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Communal Attack by Settlers upon Jumma People at Guimara of Ramgarh
17 April 2011, 4.00 p.m.
In a primary report it has been learnt that since 14 April 2011, the first day of the Bengali year, when most of the Jumma People were engaged in enjoying the Year End Festival, the Bizu or Sangrai, the settlers from the neighbouring areas started occupying lands of the local Jumma people. The local Jumma People, who are owners of the lands requested to stop it. The local Jumma People informed of the matter to the local authorities including army one. But it resulted in vain.
Today on 17 April 2011 morning around 10 a.m. the settlers continued clearing bushes and making temporary makeshifts and at the same time fell upon the Jumma people, who finding no other alternatives were compelled to resist them. Consequently about 10 Jumma persons were injured among whom 2 persons reported died and 7 settlers were precariously injured among whom 1-3 may likely die.
As a repercussion to it, the settlers under the protection of Army from Guimara brigade started attack upon Jumma People of Rimaram Para and Shankhola Para of Toikarma Mouza under Ramgarh upazila in Khagrachari hill district. Several houses of the Jumma people have been looted and set ablaze.
It is learnt that tension loomed large in the surrounding areas of the upazila and unless the highest authorities of the government of Bangladesh pay attention and interfere communal riots against the Jumma people, under the patronisation of the fundamentalist elements of the army authorities, must spread out there and other places.