News No. 88/2012, Monday, September 17, 2012
THE BENGALI settlers today beat two Jumma villagers after a protest march in Khagrachari town they held over yesterday’s land clash in Betchari.
The incident happened at 12 noon near Yongdaw Buddhist Temple in Khagrachari town when a group of settlers were on their way back home to Ghungurochari after taking part in the demonstration.
The settlers set upon them, injuring them seriously. Later, the police rescued and sent them to Khagrachari hospital.
The victims have been identified as Ratnakor Chakma, 35, son of late Sureshwar Chakma and Babullya Chakma, 26, son of Nil Ranjan Chakma from Betchari Christian Para village.
The Officer-in-charge of Khagrachari police station Mostafizur Rahman said two Bengali settlers have been arrested in connection with the incident.
He said, ‘Necessary measures have been taken to prevent the recurrence of such violence.’
An unconfirmed report said the settlers also kidnapped another Jumma named Sumon Chakma from same area.
The United Peoples’ Democratic Front (UPDF) has condemned the attack on the two innocent villagers.
In a statement UPDF leader Pradeep Chakma said, ‘Apparently a vested interest group among the settlers is trying to find pretexts to create communal riots between Jumma people and Bengali settlers and thereby gain political dividends.’
‘Yesterday’s attempt at grabbing land in Betchari and today’s protest march over a fake issue give credence to it,’ he added.