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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Attack on Chakma village: Punishment of policemen demanded

Source: New Age
Staff Correspondent
National minority students at a demonstration in the city on Monday demanded immediate trial and exemplary punishment of the police personnel who recently attacked Amtali, a Chakma village in Teknaf, leaving 11 injured and several women sexually harassed.
They condemned the attack on the Chakma village.
Bangladesh Adibhasi Chhatro Sangram Parishad organised the human chain in front of the National Press Club.
The protesters said that on May 30 a group of policemen from the Teknaf police station and some Bangalis led by sub-inspector Bakhtiar and locally influential man Abdul Haque raided Tanchangya villages, locally called Chakma villages in Howaikyong under Teknaf upazila in Cox’s Bazaar district.
In the attack, they said, nine houses were ransacked and 11 Chakma villagers were severely injured.
They said that 30-year old Malaimey Chakma, pregnant for eight months, was severely beaten by the policemen for trying to protect her husband from police assault.
They said that following the beating, Malaimey gave birth to a premature baby.
They said that the police also arrested seven Chakma villagers, four of them students.

Try Chakma village attackers'

Source: The Daily Star

Staff Correspondent
Speakers at a rally yesterday demanded immediate trial of attackers who attacked a Chakma village at Teknaf upazila in Cox's Bazar early hours on May 30, leaving 11 indigenous people injured and nine homes damaged.
They also demanded to ensure security of all affected indigenous families in the area as panic gripped the entire village following the attack.
Bangladesh Adivasi Chhatra Sangram Parishad (BACSP) organised the rally before the Jatiya Press Club in the capital. They also formed a human chain.
BACSP President Pari Chingtham presided over the programme while its general secretary Ananta Dhamai, Hill Women Federation President Chanchana Chakma, Dhaka University students Mohan Rabidas, Sabuj Baraik and Bipul Manab, among others, spoke.

Update about police attack on Chakma village in Teknaf : Police compel to sign villagers in white paper

Source: Kapaeeng Foundation

Today (on 3 June 2012) around 12.00 noon a group of police from Cox’s Bazaar district led by Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Uttam Kumar Pal and Chhatradhar Tripura visited the Amtali Chakma village. It is learnt that police interrogated the villagers and compelled them to sign in white paper.
It is also reported that though police primarily claimed that some police personnel of Howaikong police post went to the Amtali village following a case filed by Abdul Haque to arrest the culprits. But at present, police tried to divert the incident to other direction in order to suppress the indigenous Chakma villagers.
It is also learnt that police mentioned in the dispatch (challan) form that the injured policeman Sipon Mian was wounded by one Bengali villager named Anowar Hossain. But local newspapers, namely, daily Cox’s Bazaar, Apon Kontho, Rupashi Gram, Bankkhali etc. intentionally reported today (3 June) that the policeman Sipon Mian was wounded by Chakma villagers.