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Army threatens Headman to agree to illegal Bengali settlement

Hill Watch Human Rights Forum
NEWS No. 57/2007, December 09, 2007

The second-in-command of Mahalchari Army zone, Major Gaffar yesterday,
8 December 2007, threatened Niroti Chakma, headman of Ugudochari Mouza
under Khagrachari district, to agree to new illegal Bengali settlement
in his area.

The Major called Niroti Chakma and Biswajit Chakma, chairman of
Kiang-ghat Union under Mahalchari Thana, to the zone headquarters and
asked them to agree to the army plan to settle more Bengali people in
Ugudochari. He sought to coerce them into agreeing the plan and said:
“I can put you in a dungeon any time. So do as you are told. You must
look into the matter of the Bengalis”.

Niroti Chakma told the Army commander that when it came to the
settlement of the Bengali people he was helpless because they did not
possess any valid land documents. He also reminded him that all the
lands the settlers want to settle on belong to the Jumma people.

Fresh attempt
One of our sources in Maischari said the illegal settlers made another
attempt today to capture Jumma villagers’ land Ugudochari. The
settlers went to an area near Aryopur Kuthir to cut jungle for
construction of houses. No further details are available.

Press conference in Dhaka
Victims of recent land grabbing in Mahalchari are holding a press
conference at Reporters Unity offices in Dhaka to highlight their
problem. The press conference is underway at the moment.
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