February 11, 2011
BENGALI settlers are reportedly making attempts to occupy hundreds of
acres of cultivable land belonging to Jumma people in Naniachar under
Sources said hundreds of Bengali settlers from Islampur had been
planting paddy on “fringe” lands belonging to Jumma people in
Gobindabil since morning today.
Fringe lands are those categories of lands which reappear when the
Kaptai lake water recedes.
The settlers’ attempt comes two days after the military launched a
massive operation in Naniachar and Kudukchari areas.
The operation, during which at least two innocent villagers were
arrested, is believed to have been designed to instill a sense of fear
among the Jumma people.
The United Peoples Democratic Front (UPDF) has condemned the settlers’
attempt to grab Jumma people’s land and urged the authorities
concerned to take effective measures to safeguard the legal rights of
the Jumma villagers to the land in question.