attack with the Barkal police station. But, till preparing the report, no action was reportedly taken by the police against the attackers.
(A Human Rights Organization for Indigenous Peoples of Bangladesh)
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