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Tension in Burighat, Jummas fleeing in fear

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News No. 09/2008, January 24, 2008

Tensions have been running high in Burighat area of Rangamati district after Captian Qamrul of Burighat army camp gave a 72-hours ultimatum for the release of a Bengali settler alleged to have disappeared a few days back.

The ultimatum will end tomorrow, 25 January. However, the army has already arrested two Jummas from Gorjontoli village and tortured another villager. “Massive operations” are reportedly underway.

Another source said Jumma villagers from Gorhed, Edmara and Krishnama Chara are now fleeing their homes for fear of reprisal attacks.

Information about what is actually happening there is scanty as the army has blocked the Rangamati – Khagrachari road.

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