News No.172/2015; Monday, November 16, 2015
BENGALI settlers have grabbed 20 acres of land belonging to Jumma people with the help of the army in Mahalchari, Khagrachari district, sources have said.
According to sources, on Sunday night Bengali settlers from Datkuppya built eight houses on a patch of land lying between Ultachari and Korollyachari, and have been staying there under army protection since then.
The lands, registered with the government in 1966, belong to two villagers – Birobol Chakma and Nikhil Kumar Chakma.
The matter has been reported to the local Mahalchari administration but no action has been taken so far.
According to a latest report, the army has dismantled the houses after the Jummas lodged a strong protest against the illegal occupation of their lands.