Chakma Buddhist Community Protest March The Assistant High Commissioner Of Bangladesh’s Office

Chakma Buddhist Community Protest March The Assistant High Commissioner Of Bangladesh’s Office

The C Times, 8 June 2017, Agartala: The Chakma National Council Of India (CNCI) Tripura State Committee and the Tripura Chakma Students Association (TCSA) today organized a massive rally from Rabindra Bhavan to the office of the Assistant High Commissioner of Bangladesh, kunjaban and submitted a deputation demanding end of violence against the Chakma Buddhist community and minorities residing in Bangladesh.

Protesting against the incident that took place on 2nd June 2017 at Longadu sub-district of Rangamati district in Chittagong hill tracts where six people were allegedly burnt to death and more than 250 homes burnt by the Muslim agitators mob of Chittagong hill tracts on the pretext of a protest march for an alleged murder crime. It was learnt that a belligerent procession of Muslim settlers organised from battya para of longaduupazila took to the streets under surveillance of Bangladesh army and police forces at around 9 am. When the procession reached longaduupazila headquarters the agitators from within the procession started looting the innocent Chakma community houses and shops without any provocation. They also set on fire more than 250 houses thereby rendering thousands homeless.

The CNCI and TCSA have demanded immediate action for the safety and security of Buddhist Chakmas, Hindus and other minorities residing in Bangladesh followed by adequate compensation and rehabilitation of the victims. They have also demanded to set up an investigation committee with representation from renounced human rights activists from Indigenous community, United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) and Amnesty International. Last but not the least they have strongly urged for stringent punishment of the culprits including those from Bangladesh Army and Police Forces.

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