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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.

Bangladesh forest guards shoot dead an indigenous Tanchangya farmer in Kaptai

On 19 October 2012 around 12.00 noon, Bangladesh forest guards led by Mohamed Jahangir shot dead an indigenous farmer while the victim went to collect firewood for domestic work from a broken tree at Reserve Forest Shalban area under Kaptai upazila in Rangamati district. The victim was identified as Priya Lal Tanchangya (35) son of Bishak Dhan Tanchangya from Bagmara village of Kaptai union and Bajyatali mouza, the nearest village of Shalban forest area. The dead body was found with sign of bullet mark into stomach and at chestís left side. His head was also wounded.

The Reserve Forest Shalban area was open to public access although it was controlled by local forest department. The local people have been cultivating the area since time immemorial. On 20 October 2012, Jibak Tanchangya brother-in-law of deceased filed a murder case against unidentified 10/12 forest guards with Kaptai police station. But police did not take action. It is learnt that forest department staff offered taka 200,000 to the wife of Priuya Lal Tanchangya to compromise the issue.

It is worth mentioning that forest guards committed several unlawful killings in this area in the past. But they did not receive any punishment for their crimes. On 7 April 2012 an indigenous boy named Ula Mong Marma (14) son of Thui Mra Chai Marma was killed by the forest guards while the victim was collecting firewood for domestic use. A case was filed with the Chandraghona police station in this connection. But police did not arrest anyone.


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