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Maischari land-grab update: Settlers keep their words

Hill Watch Human Rights Forum
NEWS No. 51/2007, November 05, 2007

True to their words, the settlers came back today to cut jungles for house construction on lands belonging to Jumma people in the village of Karallyachari Bhitor Para.

Sources from the area said, in the morning a group of 23 settlers led by Md. Majid from Nunchari went to the spot and began clearing jungle.

When the Jumma villagers lodged protests and asked the settlers why they were out to grab other people’s lands, Majid said: “the government no longer allows us to live where we live now; that is why we are clearing jungle here”.

Today is the consecutive second day that the marauding settlers made foray into the land they want to take away forcibly from the Jumma owners.

More settlers had joined the adventure yesterday. And when the Jummas protested, settler Mobarok threatened them with dire consequences and said, “we will come back tomorrow; resist if you can”.

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