Kanchanpur, Aug 05, 2022, TRIPURATIMES Desk
Kanchanpur Aug 5: Tripura Chakma Students'Association criticized the Bangladesh Government and its security forces for their alleged failure in providing security to the Chakma people living in areas under Khagrachhari district in Bangladesh. The Association members also demanded the intervention of the Bangladesh Prime Minister to stop attacks on the Chakma People in Bangladesh – most of them are Buddhists, Christians and Hindus.
Addressing a press meeting in Kanchanpur, general secretary of Tripura Chakma Students’ Association, Subal Kumar Chakma alleged, “Communal attacks on indigenous peoples by Bengali settlers in the Chittagong hill tracts are rapidly increasing. Such frequent barbaric attacks on indigenous peoples are a serious matter of concern for the indigenous people of Bangladesh and a violation of Human rights. The attacks are slowly destroying indigenous culture, tradition and custom of the different indigenous peoples of Bangladesh”.
Subal Kumar Chakma listed out attacks on Chakma people of Bangladesh over the years – the last one being on July 5, 2022 at Joysen Para under Khagrachhari in Bangladesh in which houses of 35 Chakma people were looted and later set afire. Several people were also injured.
According to Tripura Chakma Students’ Association leaders, a section of local Bangladeshi people unleashed violence against the Chakma people ‘with the intention of grabbing the lands of the Chakma’.
Subal Kumar Chakma alleged several applications detailing the unabated atrocities on Chakma people were submitted to Bangladesh High Commissioner, Agartala to send a memorandum to Bangladesh Prime Minister. However, there were no responses.
In view of the incidences of attacks and demanding protection of Chakma people, the Tripura Chakma Students’ Association demanded to the ‘People's Republic of Bangladesh Government Prime Minister Begum Sheikh Hasina to take action as soon as possible to stop this inhuman crime’. The Association members also said, otherwise they would be forced to launch a larger movement.
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