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Friday, June 22, 2012

Massive land grabbing by outsiders in Bandarban evicting indigenous villagers and permanent Bengali residents

Massive land grabbing by outsiders in Bandarban evicting indigenous villagers and permanent Bengali residents
Hundreds acres of lands have been occupied by outsiders in several upazilas under Bandarban district. The land grabbers occupied these lands by threatening to local Jumma and Bengali residents. The land occupiers uprooted hundreds of families of indigenous villagers and permanent Bengali residents.
Public representatives raised this allegation at law and order meeting held on 10 June 2012 at conference hall of deputy commissioner’s office in Bandarban district. Presided over by deputy commissioner of Bandarban district Tarikul Islam, the meeting was attended by chairman of CHT Development Board Bir Bahadur Ushwe Sing MP as chief guest. Among others, Superintendent of Police of Bandarban district Kamrul Ahsan, additional district magistrate Ishrat Jaman, member of Bandarban Hill District Council Kazi Majibur Rahman, chairmen and upazila nirbahi officers (UNOs) of different upazilas in Bandarban district and representatives of army and Boarder Guard Bangladesh (BGB) were present in this meeting.
Some public representatives attended in the meeting expressed their grievances alleging that a retired army major named Mostofa Zaman occupied hundreds acres of land at Faitong mouza under Lama upazila in Bandarban district. The major created panic among local people by lodging one after another cases against them.
Member of Bandarban Hill District Council Kazi Majibur Rahman said that ‘We do not want to see any outsider occupied our land. The land grabbers freely occupied hundreds acres of lands owned by individuals and government. The mass protests will be sparked at any time if such land grabbing is not prevented.
Chairman of Lama upazila Mohammad Ismail alleged that retired army major Mostafa Zaman collected permanent residents certificate by forgery though he is not a permanent resident in the hill district of CHT. He occupied hundreds acres of lands at Faitong union under Lama upazila. He threatened to file case against and made physical assault on local people while they tried to oppose forcible occupation of their land. He already filed false case to harass local people, chairman said. Mohammad Ismail also informed that local people put written objection before the chairman of CHT Development Board urging to take necessary action against this army major.
Headman of Faitong mouza Umra Mong Marma also alleged that army major Mostafa Zaman is not permanent resident of his mouza. He collected permanent resident certificate by forgery (Ptothom Alo, 11 June 2012).
It is also learnt that more than 11 business companies including Destiny Group occupied thousands acres of lands recorded and owned by permanent residents of CHT including indigenous Jumma people. The business companies include Mostafa Group, Laden Group, Shahamin Group, A Alam Group, PHP Group, Meridian Group, Exim Group, Babul Group, Egme Group etc. These business companies continue to occupy lands in order to extend its business and area (Samakal, 7 June 2012).
It is also learnt that Laden group is conducting militant activities at deep forest by purchasing land illegally and planting on this land at Banapur area under Sanghu mouza of Faisiyakhali union in Lama upazila of Bandarban district. Laden group purchased around 7 thousand acres of land at Eyangcha mouza, Sanghu mouza, Banapur, Trishdeba, Gayalmara, Choumur Khal, Faitong, Faisiyakhali and Alikhyong Murung Jiri area under Lama upazila and Baishari mouza and Gumdhum mouza under Naikhyongchari upazila for this purpose (Natun Katha, 27 May 2012). Laden group is continuing its activities in the name of Muhammadiya Jamia Sharif. Headman of Faisiyakhali mouza Mong Thui Prue Marma alleged that Jamia Sharif occupied more lands of Mro, Tripura and Marma communities including his 25 acres of land (Prothom Alo, 8 June 2012).
It is alleged that Laden group is also converting indigenous children into Islam from Buddhism and Christianity by alluring facilities and financial help. They first take indigenous children in Dhaka and then convert into Islam (Natun Katha, 27 May 2012).
Please visit following link for national daily reports in Bangla:
Following is the report of daily Natun Katha published on 27 May 2012 about Laden group converting indigenous children into Islam:

Kapaeeng Foundation
(A Human Rights Organization for Indigenous Peoples of Bangladesh)

Bengali settler attempted to rape an indigenous girl in Rangamati

Bengali settler attempted to rape an indigenous girl in Rangamati

On 12 June, 2012, non-indigenous Bengali settler attempted to rape a 22-year old indigenous Jumma girl at district council’s mini-zoo of Hatchery area in Rangamati municipality.
It is learnt that, on that day in the morning, the victim was going to Banarupa to attend a computer class from her house, which is located at Vedvedi Juba Unnayan area . At around 8.30 am, when she reached at district council’s mini-zoo of Hatchery area alone, a Bengali settler named Nuruzzaman Munna (22) s/o Md. Shahjahan of Radio station area of Rangamati municipality caught her from back and started to molest her. Nuruzzaman Munna tried to drag her into the jungle. At that time, local Jumma villagers namely Bacchu Chakma and Nabin Sen Chakma rushed there while the victim was shouting. The villagers caught the culprit red handed and handed over to Kotwali police station.
The victim filed a case with Kotwali police station under Women and Children Oppression Prevention Act 2000 (amended in 2003).

source: Kapaeeng Foundation.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

June 12, 2012: 16th anniversary of Kalpana Chakma abduction

 June 12, 2012: 16th anniversary of Kalpana Chakma abduction

16 years ago, on this day in 1996, Kalpana Chakma, an activist of the Hill Women’s Federation (HWF) was abducted by the Bangladesh military from her house. Following is the article that we wrote last year, "in memory of Kalpana Chakma":

In memory of Kalpana Chakma

“I think it is natural to expect the caged bird to be angry at those who imprisoned her. But if she understands that she has been imprisoned and that the cage is not her rightful place, then she has every right to claim the freedom of the skies!"

-once uttered thoughtfully by a 22 year old activist of the Hill Women’s Federation (HWF), Kalpana Chakma who was abducted by Bangladesh army on this day 15 years ago.

Despite over decade-long abductions, rapings, and killings of Jumma women by military in Chittagong Hill Tracts, this was the first incident that attracted the attention of both national and international media.   

 12th June 1996 at around 1 am, long before the sun shone and the national election-morning reached, about 11 Army persons surrounded the house of Kalpana Chakma. Among all of them, brothers of Kalpana Chakma identified only three: Lieutenant Ferdous from the nearby Kojoichari army camp and two Village Defence Party (VDP) personnel - Nurul Haq, s/o Munsi Miah and Saleh Ahmed.   

