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Bangladesh army, the proctector of Muslim settlers
On 22 September 2012 Bangladesh army backed Muslim settlers attacked indigenous Buddhist people in Rangamati. When the indigenous people counter attacked in self defence Bangladesh army took side with the Muslim settlers. 76 indigenous people were injured and numerous indigenous properties were destroyed. Army personals in Kallayanpur area.

Bengali settlers attack indigenous people at Rangamati

On 23 September 2012, Bengali Muslim settlers renewed their attack against indigenous people near Rangamati general hospital while section 144 prohibiting large gatherings was still in force. One Dinesh Tanchangya was been by some Muslim youths at Rangamati general hospital road. He was admitted at Rangamati general hospital. It is also reported that the Muslims also pelted indigenous people with stones at Kalindipur at about 11.00 am.

At around 9.00 pm hundreds of Muslim settlers from Forest Colony near Rangamati Municipal office and new bus stand gathered at East Tribal Adam to attack indigenous houses. Indigenous people also organised themselves to resist attack of Muslim settlers. However, local administration including police and army rushed there. Army and police along with a magistrate of Rangamati district administration dispersed both mobs of Muslim settlers and indigenous people. At that time, a indigenous youth named Juwel Chakma (22), was arrested from Tribal Adam by the army. At mid-night the situation of East Tribal Adam became under control.

On the other, around 10.00 pm tension mounted high as both indigenouss and Muslim settlers were shouting from own area during patrolling their respective side/area. However, army and police rushed there and situation became calm. Bangladesh army arrested two indigenous youths namely Papel Chakma (22), a student and Chandra Hongsa Chakma (35), a shopkeeper from Rajmoni Para area. Besides, two Muslim settlers were also arrested by army from this area.

During the arrest, Bangladesh army asked parents of the arrested indigenous people to contact Kotwali police station at 9.00 am on 24 September. But when the parents went to police station, OC refused to release them. Rather, OC told them to take bail from court. Police presented them before district court showing them arrest under section 54. All arrested three indigenouss got release on bail from court on 24 September.

The Rangamati unit of Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA) declared abstention from work in protest at attack on physicians, including Rangamati health officer Dr. Sushovan Dewan. BMA informed that emergency units in hospitals would be out of the purview of the work abstention.

On 23 September two probe committees were formed to investigate incident. Additional Deputy Commissioner (revenue) of Rangamati district will lead a investigation formed by district administration committee. One of members of the committee was member of Rangamati Hill District Council Brishaketu Chakma. The committee has to submit its report in seven days. Another five-member enquiry committee led by Vice-Principal Mofiz Ahmed was formed by the Rangamati Government College authority. This committee will submit its report in 15 days.


Sources:

PCJSS (Parbatya Chattagram Jana Samhati Samiti)
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