According to PCJSS source, still 20 Indigenous people are missing who were taken off by the Bengali settlers from passenger buses plying from Chittagong to Khagrachari at Jalia Para around 6.30 pm yesterday.
Update from PCJSS:
Communal attack by Settlers upon Jumma People at Guimara of Ramgarh in Khagrachari Hill District
written at 17 April 2011 7.00 pm
Further it is learnt that around 5.00 pm 2 death bodies of Jumma persons including one woman found on the Chittagong-Khagrachari Road at Jalia Para. Two passenger buses plying from Chittagong to Khagrachari have been stopped by the settlers and all goods of the Jumma passengers have been looted at Jalia Para around 6.30 pm. All the Bengali passengers were let to go out of the buses except the Jumma ones numbering about 20 persons. It is suspected that those Jumma Persons may likely be killed after sometime.
Around 6.15 pm Bengali settlers brought out a procession at Manikchari Bazar at Manikchari sadar Upazilla shouting slogans against the Jumma people along with dead body of Bengali settler.
Until 6.30 pm almost all the houses of the Jumma people situating on the both sides of the Chittagong-Khagrachari roads from Manikchari sadar to Jalia Para covering about 7-8 kms and Jalia Para to Gacchabil another 10 kms have been looted and many houses burnt down.
It is apprehended that it has been a planned attack patronized by the fundamentalist elements of army authorities in particular. That is why it has been too difficult for the police authority to tackle the settlers.
On the other, army intelligence too reported passing twisted reports around the areas. Army troops got deployed in the area since the morning but they are providing protection to the settlers so that communal attack could be carried out easily.
In these circumstances, it is felt that unless the highest authority of the GoB takes urgent measure it must result in unexpected and unbelievable damage in the area and it must spread out in other areas as well.
(Parbatya Chattagram Jana Samhati Samiti)
Rangamati Hill District, Chittagong Hill Tracts
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