 They abducted Kalpana Chakma and her two brothers, Khudiram Chakma and Kalicharan Chakma. They took Khudiram Chakma beside a lake and ordered him to step into the lake. Khudiram described what happened next:

“I was asked to dip into the water near the well. As soon as I did so, someone shouted ‘shoot him. Sensing imminent death I somehow untied my hands, then removed blindfold around my eyes, and started running in the waist deep water. I could hear one gunshot behind me but I kept running.”

Hearing gunshot Kalpana's other brother Kalicharan, jumped into the water and managed to escape. He described:

"On hearing the gunshot and the shouting few yards away I untied my hands, removed the fold around my eyes and jumped into the water, they shot at me once and as I ran I could hear Kalpana cry out Dada, Dada, mahre baja (brother, brother, rescue me)."

When the incident became public knowledge right after its occurrence, it prompted widespread protest around CHT.  At one such protest demonstration, on 27th June in Lallyaghona, four were killed by the attack of military and Bengali settlers. Among them, Rupon Chakma, a student of 10th grade, was shot dead by the security forces at the demonstration; Sukesh Chakma, Monotosh Chakma and Samar Chakma were hacked to death by the Bengali settlers while they were on their way to join the protest. 

Due to continuous pressure from national and international media and human rights organizations, on 7th September 1996, the then Awami League Government was forced to initiate a three-members-inquiry-committee, comprised of former Justice Abdul Jalil (chairperson), Shakhawat Hossain, deputy commissioner of Chittagong, and Professor Anupam Sen of Chittagong University. However, the government never disclosed the inquiry report though apparently people had always been well aware of who the abductors were. 


In the meantime, the Bangladesh Army staged quite a lot of dramas regarding the abduction of Kalpana Chakma to hide the truth. On July 18th 1996, the Bangladesh Army used leaflets to advertise that any person, who could give a clue about Kalpana Chakma, would be rewarded taka 50,000. It was very ironic how the ones who committed the crime were asking people to find the criminals! Few days later, Bangladesh army tried something different. They tried to convince people by saying that Kalpana Chakma had an affair with an army personnel and they fled together. However, later they realized that this statement associated army with the incident. Thus, afterward on 23rd July 1996, to shadow the truth, they made another press statement claiming that Kalpana Chakma had fled abroad, whereas she never had a passport that would allow her to go outside of Bangladesh. It was as if everyone was trying to lie as much as they could to conceal the truth. The Army only ridiculed themselves with all the foolish fables, enforced in each of their statements. 

Advocate KM Huq Kaiser, who was the director of Bangladesh Human Rights Commission (BHRC) at that time, also joined the army in that particular competition "who can lie more?" He claimed that Kalpana Chakma was seen in Tripura of India. However, when the journalists asked him, he failed to support his claim with any evidence.

Not only the military and the government officials, some state run newspaper and media also published fabricated news about sighting Kalpana Chakma in different places of the country.

Kalpana had to pay the price for standing up against the wrong thing, injustice, for speaking against the military repression and harassment on the Jumma people. On the contrary, Bangladesh army rewarded Lieutenant Ferdous, mastermind of Kalpana’s abduction. According to a report of 2007, he was promoted to the rank of Major and was posted back to Karengatoli army camp, a nearby village from Kalpana's home.

The opening quote, “I think it is natural to expect the caged bird to be … right to claim the freedom of the skies!" is taken from the book "Kalpana Chakma's Diary". Her personal writing, along with her poems, journal and letters, was published as a book named "Kalpana Chakma's Diary" by Hill Women’s Federation (HWF). However, the Bangladesh Government later banned it.

The situation that circumscribed Kalpana’s home at Lallyaghona village of Rangamati, at the time of Kalpana’s abduction, has not changed at all today. Still many Kalpanas are being killed and raped by the army and Bengali settlers.

Kalpana’s voice screaming desperately for help, “Dada dada mahre baja” (brother, brother, save me), still echoes in her brother’s head, haunting him endlessly. Unfortunately, we have hundreds of brothers like Kalicharan in CHT, who saw their sisters and mothers being raped or killed in front of their eyes by the military or Bengali settler people and still could not do anything to save them.

Kalpana’s brothers not only possess regrets of not being able to save their sister but also bear the burdens of tremendous harassment from the military and living a life under continuous surveillance since then.  

After the Peace Accord was signed on 2nd December 1997, The Jumma people hoped that all the past injustices done to them, including Kalpana’s abduction would be justified. However, their expectations were never met. After 14 years of signing the Peace Accord, most of the major clauses still remain unimplemented. Jumma people are still losing their lands to the Bengali settlers; people still getting murdered; and women getting raped -. The perpetrators are never brought to justice. On the other hand, current Prime Minister, Sheikh Haisna received the UNESCO Peace prize for signing the Accord. 

Jumma people believed that Awami League Government held a pro-CHT attitude. The belief became stronger after Awami League signed the Peace Accord in 1997 while the opposite political party, BNP, strongly opposed it and even carried out nationwide long march against it claiming that the Treaty threatens the sovereignty of the state.  It turns out that actually both the political parties have the same approach towards CHT. Awami League differed in the way they knew how to manipulate people by showing fake concern for people of CHT. 

Notingly, on the commemoration of Kalpana Chakma abduction day in 2008 (before the 2008 election, Bangladesh was under caretaker Government at that time) Dr. Dipu Moni, Minister of Foreign Affairs in Bangladesh, who was then women affairs secretary of Bangladesh Awami League, attended a human chain demonstration at Dhaka University that was organized by Hill Women’s Federation (HWF) demanding the publication of inquiry reports of Kalpana Chakma and bringing to justice of those responsible for the abduction.  Showing solidarity, Dipu Moni said in the seminar: "human rights violations, like abduction of Kalpana Chakma are going on unabated in CHT. These incidents should be brought under trial. "

One can see now how Dipu Moni stands as an evidence and example for all those politicians, back at that time, who have tried to win votes before the election by giving fake hopes to and showing fake interest in Jumma people.  Now that her government possesses the power, her government claimed at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues  (UNPFII) that, “Bangladesh doesn't have any indigenous people.” The denial of existence of indigenous people of Bangladesh was however opposed by many international organizations. 

Despite all the disappointments and bafflements, still we dream for such Bangladesh where indigenous Jumma and other indigenous people living in the plains of the country be constitutionally recognized, where no other Kalpana Chakma would be victim of abduction or rape and murder, where Bengali settlers - would return the lands they grabbed from the Jumma people, where the military would not force the Jumma people to live in nightmares, where crimes like Kalpana Chakma’s abduction would be justified and where people can live peacefully.  

