News No. 79/2014, Wednesday, September 17, 2014
TENSIONS flared up in Betchari of Khagrachari district yesterday when Bengali settlers made an unsuccessful attempt to grab land belonging to Jumma villagers.
According to sources, at about 8am, a group of 20 – 25 Bengali settlers led by Sobhan from Bhuachari cluster village began to clear jungle on lands belonging to Jumma people in Middle Betchari.
“The settlers began cutting jungles from near the house of Nitimoy Chakma, 35, son of Mokkapeda Chakma,” an eyewitness told chtnews.com, adding that the settlers had later destroyed the house.
He said that as the Jumma villagers resisted the marauding settlers ran away.
After the incident, army personnel have been deployed to the hotspot.
The Bengali settlers had been trying to grab the land for a long time. Couples of months ago, the Risho Kosei Kai, a Japan-based International Buddhist development organization, set up a branch office on that piece of land.
But on 8 May, the settlers destroyed the foundation stone of Risho Kosei Kai and pulled down its signboard, and on 16 July, they tore down the under-construction structure of Rissho Kosei Kai’s Khagrachari branch office, defying a police order urging status quo in respect of the said land.