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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Army attacks Buddhist temple in Rangamati

A Buddhist temple attacked by army in Rangamati

On 26 October 2010 at night 4:00 a.m. a Buddhist temple named ‘Triratna Bono Sadhana Kuthir’ located at Chegeya Chhari (Amtola) of No. 1 Suvolong union under Barkol upazila (sub-district) of Rangamati Hill District came under attack of Bangladesh Army. There are also 12 small Kuthirs (cottage) as part of and including the main temple ‘Triratna Bono Sadhana Kuthir’. It is mentionable that the Kuthirs (cottage) are used as meditation place.
It is learnt that on that time a group of army numbering 20/25 of nearby Bhijey Kijing Army Camp and Banduk Chhari (Banojogi Chhara) Zone Head Quarter, 23 Bir Regiment led by Lt. Colonel Mijanur Rahaman broke into the temple area and destroyed 9 Kuthir and threw valuable things including images of Buddha away into river after destruction.
It is also learnt that after committing such a religious profanation, Lt. Colonel Mijanur Rahaman is again threatening that if this incident is made public outside, all will be picked up and beaten. 


Below is the report from chtnewsonline on the same incident:

Army attacks Buddhist temple in Rangamati

MEMBERS of the Bangladesh Military attacked a Buddhist temple and
destroyed ten Kuthirs or cottages built around the temple for
practicing meditation in a remote area in Rangamati district.

The incident took place in the small hours yesterday, Tuesday.

Sources said a group of army personnel from Banajogi Chara camp
attacked Triratna Bana Sadhana Kuthir at Amtoli in remote
Barkal-Jurachari border area under Subolong Union and destroyed the
cottages where Buddhist monks and novices live and meditate.

Some Buddhist novices live in the temple which was established on 27
July 2007. The name of the chief abbot is Ven. Sudakka Sramana.

Shanti Dev Chakma, chief organiser of UPDF Rangamati District Unit, in
a statement condemned the attack, terming it as “a flagrant violation
of the right of religious freedom”, and urged the government to take
appropriate actions against those responsible for the attack, and to
apologize and pay adequate compensation to the temple authority.


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