Kalpana Chakma and her martyrdom have acted as an inspiration, not only for CHT women but also for all other women whose voices are suppressed.  She was a first year student pursuing BA in Baghaichari Kassalong College.  Hailing from a remote village of Rangamati, belonging to one of the poorest family of CHT, facing all the obstacles, Kalpana persevered to achieve education. She will live as one of the most inspirational role models for Jumma women and for all those who are fighting for their rights.

We must keep Kalpana’s memory alive, and demand that justice be done.

- chtnewsupdate team.

Sources and further reading:

AI Urgent Actions July 1996 – Amnesty International http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/DOC34/008/1996/en

AI Urgent Actions September 1996 – Amnesty International http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/DOC34/010/1996/en

Bangladesh: Further information on: fear for safety / unacknowledged detention: Kalpana Chakma (f)- Amnesty International 

All rights for all: Stop discrimination - Amnesty International http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/ACT31/006/1998/en

Bangladesh: Human rights in the Chittagong Hill Tracts - Amnesty International http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/ASA13/001/2000/en

Chittagong Hill Tracts: 12th Anniversary of Abduction of Kalpana Chakma - Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization http://www.unpo.org/article/8283

Kalpana Chakma’s unresolved abduction, 13 years on- by Kabita Chakma http://www.chtarchive.com/cht-news/3-announcements/42-kalpana-chakmas-unresolved-abduction-13-years-on-

Kalpana’s Family: Living Under State Surveillance by Saydia Gulrukh http://www.shahidulnews.com/2010/06/living-under-state-surveillance/

"Life is not ours" - update 3, February 1997 By CHTC

Report of the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, Ms. Radhika Coomaraswamy- United Nations COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS http://www.unhchr.ch/Huridocda/Huridoca.nsf/TestFrame/2c012ff204d56cd2802566b3003fbd74?Opendocument

 The Disappearance of Kalpana Chakma by Kajalie Shehreen Islam  http://www.thedailystar.net/magazine/2008/06/03/hr.htm

We will not let them forget you - by Hana Shams Ahmed http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=92157


Chairman of CHLDRC starts unilateral and illegal hearing of land disputes in Khagrachari amid strong protest

Chairman of CHLDRC starts unilateral and illegal hearing of land disputes in Khagrachari amid strong protest

On 10 June 2012, chairman of CHT Land Dispute Resolution Commission (CHTLDRC), retired justice Khademul Islam Chowdhury started unilateral and illegal hearing of cases of land disputes in Khagrachari amid road blockade programme enforced by Democratic Youth Forum (DYF) and strong protest of CHT people of all walks of life.

It is learnt that despite absence of crucial members of CHTLDRC, such as, chairman of CHT Regional Council, concerned circle chief, concerned chairman of the Hill District Councils and also continuous quorum crisis; still chairman of CHTLDRC Khademul Islam and another member of CHTLDRC additional divisional commissioner Nurul Islam attended the court-room.

During the hour-long hearing from noon, they unilaterally and illegally checked 48 cases of land disputes. Of them, they decided to send 17 cases to the secretary of land ministry for his opinion, as these cases were not fallen under the jurisdiction of the Commission. The date for hearing for the rest of 31 cases was fixed on next 10 July. Sources said that more 32 cases of land disputes will be held today (11 June).

It is mentionable that the CHT Accord Implementation Committee in its 3rd meeting held in Khagrachari on 26 December 2010, and its 5th meeting held on 28 May 2012 postponed all activities of land commission including hearing of land dispute cases until and unless amendment of provisions of the CHT Land Dispute Resolution Commission Act 2001 contradictory to the CHT Accord is made.

The CHT people protested against the move of chairman of CHT Land Dispute Resolution Commission to start unilateral and illegal hearing of land dispute cases, violating the decision of the CHT Accord Implementation Committee and before amendment of the CHT Land Dispute Resolution Commission Act 2001.

The CHT people expressed its concern saying that the starting of hearing of land dispute cases before amendment of contradictory provisions of CHTLDRC Act would create more problem to the land disputes in CHT and also hinder toward amendment of CHT Land Dispute Resolution Commission Act 2001.

Earlier three moves to start hearing of cases of land disputes were failed due to quorum crisis. Except of divisional commissioner of Chittagong who is a member of the CHTLDRC, no member was present earlier in the last three sittings, as the contradictory provisions of the CHTLDRC Act were not amended.

On 10 June, demanding cancellation of ‘unilateral’ hearing on land disputes by the chairman of the CHTLDRC and recognition traditional land rights of the Jumma people, DYF enforced the road blockade programme in Khagrachari district.

 Law enforcers intercepted the DYF members when they were marching toward the land commission's office at around 8:00am to lay a siege to the office. Road communications between Khagrachari and rest of the country was snapped during the road blockade programme, leaving 12 people, including four cops injured.

Armed Police Battalion and RAB members have also been deployed at different parts of the town to maintain law and order.

Leaders of Nirbachita Jumma Janapratinidi Sangsad (a platform for the elected representatives of Jumma people) also demanded cancellation of the hearing process of CHT Land Dispute Resolution Commission and withdrawal of the commission's Chairman Justice (retd) Khademul Islam Chowdhury. They also demanded recognition of the traditional land law of the hill people and amendments to CHT Land Dispute Resolution Commission Act 2001.

For media news, please visit following links:

source: Kapaeeng Foundation

Sunday, June 10, 2012

'Stop activities of CHT land dispute body, withdraw Justice Khadem'- demanded indigenous Jumma leaders

Following is the news from Bangladeshi English daily "the daily star":


'Stop activities of CHT land dispute body, withdraw Justice Khadem'

Hill people bring out a procession in Khagrachhari town yesterday demanding cancellation of the hearing process of CHT Land Dispute Resolution Commission and withdrawal of the commission's Chairman Justice (retd) Khademul Islam Chowdhury.Photo: STAR
Leaders of Nirbachito Jumma Janapratinidi Sangsad (a platform for the elected representatives of Jumma people) have demanded cancellation of the hearing process of CHT Land Dispute Resolution Commission and withdrawal of the commission's Chairman Justice (retd) Khademul Islam Chowdhury.

They made the demands at a rally held on the premises of Sadar upazila parishad office in Khagrachhari town yesterday.

Chaired by Sarbauttam Chakma, President of Nirbachito Jumma Janapratinidi Sangsad and also the chairman of Panchhari Upazila Parishad, the rally was addressed, among others, by United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) leader Sajib Chakma, President of Khagrachhari Karbari Association Ranik Tripura, Secretary of CHT Jumma Refugee Welfare Association Santoshita Chakma Bakul and Nirbachito Jumma Janapratinidi Sangsad member Milan Dewan Monang .

The speakers demanded recognition of the traditional land law of the hill people and amendments to CHT Land Dispute Resolution Commission Act 2001.

