News No. 15/2016: Thursday, February 25, 2016
AN ATTEMPT to grab land by Bengali settlers in Rowasaya Para in Kamalchari Union, about three kilometers south of Khagrachari town, has failed when it met with fierce resistance from Jumma people, according to sources.
Tensions flared early in the morning today, February 25, when a group of Bengali settlers from Shalbon in Khagrachari town went to Rowasaya Para (Rubber Plantation) in two open jeeps and tried to build houses on lands belonging to Jumma villagers.
The Jummas resisted fiercely, forcing them to stage a retreat.
Government officials including the Deputy Commissioner, the Superintendent of Police (SP) and the Mayor rushed to the spot and prevented the tension from flaring into a communal riot, which is often the case when Bengali settlers make attempts to grab Jumma’s land in the CHT.
They brought the situation under control by forcing the settlers to go back home.
Although calm and normalcy has returned to the area, there is apprehension that the settlers might stage a comeback when they see an opportune moment in the future.