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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Three indigenous Marma villagers killed trying to save woman from rape

Pictures of the killed persons can be viewed here (CAUTION: Visually highly disturbing images: : http://chtnewsupdate.blogspot.com/2011/07/three-photos-of-lama-killing.html

On 30 July 2011 at around 12 noon three indigenous Marma villagers were killed as they tried to save a young Marma woman from getting raped by some Bengali settlers at Siletuya Paea of Rupashi union under Lama upazila (sub-district) in Bandarban district.

The victims were identified as (1) Mr. Aung Sha U Marma (70 years) s/o late Mong Chabai Marma, (2) Ms. Hla Powang Prue Marma (40 years) w/o Mongchasa Marma and (3) her minor son Mong Nue Ching Marma (5 years).

It is learnt that five Bengali settlers sneaked into a farm house in the village at noon and grabbed 15 year-old girl of Ms. Hla Powang Prue Marma and Mr. Mongchasa Marma, working in the farm house, and tried to rape her.

As the girl cried out for help, Aung Sha U Marma and Hla Powang Prue Marma went to the spot. The minor boy followed them. The miscreants attacked and killed them when they were trying to save her. The miscreants also killed the minor boy. The girl who was molested was admitted at Bandarban district hospital.

It is learnt that the police arrested Mohammad Musa for his suspected involvement in the murder. The incident has created panic in the area.

It is reported that Bengali settlers have been trying to grab Jumma villagers’ land for long time. 

courtesy: Kapaeeng foundation

Following is the report from chtnews.com:

Three Jummas hacked to death in Lama

A BENGALI settler youth hacked three members of a Jumma family to death for resisting his attempt to rape a girl in Lama under Bandarban district.

The incident took place yesterday, 30 July, in the village of Shilertua Nakyong-jhiri under Rupshi Para union.

The villagers later seized Abu Musha, the culprit, and then handed him over to the police. He is a son of Shahajahan from Rupshi Para Muslim Para in Lama. Their family settled in the area under a government-sponsored migration programme in the 1980s.

The slain Jummas have been identified as Hlameching Marma, 36, the girl’s mother; Aungsa-u Marma, her grandfather; and Mongnu Ching Marma, her brother.

Sources said the victim family lives in the remote village, about 10 kilometers off Lama Sadar (headquarters).

When Abu Musha went there, the girl’s (name withheld) father was not at home. He took full advantage of his absence and cleverly took all the daos (one-edged sharp knife) under his control.

Then he grabbed and tried to rape the young girl of the house. He also tried to kidnap her at dao’s point.

When her mother Hlameching Marma and her grandfather Aungsa-u Marma tried to resist him, Musha chopped them to death.

He also struck the girl with a dao, injuring her seriously. However, she was able to run away to safety.

Later, Musha turned to her younger brother and hacked him to death too.

The villagers caught Musha while running back home after the attack.

According to locals, there is a dispute over land between the girl’s family and Musha’s father and uncle.

They say land disputes have taken a serous turn after the in-migration of the settlers in the 1980s.

The cold blooded killing might have links to such land disputes, they added.

UPDF’s Choton Kanti Tanchangya has condemned the killing as “atrocious” and urged the government to ensure justice.

UPDF will stage demonstrations in Bandarban and Khagrachari tomorrow in protest against the killing.


In protest to this incident Hill student's organization PCP(Pahari Chatra Parishad) brought out processions in Rangamati, Bandadban and Dhaka demanding punishment for the culprit. Besides this,  UPDF backed up organizations Hill Students Council and HWF  (Hill's Women Federation) also brought out procession with the same  purpose infront of Dhaka Press club. However, the Police foiled it and  said they are allowed  to arrange a human chain only.

 protest rally in Rangamati. Photo credit: Journalist Himel Chakma.
protest in Dhaka. Photo courtesy: Natun Chakma

 Following is the news from BDnews24:

Three of a family killed in Bandarban

Bandarban, July 30 (bdnews24.com) – A Bangalee settler has been arrested allegedly for killing three members of a local family in Bandarban.

Wangchhau Marma, 65, his daughter Ramuching Marma, 36, and her son, five-year-old Mong Nuching, were killed around 12:30pm on Saturday in Betjhiri area of Lama upazila, police and witnesses said. But none could confirm the motive of the killings.

Arrestee Mohammad Musa, 20, son of Shahjahan Karbari, hails from Muslimpara of the same area.

Officer-in-charge of Lama Police Station Mohammad Hossain told bdnews24.com that the bodies were brought to the station and that a case would be filed in this regard.

District police superintendent Mohammad Kamrul Hassan confirmed the deaths and told reporters that the reason for the murders could be known after the interrogation of Musa.

Former mayor of Lama municipality Tajul Islam told reporters that after borrowing a chopper from him, Musa attacked Wangchhau when he was working in the field. Later, he killed the two others.

Musa was caught by locals when he was fleeing as Umaching, daughter of Ramuching, screamed, Tajul said. Umaching was a witness to the killings.

The family lived in a makeshift house on a hill in the area and was engaged in farming, he added.

------- courtesy: bdnews24 ------------------------

Following is the news from banglanews24:

3 of a tribal family slaughtered

District Correspondent
BANDARBAN: Three members of an indigenous family were slaughtered by unknown assailants at Noapara of Ruposipara union in Lama upazila of the hill district on Saturday noon, in one of so many acts of savagery in recent times.

The deceased were identified as Aung Cha U Marma, his wife Lamu Chu Marma and their son Mong Nu Ching.

Lama thana OC Mohammad Hossain told banglanews that police arrested Abu Musa, son of Md Shahjahan, as a suspect in the triple murder.

Lama upazila chairman Ismail Hossain and the officials of local administration went to the backwoods hamlet to recover the bodies, sources said.

Ruposipara UP chairman Satring Fru Marma told banglanews, “A gang of miscreants swooped on the indigenous family with sharp weapons while they were working in the field at about 1:00pm. At one stage, the goons slaughtered them all.”

Law-enforcing agencies and army troops were sent there to avert any backlash as a tense situation had been prevailing in the area till the filing of the report at 8:30pm.

“We condemn the barbaric incident,” said United People’s Democratic Front leader Niron Chakma while talking to banglanews.

---------------------------courtesy: banglanews24-------------------------------------------

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