Terming the commission's hearing one-sided, they said a conspiracy is on to give legal recognition of those lands which were illegally occupied by the settlers from the hill people.

They requested the government to stop what they said controversial activities of the commission until the amendments to the land commission act are made.

Hundreds of hill people, carrying banners and placards, joined the rally. They also took out a procession in Khagrachhari town and paraded the main streets.

Democratic Youth Forum, a front organisation of United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) will besiege the office of Chittagong Hill Tracts Land Dispute Resolution Commission in Khagrachhari town at 10:00am today to press the same demands.

The forum announced the programme through a press release singed by its central office secretary Nikolas Chakma yesterday noon.

An indigenous Tripura girl raped by two Bengali settlers in Fatikchari

Bengali settlers raped an indigenous Jumma girl in Fatikchari
On 5 June 2012 a 12-year old indigenous Tripura girl was raped by two Bengali settlers at Baladhuram Para of Taindong union under Fatikchari upazila (sub-district) in Chittagong district.
It is learnt that, on that day, the parents of the victim went to Koiyachara tea estate to collect ration while the victim was alone at home, which is located at Baladhuram Para of Taindong union under Fatikchari upazila. Finding alone her at around 6.00 pm, truck driver Md. Ramzan (35) and helper Md. Hasan raped the victim. Hearing crying of the victim, villagers rushed there and rescued the victim.
No case was filed so far. Rapists threatened to the parents of the victim to compromise the matter and not to lodge any case. Jaliram Tripura is poor tea labourer.

On the same day, Bengali settlers attempted to rape another 16 year old Jumma girl in Rangamati. Following is the news from Kapaeeng foundation:

 Bengali settlers in Rangamati attempted to rape an indigenous Chakma girl
On 5 June 2012, a 16-year old Chakma girl was attempted to rape by four Bengali settler youths at the area of Munsi Abdur Rob Monument (on Rangamati-Chittagong road) of Manikchari under Rangamati sadar upazila in Rangamati district.
It is learnt that, on that day around 11.00 am, the victim went to Rangamati Women College to submit admission form for 1st year of higher secondary course. After submission of her admission form at college, she contacted her father Mr. Jyoti Chakma over cell phone. As her father asked her to come at Banarupa, she came at main road in front of the office of the Superintendent of Police of Rangamati district to take auto-rickshaw.
At that time an auto-rickshaw carrying four Bengali youths reached there and she got into this auto-rickshaw. Soon after getting the auto-rickshaw, she was compelled by Bengali youths to sit at the middle seat of the auto-rickshaw. Then the Bengali youths held her mouth and hair tight so that she cannot shout and move, then the auto-rickshaw was taken directly to the area of Munsi Abdur Rob Monument on Rangamati-Chittagong road). Then the Bengali youths forcefully took her at the jungle near Ejor restaurant of Munsi Abdur Rob Monument and attempted to rape her there. However, the culprits fled sensing presence of some Jumma youths who went there to see Munsi Abdur Rob Monument.
Kapaeeng Foundation
(A Human Rights Organization for Indigenous Peoples of Bangladesh)

Army conducts house searches in Ramgarh

THE ARMY conducted searches in five houses in the village of Toichakma under Ramgarh Upazila in Khagrachari district, according to sources from chtnews.com.

The searches were carried out by a group of army soldiers from Sindukchari zone in the wee hours of 27 May.

The army personnel first surrounded the houses and then woke the villagers up.

They then searched the houses of Nandibala Tripura, wife of late Laxmi Kumar Tripura; Forai Tripura, son of unknown, Laiti Tripura, wife of late Nir Chandra Tripura; Prohor Laxmi Tripura, wife of late Dant Kumar Tripura and Pancha Joy Tripura, son of Naba Kumar Tripura, but found nothing incriminating.

The soldiers turned everything upside down in the houses, and misbehaved with Nandibala Tripura, one of the victims said.

The army personnel also interrogated the villagers as to whether any ‘armed terrorists’ had come to their village and whether they knew where the ‘terrorists’ live.

Local UPDF leaders say they believe the searches aimed at terrorizing and intimidating the Jumma people in the area.

“The army wants to make people to live in constant fear so that they don’t dare stand up against injustices.’ he added.


8 Jummas tortured in Ghilachari

EIGHT Jummas were tortured by military in Ghilachari Union under Naniachar Upazila of Rangamati district, sources  from chtnews.com said.

According to sources from chtnews.com, on 28 May, Monday, at about 4:15 pm, a group of 8 – 9 soldiers led by Warrant Officer Md. Khair (24 Bir) from Ghilachari army camp in a pick-up van drove to a village shop at Chouddo Mile and asked the people there whether they had seen someone proceeding towards Mahalchari riding on a motorbike.

When they said they did not, the soldiers beat them up and then videoed and photographed them.

The victims have been identified as Deva Chakma, 25, son of Prashant Chakma, Bimal Chakma, 26, sonf of Basant chakma, Ronu Chakma, 38, son of Nishi Kumar Chakma, Asha Purna Chakma, 28, son of Shanti Ranjan Chakma, Shankar Chakma, 32, son of Shia Ranjan Chakma, Gopal Chakma, 35, son of Shia Ranjan Chakma – all of them from the village of Suridas Para, and Chizimoni Chakma, 32, son of Profulla Chakma and Purnomoy Chakma, 28 son of Hommeya Chakma of Noapara village.

source: chtnews.com

Tuesday, June 5, 2012


Following is an article from "the Pan-Tribal Confederacy of Indigenous Tribal Nations":



People in the Commonwealth only think of Bangladesh as being ‘that country next to India with a sometimes good cricket team‘, and Cricket fans may recall the happy dancing Indigenous Christian & Buddhist Jumma women the Bangladesh government paraded for the cameras during the Cricket World Cup – in order to fool the world that Bangladesh is a happy country with no indigenous problems worth mentioning….in fact – if you listen to the idiot who is the First Secretary of the Bangladesh Government’s Mission in New York, he actually said “There are no indigenous People in Bangladesh“.

Pan-Tribal Confederacy of Indigenous Tribal Nations proves how the smiling indigenous poster was displayed as "before"

YET, you can see from an OFFICIAL Bangladesh government poster I have attached which reads “Indigenous women in Bangladesh” (which was re-edited after this ignorance was uttered by the First Secretary to delete the wordIndigenous from the posters – also attached here for photographic proof) that the Neo-Colonial government of Bangladesh is not to be trusted on this issue…let’s not play those silly diplomatic games and politely refrain from calling a spade a spade, when it comes to their violations of Indigenous peoples within their over-extended borders – the Government of Bangladesh is led by a very low calibre of persons that we in the Caribbean prefer to describe as ‘Bold-faced Liars‘.

