News No. 04/2014, Friday, May 09, 2014
THE foundation stone of Rissho Kosei-kai centre has been damaged and its signboard removed by suspected Bengali settlers in Betchari under Kamalchari Union of Khagrachari Sadar Upazila.
The incident happened on Thursday. Local Jumma villagers suspect that the settlers, who, along with the army, opposed the laying down of the foundation stone, might have taken the advantage of heavy downpour to commit the misdeed.
The foundation stone of Rissho Kosei-kai, a worldwide Buddhist organization, was laid down by Reverend Aritomi Mitsuyuki, Minister of Rissho Kosei-kai, Bangladesh on 19 April amid opposition from the army and the Bengali settlers.
Earlier, Subeder Fazlul, commander of Bhuachari subzone, had phoned local UP member Shanti Brata Chakma to urge him to stop the construction of the foundation stone.
Further, two Bengali settlers, Karim and Subhan, had filed a general diary (GD) with the police, claiming they owned the land.
Ven. Sadhana Joti Bhikkhu, a Buddhist monk and one of the local contacts of Rissho Kosei-kai, confirmed the incident.Rissho Kosei-kai has more then 10,000 members in Bangladesh with its office in Lalkhan Bazar, Chittagong, according to its webpage (http://rkkbd.org/first.php?page=home)