Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Bangladesh imposes fresh curfew after south-east riots - Summary

Dhaka - Authorities in Bangladesh imposed a fresh night-time curfew in its south-eastern Khagrachhari hill district following riots between rival ethnic groups, officials said. "Night-time curfew between 2200 hours (1600 GMT) Wednesday and 0700 hours (0100 GMT) Thursday will remain in force," chief administrator of the district Mohammad Abdullah, told German Press Agency dpa.
Troops had remained deployed to prevent any trouble, he added.
Soldiers and police earlier launched a crackdown in the Khagrachhari hill district following riots between ethnic minority people and Bengali settlers.
They arrested 55 people allegedly involved in Tuesday's violence, which left at least 15 people injured and several homes torched, additional police chief of the district Amir Jafar said.
"The drive against the criminals is underway, and the ban on all sorts of gatherings remains in force," he said.>more>,bangladesh-imposes-fresh-curfew-after-south-east-riots--summary.html

Emergency meet reviews CHT situation

The Deputy Commissioner (DC) of the district asked the concerned officials to deal the affairs related to law and order with iron hands to contain discipline.

The DC gave the directive at an emergency meeting held on Tuesday evening amid continued troubles at places in the Chittagong Hill Tracts.

He sought cooperation of officials, political-social leaders and elite to stop recurrence of any unwanted incidents those took place at Baghaihat under Baghaichhari upazila of the district, Khagrachhari and elsewhere in the CHT recently.>more>

Curfew re-imposed in Khagrachhari

KHAGRACHHARI, Feb 24 (UNB): As army troops patrolled the hill-district town to calm ethnic strife, State Minister for Home Affairs Shamsul Haque Tuku Wednesday urged the indigenous community and Bangalee people to live in the Chittagong Hill Tracts maintaining peaceful coexistence shunning the path of violence.>more>

Ethnic Violence Grips Bangladesh

On February 23, Dhaka authority deployed troops in the south-eastern Khagrachhari district (Chittagong Hill Tracts) after clashes between ethnic tribal people and Bengali settlers left at least 15 people injured and several houses torched. Earlier, similar violence took place in Rangamati district on February 19-20.

The Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) stated that at least eight Chakmas (one of the indigenous tribes of CHTs) were shot dead by the Bangladesh army personnel while dozens were injured on Feb 19-20. However the government has denied the reports so far.>more>

New clashes in Bangladesh tribal area

DHAKA — At least 20 people were injured and dozens of houses torched Tuesday in fresh clashes between tribal groups and Bengali settlers in Bangladesh's insurgency-hit southeastern hills, police said.
Two tribespeople have been killed and 30 injured since the violence began Sunday, when troops opened fire on feuding groups of Buddhist tribespeople and opposition-allied Muslim Bengali settlers, according to the official account.>more>

Curfew slapped on Khagrachhari

The authorities imposed a 10-hour curfew in Khagrachhari town and its surrounding areas from 9:00pm yesterday in the wake of fresh violence between Bangalee settlers and indigenous people in the area that left a Banglaee settler dead.

Around 50 people were injured and 66 houses reduced to ashes during the clashes yesterday that forced the authorities to roll out the army in the afternoon.>more>

Army deployed in tense Bangladesh tribal region

Bangladesh's army has been sent to the south-eastern Chittagong Hill Tracts following violent clashes between Bengali settlers and tribal people.
Officials say at least 30 people were injured in violence centred around the town of Khagrachari.
At least two people were killed in clashes in other parts of the Hill Tracts over the weekend. One unconfirmed report put the toll higher.>more>

Bangladesh's government is again deploying troops to stop fighting between ethnic groups in the Chittagong Hill Tracts.

Bangladeshi troops were sent to the town of Khagrachhari after 30 people were injured in Tuesday's clashes involving Bengali Muslim settlers and Buddhist tribespeople. Officials say about 100 houses were set ablaze in the fighting>more>

Political parties express concern

Different socio-political organisations yesterday expressed grave concern over the incidents at Gangaram cluster village under Baghaichhari Upazila of Rangamati hill district on Friday.

They called upon the government to take stern measures to stop recurrence of such incidents and bring the culprits to book.

Expressing deep concern, Moulana Abdur Rakib, President and Moulana Abdul Latif Nezami, general secretary of Bangladesh Nezame Islam Party in a joint statement blamed the government for the incident as it had withdrawn armed forces from the hill tracs. They demanded reestablishment of army camps in the Chittagong Hill Tracts districts.>more>

Fresh violence flares up in Khagrachhari

KHAGRACHHARI, Feb 23 (Agencies): At least 20 houses were set ablaze in two localities in the strike-bound district town amid a clash between indigenous people and Bangalee settlers Tuesday in a fresh flare-up of violence in the hill tracts.

District Administration imposed section 144 on the entire area of Sadar Upazila at 2:00pm to avert further outbreaks in a sequel to Tuesday' s clashes that left over 15 people wounded, including a TV journalist.>more>

Chittagong Hill Tracts churches burn

At least four places of worship, including a Protestant church, have been set ablaze following deadly violence between ethnic tribal groups and Bengali settlers in Bangladesh’s Chittagong Hill Tracts that has left at least three dead and 1,500 homeless.

The tribal people say that the army opened fire on them while Bengali settlers set their homes on fire in Gangaram Mukh and Baghaihat areas on Friday and Saturday [Feb. 19 and 20], UCA News reports
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Army deployed in tense Bangladesh tribal region

(BBC)Bangladesh’s army has been sent to the south-eastern Chittagong Hill Tracts following violent clashes between Bengali settlers and tribal people.

Officials say at least 30 people were injured in violence centred around the town of Khagrachari.>more>

Bangladesh burns more tribal villages: Government asked to give access to massacre sites

New Delhi: Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) condemned burning down of more villages of indigenous Chakma and tribal peoples today i.e. 23 February 2010 under Khagrachari district of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHTs), Bangladesh. Dozens of houses were set on fire at Mahajanpara and Milanpur villages at Khagrachari by the illegal plain settlers with the backing of the Bangladesh Army personnel at the time of issuing this press release. The illegal plain settlers took advantage of a strike called by the United Peoples Democratic Front, a political party of the indigenous Jumma peoples, protesting against the killings of indigenous Jumma people at Sajek Union under Rangamati district on 19-20 February 2010.>more>

Down in dumps

Tears were flooding the eyes of the three, who lost their mother Buddha Bati Chakma in a shooting allegedly by security personnel in Baghaichhari upazila Saturday morning.

Sumita Chakma, 19, her brother Jewel Chakma, 15, and their younger sister Rupna Chakma, 10, passed the last three days with their relatives in Bongaltali, some 15 kilometres away from their burned down house, without any help from the government.>more>

Ethnic people rally for justice

Tension ran high in Rangamati and Khagrachhari as indigenous people and Bangalee settlers brought out processions and held rallies yesterday blaming each other for Saturday's violence that claimed two lives at a Rangamati village.

Around 7,000 indigenous people, led by Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) leaders, marched in procession to the Rangamati deputy commissioner's office and submitted a memorandum to the premier through the DC demanding parliamentary enquiry into the incidents.>more>

Justice to be administered at Baghaichhari :Dipankar

State Minister for CHT Affairs Dipankar Tal-ukder said that persons responsible for Baghaihat incident would be brought to justice through a fair investigation. It would also be unearthed if any evil force was behind the scene, he said while visiting different affected areas in Baghaichhari upazila on Sunday.

He warned that none would be spared if found guilty for trying to disrupt the existing cordial and peaceful co-existence between the tribal people and the Bengali speaking people. The state minister also assured both of them proper compensations. CHT Affairs Task Force Chairman Jyotindra Lal Tripura, Rangamati and Khagrachhari Hill District Council Chairmen Nikhil Kumar Chakma and Ruhity Karbari, Rangamati DC Surendra Nath Chakrabarty and Police Super Masudul Hassan, among others flanked the minister.>more>

Curfew slapped on Khagrachhari municipality

The authorities have imposed a curfew on Khagrachhari municipality and its neighbouring areas for 10 hours from 9:00pm Tuesday in the wake of fresh violence in the area that killed at least one person.

At least 50 people were injured and 66 houses burnt in clashes between indigenous people and Bangalee settlers on Tuesday that forced the authorities to roll out army Tuesday afternoon.

Muhammad Abdullah, deputy commissioner of Khagrachhari, told The Daily Star he imposed curfew to avoid any untoward incident at night.>more>

Attack condemned

Rights activists and eminent personalities yesterday strongly condemned the killing of indigenous people and arson attacks on their houses at Baghaihat in Rangamati on Saturday.

In separate statements, they demanded formation of a judiciary commission to probe the incident and punishment to the attackers.

They called on the government to provide food and treatment facilities for the affected families and ensure their rehabilitation.

They also called for deployment of police force formed with indigenous people and Bangalees.>more>

PCJSS seeks PM's intervention to restore peace in hills

Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity on Monday sought direct intervention of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to restore peace in Chittagong Hill Tracts that turned unstable following Saturday's violence in Baghaichhari of Rangamati.

At a rally organised to protest killing indigenous people in Baghaihat, the indigenous leaders accused army of killing people and setting fire to nine villages at Baghaihat under Baghaichhari upazila.

The PCJSS, a platform of the indigenous people living in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, demanded deployment of additional police forces to replace army and immediate withdrawal of Baghaihat army zone. >more>

At least two people killed in ethnic violence

Bangladesh opposition blames army pullout for the clashes in the Chittagong Hills
By Anisur Rahman, CorrespondentPublished: 00:00 February 23, 2010
Dhaka: The main opposition party, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), claims that the pullout of troops from the south-east hills under a 1997 peace accord has caused ethnic violence in the region.>more>