And just for the record – I enthusiastically invite the Government of Bangladesh to sue me – I would welcome the chance to keep highlighting their gross human rights violations in the worlds media and will be very grateful for their help in doing so by taking me to Court. Any publicity is good publicity they say!

Ladies and gentlemen, what I am about to tell you AND show you may very likely make you sick to your stomach – especially with the photographic evidence attached.
I cannot tell you the real name of the hero who smuggled this information out of the Chittagong Hills and supplied it to me, for he would be assassinated by the Bangladesh military like so many other indigenous heros who tried to get the TRUTH out to the wider world before him.

We shall just call him ‘Runu Jumma‘ – in honor of the late great war hero of the Jumma Tribes of the Chittagong Hills, who successfully fought the British…who were themselves the first outsiders in recent history to invade and attempt to conquer this beautiful and remote area.

The British eventually had to sue for peace – as they could not win the Guerrilla war of liberation waged by these valiant tribesmen in their mountain stronghold. In the face of the tyranny they endure to this day – why did they stop the armed struggle you may ask?
Well, they gave peace a chance because in 1997 the Danish Government brokered in good faith – a Peace Accord between the Bangladesh Government and the Indigenous Jumma Freedom Fighters, the Jumma handed over all of their weapons (their biggest mistake) and upheld their end of the agreement, but the Bangladesh Government is YET to uphold their end of the agreement some 15 year later – and to the contrary have continued their murderous rampage leaving the Government of Denmark to shoulder the guilt of disarming a violently oppressed people who are now completely defenseless – like lambs to the slaughter….did I not describe the Bangladesh Government as being led by bold faced liars? I rest my case!
It should be clear to everyone by now that the only option the Jumma have left is to re-arm and continue to fight the just war of self defense that they had been fighting before 1997.

20th February 2010, Bengali settlers backed by military attacking indigenous Jummas

It is very easy for someone far out of harms way to mouth empty wishful-thinking words such as ‘violence solves nothing‘, for these types do not have to endure the daily horrors that the Jumma of Bangladesh do; even the preamble of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights says that the use of violence in defense against tyranny IS JUSTIFIED UNDER INTERNATIONAL LAW.
The Chittagong Hills is an area under the illegal military occupation by the government of Bangladesh…a thoroughly criminal political entity that encouraged AND still protects the 400,000 non-indigenous Muslim Bengali settlers (from 1979 to 1985 alone) who invaded and annexed Christian & Buddhist indigenous Jumma tribal lands; because the Bangladeshi government promised them military protection and food if they took the land that belonged to someone else! You can even see the Bangladesh Military in one of the photos in the backround as illegal Bengali settlers rampage in the foreground!
To further help the Bengali illegal settlers to STAY on the indigenous Jumma lands that they have stolen – the government of Bangladesh started giving their settler proxies a monthly ration of 85 kg of food per family in 1979 – an ‘ethnic cleansing insurance policy’ if you will – which continues to the present day. These are all violations of Article 8 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

An Example of extreme hypocrisy in a billboard of Hazarat Shahjalal International Airport, Dhaka smiling while "indigenous" word was clumsily removed after Gov't Officials said there's no indigenous people in Bangladesh

Today, there are an estimated 500,000 illegal Bengali in the Chittagong Hills area of Bangladesh, in 1947 before the Bengali illegal occupation the non-Indigenous population in the Chittagong Hills was only 2%, with 98% being Indigenous Jumma tribes. Today 50% of residents in the Chittagong Hills are non-indigenous. This is a clear example of state sanctioned ethnic cleansing, and my indigenous brothers and sisters need to be alert to the ulterior motives of the Neo-Colonial states of the world who are fond of changing the indigenous demographics in order to force assimilation policies onto indigenous peoples in violation of their Internationally recognized human rights. When Indigenous Peoples begin to see non-indigenous people flooding into their territories, they should start making preparations for the inevitable war that will follow! History repeats itself in this regard.
The vast majority of indigenous Jumma children in the Chittagong Hills cannot attend school due to the precarious lives they have been forced to lead since the Bengali invasion began (see report here), schools are on average over 6 miles away from indigenous villages and often these frightened children have to pass military checkpoints and settler homesteads – and the raping of Jumma schoolgirls by both Bangladesh Soldiers and Bengali settlers is rampant.
And for those who start schooling, fewer than 8 percent complete primary education while 2 percent complete secondary education, according to a 2009 study by the Dhaka-based research group, Human Development Research Centre.
For those who make it to the classrooms – they face racist treatment by Bengali teachers who enforce a Bengali language curriculum on indigenous children who speak their OWN languages and do not understand the difficult Bengali alphabet. This too is a violation of the rights of Indigenous Peoples to be educated in their OWN languages and in their OWN communities – according to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Article 14, and numerous other International Laws and Conventions.

Just when you think that things could not get any worse – the Government of Bangladesh has recently passed a new law that forbids ANY financial assistance being given to the Jumma Indigenous Peoples, here is a direct quote: “No financial endowments can be given to any student or their guardians or any other individual”. Do you know why these demented criminals that run the Bangladesh government passed this law? It was not for the ouright lies and convenient excuses they listed about ‘national security‘ (sound familiar?) etc, the REAL reason was because more indigenous children were getting an education (albeit briefly – before the draconian law was enforced) with the humanitarian aid they were receiving from sympathetic donors outside of the country; but all of that is gone now.

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury (of the Court of Public Opinion), I ask you this…is it not a GROSS insult to the conscience of all who believe in Justice, Equity, and the rule of Civilized Laws…for Bangladesh to be THE biggest contributor of Soldiers to United Nations Peacekeeping operations around the world; whilst at the same time being guilty of the most heinous human rights abuses in Asia in their OWN country!

Were we not collectively shocked (due to thepoor innocent Bangladeshpropaganda public image that we were used to) at the time when the news aired reporting on Bangladesh UN peacekeepers stationed in Sudan who committed rapes of young African girls? (see news article here). However, now that we have learned where this criminal modus operandi was rehearsed – and upon whom – such news shall not surprise us any longer – for these uniformed criminals have been thoroughly exposed for the GENOCIDAL VILLAINS that they are!

THIS is what the Muslim Bangladesh government is doing to its Christian & Buddhist
Indigenous Peoples!

