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Government Plan to Settle Bengali Families in Sajek, Rangamati

April 25, 2005.

Government Plan to Settle Bengali Families in Sajek, Rangamati

Sources from Baghaichari have reported that the government of Bangladesh is planning to settle 65 thousand Bengalees in Sajek Union under Rangamati district. For the last few days military officials have been frequenting to the area. Rangamati Brigade Commander will visit Sajek in a few days. Soldiers are now clearing jungles for a temporary helipad to enable a military copter to drop the Brigade commander.

For the last one and half years the military has been engaged in constructing a road from Baghaihat to Sajek. It is believed that as soon as the road is completed the government will start the settlement of the Bengali people.

According to the alleged plan the government will settle them on a vast hilly area from Baghaihat to Majolong in the Union. As part of the blueprint, apart from constructing the Sajek road, a new army camp has already been set up in a place called Nandaram.

The settlement of such a large number of Bengali settler families will have devastating effect on the environment. It will evict the Christian Pankua nationality who have been living in the area peacefully, mostly unaffected during the JSS struggle.

Prepared by Human Rights Monitoring Cell, United People’s Democratic Front (UPDF). April 25, 2005. Dhaka.

Source: UPDF

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