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Recover lands grabbed by Bengali settlers Indigenous leaders urge govt

Staff Correspondent

Speakers at a press conference yesterday demanded of the government to recover the indigenous lands including Shishughar, an orphanage for Buddhist children, grabbed by a group of Bengali settlers.

They also called for immediate withdrawal of the case filed against the Jumma people in an incident that took place at Maischhari area under Mahalchhari upazila on April 3 this year.

The press conference was organised jointly by Bangladesh Adibashi Forum, Khagrachhari Zila Nagorik Committee, Khagrachhari Zila Headman Association, Jumma Sharanarthi Kalyan Parishad, Hill Law Graduate Association, and Legal Aid and Research Association at the National Press Club in the city protesting land grabbing of indigenous people and torturing on indigenous women.

Mentioning the April 3 incident as pre-planned, the indigenous leaders said it was the result of grabbing seven acres of land belonging to the orphanage and Boudha Bihar one year ago by the Bengali settlers.

They demanded arrest of the settlers involved in the incident and exemplary punishment to those who allegedly raped two indigenous women.

Speaking on the occasion, Secretary of Bangladesh Adibashi Forum Sanjib Drong said the indigenous people are still being tortured but the government, whoever in power, never paid any heed to it.

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