The boy lived (see before & after pics of him when his leg
was almost chopped off (what kind of MF chops a baby?) but
unfortunately his mother (corpse shown) and father did NOT
survive they machete attack by Muslim Bengali illegal settlers
invading Jumma Indigenous lands in the Chittagong Hills of

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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Update on police attack on Chakma village in Teknaf : Police compel to sign villagers in white paper

Update on police attack on Chakma village in Teknaf : Police compel to sign villagers in white paper
Today (on 3 June 2012) around 12.00 noon a group of police from Cox’s Bazaar district led by Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Uttam Kumar Pal and Chhatradhar Tripura visited the Amtali Chakma village. It is learnt that police interrogated the villagers and compelled them to sign in white paper.
It is also reported that though police primarily claimed that some police personnel of Howaikong police post went to the Amtali village following a case filed by Abdul Haque to arrest the culprits. But at present, police tried to divert the incident to other direction in order to suppress the indigenous Chakma villagers.
It is also learnt that police mentioned in the dispatch (challan) form that the injured policeman Sipon Mian was wounded by one Bengali villager named Anowar Hossain. But local newspapers, namely, daily Cox’s Bazaar, Apon Kontho, Rupashi Gram, Bankkhali etc. intentionally reported today (3 June) that the policeman Sipon Mian was wounded by Chakma villagers.

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[ঘটনায় পুলিশ সদস্যরা চাকমা তরুণীদের শারীরিক নির্যাতন, শ্লীলতাহানি, যৌন নির্যাতন চালিয়ে গর্ভবতী এক গৃহবধৃকে পিটিয়ে গর্ভপাত করেছে বলে অভিযোগ পাওয়া গেছে।]




Saturday, June 2, 2012

Police attack on indigenous village in Teknaf, 11 injured & a woman gave birth to a premature baby due to inhuman torture

Police attack on indigenous village in Teknaf, 11 injured & a woman gave birth to a premature baby due to inhuman torture

In the early hours of 30 May 2012 a group of police from Teknaf police station and miscreants of mainstream population led by Sub-Inspector (SI) Bakhtiar and local influential Abdul Haque raided indigenous Tanchangya (generally called Chakma themselves) villages of Howaikyong area under Teknaf upazila in Cox’s Bazaar district. In this attack, 9 houses were completely ransacked and 11 Chakma villagers were severely wounded. Besides, 7 villagers including 4 Chakma youths and students were arrested. One pregnant woman gave birth to a premature baby due to brutally torture and several women were sexually harassed.

Malaimey Chakma (30) gave birth to a premature baby after police kicked her on her belly

It is learnt that on 29 May 2012 around 10.00 pm, a group of miscreants numbering 10-11 persons led by one policeman Sipon Mian (32), a village police member Md. Hossain and a local land grabber Md. Abdul Haque made an attack on Amtali Chakma village of Howaikyong union in Teknaf. They first raided the houses of Bhantu Ching Chakma (25) s/o late Neemong Chakma and Chingkyahla Chakma (40) s/o Chaigya U Chakma and tried to bring out young women from the houses. The neighbours of this village rushed there while the young women were shouting. Sensing public presence, the two police personnel and miscreants fled the area hurriedly.

Around 3.00 am on 30 May 2012, the police taking more police force from Howaikyong police post led by Sub-Inspector (SI) Bakhtiar and more musclemen led by local influential Abdul Haque again attacked Amtali Chakma villages. They beat the Chakma villagers indiscriminately and looted the valuables of the houses.
Sources said that the police and miscreants first raided the house of Ucha Thaoi Chakma (40) of Amtali village and arrested him without any allegation and then beat severely. At that time, 8-month pregnant his wife Ms. Malaimey Chakma (30) was also beaten indiscriminately while she tried to protect her husband from beating of attackers. Due to beating her indiscriminately, Malaimey gave birth to a premature baby. She was first admitted at local health complex at Teknaf and on 1 June she was transferred to Cox’s Bazaar district hospital with serious condition.

Then the miscreants raided the house of Pou Aung Chakma and looked for him and his son Shanti Mong Chakma. The miscreants ransacked and looted the house. The miscreants also tortured his daughter-in-law Ms. Chhaya Mee Chakma (28) while she tried to prevent them from ransacking and looting the house. In this attacked, hand of the Chhaya Mee Chakma was broken.

After that, the police and miscreants ransacked and looted the houses of Chhoi Mong Chakma, Nee Mong Chakma, Aung Kee Chakma, Ukhya Hla Chakma, Thowai Chha Chakma, Mong Thing Chakma and Sai Mong Goo Chakma. At that time, the gang leader of the attack Abdul Haque, Azizul Haque and Jahangir Alam (s/o Azizul Haque) inhumanly beat and molested Ms. Lucky Chakma (18) and Ms. Samiya Ching Chakma Sumi (15) in front of police.

In this attack, 9 houses of indigenous villagers were ransacked and 11 indigenous Chakma villagers including two girls and two boys were critically wounded. Of them, 4 innocent Chakma villagers were arrested without showing any allegation. The victims were identified as-
(1)   Ms. Lucky Chakma (18), beaten and sexually harassed;
(2)   Ms. Samiya Ching Chakma Sumi (15), beaten and sexually harassed;
(3)   Roi Mey Chakma (85), severely wounded
(4)   Usa King Chakma (55), severely wounded
(5)   Rima Sai Chakma (50), severely wounded
(6)   Kishore Uoisa Chakma (10), severely wounded
(7)   Sain Ming Chakma (9), severely wounded
(8)   Uchha Thain Chakma (35), severely wounded and arrested
(9)   Sathaing Chakma (25), severely wounded and arrested
(10)     Nayan Chakma driver (24), severely wounded and arrested
(11)     Sathai Sing Chakma (26), severely wounded and arrested
Consecutive raids by the police on indigenous villagers continued 30 and 31 May. Police encircled the village. At present, Aamtoli village is almost without any male members as they have fled their village fearing further attack and police harassment. It is learnt that the villagers are in grave fear even to bring the wounded to Cox’s Bazaar district headquarters for better treatment lest police arrest them.
It is reported that the gang leader of the attack Abdul Haque, Azizul Haque and Jahangir Alam (s/o Azizul Haque) occupied hilly land of local Buddhist temple and have been staying there erecting house on this land.
In addition, Abdul Haque has been trying to occupy land owned by indigenous Chakma villagers of Shukna Amtali village in Teknaf. In the arbitrations, Upazila Executive Officer (UNO) gave decision/judgment in favour of indigenous Chakma villagers. Failing to win in the arbitration, Abdul Haque filed a false case against 11 Chakma villagers and 5 Bengali villagers of Shukna Amtali village with Teknaf police station on 13 May 2012.
It is reported that in the name of arresting the contestants of the said case, policeman Sipon Mian (32), a village police Md. Hossain, local chowkidar (village watchman) Majan and Md. Abdul Haque along with some musclemen went to the Amtali village (far from around 3 kilometers from Shukna Amtali village) basically with the aim to collect money from innocent Chakma villagers threatening to arrest them. Hearing the hue and cry of the victims, and thinking the victims might have been attacked by robbers, the villagers rushed there and attacked the assailants. In this counter attack, Sipon Mianh was critically injured. He is now undergoing treatment at Chittagong Medical College hospital.
Police falsely claimed that some police personnel of Hoaikong police post went to the Amtali village following a case filed by some Abdul Haque to arrest the culprits. Police also claimed that when police were returning with two accused arrested, the villagers swooped on them with sharp weapons, and gravely injured one of their colleagues namely Shipon Mian. But the villagers claimed that police’s version of the incident was fully fabricated and baseless. Police went to the Amtali village putting civil dress with the motive to conduct robbery in the name of searching accused persons.
Kapaeeng Foundation
(A Human Rights Organization for Indigenous Peoples of Bangladesh)

