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On 28 April 2012 at
about 3:30 pm an indigenous woman named Ms. Alpana Chakma alias Kalabi
(45) wife of Kaladhan Chakma of village- Jarulchara of Gulshakhali union
under Longadu upazila in Rangamati district was allegedly assaulted,
looted and raped by Bengali settlers. The victim was seriously wounded
and admitted to Rabeta hospital in Longadu upazila with senseless
It is learnt that on
this day at about 3:15 pm victim Alpana Chakma left home for nearby
Gulshakhali Bazaar area of Gulshakhali union. At around 3:30 pm when she
reached the Jarulchara area, half of the way to Gulshakhali bazaar, two
Bengali settlers halted her. Immediately after that the Bengali
settlers began to assault her with sharp metal weapons. In the assault,
she was deeply wounded on the left side of her head, seriously hit all
around the body. Besides, the Bengali settlers also looted golden
necklace, nose-ring, cash taka 5300 from her.
At a stage of assault,
hearing the shouting of the victim, Jumma villagers from nearby area
namely Bidhan Bikash Chakma, Alo Bikash Chakma, Dipta Chakma and Sonayan
Chakma rushed to the spot and found the woman screaming lying on the
ground. Then they rapidly took her to Rabeta hospital of Longadu upazila
headquarter. At that time, the victim became senseless and was admitted
to Rabeta hospital. The victim confirmed the rescuers that the she was
raped by the culprits.
It is also mentionable
that as per the rescuers the victim could identify one of the culprits
who belongs to Bengali settlers of Gulshakhali Choumuhani settler area.
It is learnt that in the
evening, vice chairman of Longadu upazila parishad Mr. Janey Alam,
chairman of Atarakchara union Mr. Mangal Kanti Chakma, Officer-in-Charge
(OC) of Longadu police station Rejaul Haque, among others, visited the
victim at hospital.
Till preparing the report, none was arrested by police and a case filing was under process in this connection.
It is mentionable
that the Bengali settlers who were brought from plain lands and settled
down at Gulshakhali, Bogachadar and Kalapagujya areas under Longadu
upazila in 1980s have been trying to grab the lands of Jumma people. As a
part of this attempt, the following two massive attacks, among others,
are most remarkable-
On 17 February
2011 Bengali settlers in collaboration with Border Guard of Bangladesh
(BGB) (formerly BDR) made a massive communal attack on Jumma villages of
Gulshakhali and Rangi Para areas. At least 23 houses of Jumma villagers
including one BRAC school and 3 tobacco ovens were reportedly burnt to
ashes in the attack while two Jumma students were seriously injured.
Huge valuables were looted by Bengali settlers before setting fire on
Earlier, on 21
December 2010 the Bengali settlers made attack on Jumma village of
Shanti Nagar and inhumanly beat 14 Jumma villagers and ransacked 5
houses motivatedly alleging Jumma villagers to beat a Bengali settler
who went to jungle to collect firewood.
(A Human Rights Organization for Indigenous Peoples of Bangladesh)