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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Dispute over land at Sajek

Source: Daily Star News
Submitted by:
Kapaeeng Foundation

Eight people of Ratkaba village under Sajek union at Baghaichhari upazila were injured when security personnel allegedly beat them up at Shaheed Ladumoni Chakma Bazar on Thursday following a dispute over land.

The people who were injured include Gayanamoy Karbari, Gayanandu Chakma, Bindu Chakma, Shanti Bimal Chakma, Anadi Ranjan Chakma and Lojo Mukhi Chakma.

Locals said the incident first took place when some indigenous people of Ratkaba scolded two indigenous women as they came to the local bazar to sell their goods despite a ban by villagers.

The villagers have been avoiding the market as part of a demand for returning them their lands allegedly grabbed by Bangalee settlers and stopping resettlement in Gongaram Mukh areas.

On information, the security personnel of Baghaihat zone picked up two youths -- Karnajoy Chakma and Kalabija Chakma -- from the bazar and beaten them up mercilessly at their office, leaving them injured.

At one stage, village women under the banner of Sachetan Nari Committee, led by its Convener Lojo Mukhi Chakma, protested the army action on the youths and rescued them.

Following the incident, the security personnel went to the bazar again and beaten up the indigenous people indiscriminately, leaving eight people injured, locals alleged.

A security personnel of Khagrachhari Brigade denied the allegations of beating the indigenous people, rather, he said, they tried to being the situation under control.

Earlier, the villagers, under the banner of Sajek Bhumi Rakkha Committee, submitted a memorandum to the Baghaichhari UNO on January 10 with an ultimatum of January 16 to return them their lands, police and locals said.

As the deadline expired without any fruitful result on January 16, they (villagers) started their agitation and stopped going to the market from January 18.

PCJSS condemns attack on Sanjeeb Drong: Press Release

Date: 23 January 2010

General Secretary of Bangladesh Indigenous Peoples Forum and eminent indigenous writer Mr. Sanjeeb Drong was attacked by a group of miscreants at Ranikhong area while he along with wife Ms. Mitali Chichim were returning Birishiri area from Ranokhong Boheratali Christian Mission under Susong Gurgapur upazula (sub-district) in Netrokona district by motor-cycle. The miscreants destroyed the motor-cycle and hit Mr. Drong with sticks indiscriminately. Mr. Drong sustained injuries on his hands.

PCJSS condemns this barbarian attack on Mr. Sanjeeb Drong and demands for immediate arrest of the perpetrators and examplary punishment for them.

Mangal Kumar Chakma

Information and Publicity Secretary

(Parbatya Chattagram Jana Samhati Samiti)
Kalyanpur, Rangamati-450000, Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh
Tel+Fax: +880-351-61248