Jumma villagers attacked by Bengali settlers with the intention to grab land in Barkal

Jumma villagers attacked by Bengali settlers with the intention to grab land in Barkal
On 30 May 2012, three indigenous villagers including a woman of an indigenous family were allegedly attacked and injured by Bengali settlers with the intention to grab the land of that family in Barkal upazila of Rangamati district.
The victims were identified as Mr. Biro Kumar Chakma (60), Mr. Amar Kanti Chakma (28) s/o Biro Kumar Chakma and (3) Ms. Sangeet Mala Chakma (25) w/o Amar Kanti Chakma of village Amtala of Aimachara union under Barkal upazila in Rangamati district. Of them, seriously injured Biro Kumar Chakma was admitted to Barkal upazila Hospital and other two were released on that day after providing primary treatment.
It is learnt that on that day in the morning time Biro Kumar Chakma, his son Amar Kanti Chakma and daughter-in-law Sangeet Mala Chakma together went to their own land nearby their home to erect a house. At that time, Md. Amir Hossein (45) and his two sons Md. Jasim (21) and Md. Ibrahim (18) of nearby Bengali settler area of Amtala suddenly attacked them with stick and wood and beat indiscriminately, leaving the Jumma villager seriously injured. Of them, Biro Kumar Chakma sustained serious injuries on his head, shoulder and backside.
According to the victims, Bengali settler Md. Amir Hossein and his family coming from nearby Kalabunia area of Barkal upazila had already forcefully occupied paddy land of Biro Kumar Chakma and constructed house in 2006 on this land. At that time, Biro Kumar Chakma filed a general diary against Amir Hossain with Barkal police station. Now, again he is trying to snatch away the rest hilly land, the last property of Biro Kumar Chakma.
It is learnt that Biro Kumar Chakma put an allegation on the attack with the Barkal police station. But, till preparing the report, no action was reportedly taken by the police against the attackers.

Kapeeng Foundation.

5th meeting of the CHT Accord Implementation Committee held in Dhaka

5th meeting of the CHT Accord Implementation Committee held in Dhaka
On 28 May 2012 the 5th meeting of the CHT Accord Implementation Committee was held at the office of the deputy leader of the Parliament of Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban in Dhaka. The meeting started at 10.00 am and continued for more than two hours.
Presided over by convenor of the CHT Accord Implementation Committee and deputy leader Ms. Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury, the meeting was attended by member of the committee Mr. Jyotirindra Bodhipriya Larma, president of the Parbatya Chattagram Jana Samhati Samiti (PCJSS) and Mr. Jatindra Lal Tripura MP, chairman of the Task Force on rehabilitation of returnee refugees and IDPs. Besides, adviser to the prime minister on international affairs Dr. Gowher Rizvi was also present there on special invitation.
The agenda on amendment of CHT Land Dispute Resolution Commission Act of 2001, progress of implementation of the CHT Accord and overall situation in CHT were discussed in this meeting. It is learnt that the meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere.
In this meeting, the CHT Accord Implementation Committee stuck to its stand on three points in the draft proposals for amendment to the CHT Land Dispute Resolution Commission Act of 2001 and cancelled another proposal for involvement of Land Ministry, Ministry of CHT Affairs (MoCHTA) and CHT Accord Implementation Committee over the functions of the CHT Land Dispute Resolution Commission. It is mentionable that CHT Regional Council (CHTRC) and Ministry of CHT Affairs (MoCHTA) had finalised a draft bill for amending the Land Dispute Resolution Commission Act of 2001 with 13 proposals and the CHT Accord Implementation Committee in its last meeting endorsed them for amendment, but the Land Ministry sought fresh opinion on four proposals.
The Land Ministry objected to the proposal for replacing the Section 6(1)(a) that reads “To settle the land related dispute of the rehabilitated refugees in accordance with the existing laws and customs in the Chittagong Hill Tracts” with “In addition to quick settlement of the disputes of lands of the rehabilitated tribal refugees to settle, all disputes of lands, which have been illegally given in settlement and occupied in accordance with the existing laws, customs and usages of Chittagong Hill Tracts”.
The Land Ministry objected to the proposal for dropping the sub-section of section 6(1)(c) that reads, ‘Provided that, this sub-section shall not be applicable in case of Reserved Forests, Kaptai Hydroelectricity Project area, Betbunia Earth Satellite Station, state-owned industries and land recorded with the Government or local authorities.’
The Land Ministry objected to the proposal for replacing the words “another two members” with “another three members” of the Section 7(3) that reads, “Attendance of the Chairman and another three members on the meeting shall be necessary for maintaining quorum and the Chairman of the commission shall preside over all meetings.”
The Committee decided in the meeting that the three proposals mentioned above would remain the same. The CHT Accord Implementation Committee also decided the following for implementation-
(a)    To place a bill for amending the CHT Land Dispute Resolution Commission Act of 2001, in the current budget session of parliament;
(b)   To send draft bill for amending the CHT Land Dispute Resolution Commission Act of 2001 to the CHTRC to get its final consent prior to place in the parliament;
(c)    To transfer the subject “Land and Land Management” to the Hill District Councils as soon as possible;
(d)   To finalise the draft Rules of Business of the CHTRC and execution of the CHTRC complex project;
(e)    To grant necessary fund for CHTRC’s office-cum-rest house in Dhaka and CHTRC complex project;
(f)    To hold meeting of the CHT Accord Implementation Committee in every month.
In his discussion, Mr. Jatindra Lal Tripura raised to provide adequate fund to the Task Force on Rehabilitation of Returnee Refugees and IDPs for setting up its office, appointment of staff and logistics.
Mr. Larma raised the issues of declaration of a roadmap with timeframe in order to ensure effective implementation of CHT Accord, withdrawal of temporary camps, involvement of CHTRC in amending the NGO policy, controversial activities of chairman of CHT Land Dispute Resolution Commission etc.
Participating in the discussion on overall situation in CHT, Mr. Larma said that the CHT situation might go beyond control within the next couple of months if the government did not show visible progress in implementing the CHT Accord. The Jumma people do not want to hear promises anymore, they want deeds, he said.

