Saturday, September 24, 2011
On 23 September 2011 around 10.00 am a group of Bengali settlers went to Pagla Para of Nabhanga mouza under Patachara union of Ramgarh upazila in Khagrachari district to occupy the lands belong to indigenous Marma community.
However, Indigenous villagers opposed them and at a stage the Bengali settlers returned back from Pagla Para.
Again, on 24 September 2011 around 9.00 am, Bengali settlers gathered at Pagla Para and tried to occupy the lands. On the other hand, Marma villagers also gathered there to prevent Bengali settlers from land grabbing. A group of Anser from Patachara camp rushed there and ordered to Bengali settlers and Marma villagers to leave the area.
At the same time, Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) of Ramgarh upazila Mr. Gopal Chandra Das, Officer-in-Charge of Ramgarh police station Mr. Ohidul Rahman, Headman of Nabhangra mouza Mr. Saching Prue Chowdhury, Chairman of Patachara union Md. Alamgir rushed to the spot.
UNO ordered both Bengali settlers and Marma villagers to be present at a meeting to be held tomorrow (on 25 September) with their land title deed.
It is mentionable that Bengali settlers were illegally provided land title deed while government settled them in CHT in ’80s. Government provided title deed without recommendation of the Headman of the concerned mouza.
At present, local administration imposed red alert at Jalia Para, Patachara and Guimara areas for any unwanted situation. Indigenous Marma villagers remain under insecurity fearing communal attack by Bengali settlers on them.
On 17th April 2011, hundreds of indigenous Jumma people were attacked and 95 houses belonging to Jumma people were burned to ashes in Ramgarh when a group of Bengali settlers occupied and tried to plant crops on areas within the Jumma’s ancestral lands.
More details on that communal attack could be found here: http://chtnewsupdate.blogspot.com/2011/09/update-from-ghrd-on-arson-attack.html
Posted by CHT NEWS UPDATE at 11:14 PM