source: PCJSS

An indigenous woman gang raped by Bengali miscreants in Sylhet

An indigenous woman gang raped by Bengali miscreants in Sylhet
On 26 May 2012 at night a 25-year old indigenous woman was raped by a group of Bengali miscreants led by Chikon Ali (40) at Daloi Para village of Khadim Para union under Sylhet sadar upazila in Sylhet district. The victim was admitted at Sylhet Medical College hospital. A case was filed against the culprits with Shahporan police station of Sylhet. However, no culprit has been arrested so far.
It is learnt that Mr. Dipu Dio (38) has been working at the garden of advocate Nowraj Ali of Daloi Para village of Khadim Para union under Sylhet sadar upazila in Sylhet district. Mr. Dio stays there erecting a makeshift on the bank of the pond of this garden and just four months ago he got married the victim. On that day around 9.00 pm, they went to bed as usual. When they were just sleeping, a group of Bengali miscreants led by Chikon Ali forcefully entered the house of Dipu Dio and kept him at the water of pond fastening him strictly. Then they raped the victim. Hearing the shout of the victim, villagers of nearby area rushed there and rescued the victim and her husband. Sensing this, the culprits fled the area leaving the victim injured. After rescuing the victim with serious condition, she was taken to Sylhet Medical College hospital for treatment.
Sources confirm that medical test of the victim was conducted and positive result was found. A case in connection with this rape incident was filed by the victim with Shahporan police station in Sylhet against Chikon Ali (40) s/o late Monowar Ali, Ysuf Ali (35) s/o late Kanai Mian and Foisor Rahman (30) s/o Monowar Ali and other unknown 5/6 persons. However, no body was arrested by police.
An indigenous villager brutally beat by a group of miscreants in Sunamganj
On 28 May 2012 around 9.00 pm an indigenous villager named Tranis Howee (40) of Zumgaon village under Duwara upazila in Sunamganj district was brutally beaten by a group of miscreants belong to mainstream population. He sustained severe injuries on his body. He was admitted at Sylhet Medical College hospital.
Sources said that following a quarrelling regarding football match held at the village, Tranis Howee was attacked.
It is worth mentioning that communal attack, murder, rape and violence against indigenous peoples including women and children in various parts of the country have been increasing at an alarming rate. On 19 May 2012, a seven year old indigenous girl name Shagori Oraon was brutally raped and killed. On 20 May 2012, a grenade attack on unarmed students of Hill Student Council (PCP) was attacked leaving at least 14 innocent students injured. On 22 May 2012, one of the victims of this grenade attack named Mongsa Ching Marma (20) died at Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) while undergoing treatment. On 4 May 2012, four indigenous farm workers were barbarically murdered in the upazila of Manda in the Noagaon district. On 9 May 2012, Sujata Chakma, an 11-year old school girl from Longadu upazila in Rangamati district was raped and inhumanly hacked to death with a machete. Last but not the least, on ! 28 April 2012, an indigenous woman named Ms. Alpana Chakma alias Kalabi (45) of Jarulchara under Longadu upazila in Rangamati district was brutally assaulted and looted by Bengali settlers. These recent events are a reflection of the insecurity in which the indigenous peoples reside and a result of the naked racial hatred that the indigenous peoples are facing.

Kapaeeng Foundation
(A Human Rights Organization for Indigenous Peoples of Bangladesh)

Blast in Hills: Tragedy thrust upon them

Following is the news from Bangladeshi English daily "The Daily Star" on the victim of Rangamti grenade attack:

Blast in Hills

Tragedy thrust upon them

Jibon Chakma, on his bed at Pangu Hospital in the capital, awaits surgery that could leave him without a leg. He along with Kamonasish Chakma, inset, and Babu Dhan was injured in a bomb attack in Rangamati last week. Photo: Rashed Shumon

While his classmates prepare for upcoming exams, critically injured Jibon Chakma lies on a hospital bed trying to come to terms with the fact that his right leg might be amputated from his knee to save his life.

Jibon, a victim of last week's bomb blast in Rangamati, was to undergo a third round of surgery yesterday which was postponed because of severe bleeding in his leg.

Earlier, physicians at Physicians National Institute of Traumatology and Orthopaedic Rehabilitation (Nitor) Hospital informed his family that the spread of infection from his severely damaged leg might threaten his life.

A third year student of Construction Technology at Bangladesh-Swedish Polytechnic Institute (BSPI), Jibon is among 14 activists of Pahari Chhatra Parishad (PCP) injured on May 20 when unidentified assailants hurled a bomb at a group of PCP activists after they attended a council meeting.

Mongsa Ching Marma, 20, later succumbed to his injuries at Chittagong Medical College Hospital last Tuesday.

Critically injured Jibon, Babu Dhan Chakma and Kamonasish Chakma were shifted to Pangu Hospital from Chittagong Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) last Monday.

Jibon's brother Robindra Chakma told The Daily Star on Saturday that the doctors had talked to the family about his brother's health situation.

“Life is more valuable than a leg,” Robindra quoted Jibon as saying when he was told of the probable amputation.

Prof Dr KH Abdul Awal Rizvi, director of Nitor - popularly known as Pangu Hospital - told The Daily Star on Saturday that Jibon had already undergone two surgeries.

“We are trying to save his leg but we may have to decide to amputate it from his knee during the surgery depending on the situation that arises.”

“It was our dream that Jibon would become an engineer. This incident has not only changed his life but all our family's aspirations too,” said Robindra, whose parents are farmers.

The conditions of Babu Dhan Chakma and Kamonasish Chakma are stable now but they have to go undergo further treatment for a long period, family members said.

Kamonasish, a classmate of Jibon, lost four toes of his left leg and had injuries caused to his hands and legs.. “We are concerned whether he will be able to sit for the coming examinations to be held within a month and a half,” his brother Deba Priyo Chakma said. “The incident has left him with severe trauma.”

Kamonashish was grief stricken when he spoke to this correspondent.

“I did not want to harm any one. I just wanted to work to uphold the human rights of my community and that is why I joined that event,” he said.

“I want a proper investigation and exemplary punishment of those responsible,” the 21-year old said.
Babu Dhan Chakma, general secretary of PCP of BSPI unit, also demanded exemplary punishment of those responsible for the heinous attack and proper implementation of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) peace accord.

More about the grenade attack could be found from our past post: