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Mar 2015
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HR Report No: 4/2015 [Land Dispute- CHT]                                  Wednesday 18th March 2015.

Photo Source:The Daily Star; Members of joint forces stop a procession of Dighinala Bhumi Rakkha Committee heading towards the Boder Guard Bangladesh 51 Battalion in Dighinala, Kharachhaori.

According to our Khagrachori correspondent on Sunday 15th march in 2015, more than a dozen indigenous people including women were reportedly injured by BGB (Border Guard Bangladesh) and security force’s charging batons on them and blank fire, when indigenous people brought out a passion in protest at the setting up of 51st BGB battalion offices in Babuchhara of Dighinala.

Indigenous people have demanded over the past few months that the government do not set up the offices in the area, removing 21 indigenous families from their ancestral land.

The indigenous people brought out a procession under the banner of Dighinala Land Protection Committee towards the under- construction Babuchhara battalion headquarter of the Border Guard Bangladesh. They were barred in at least four spots by the members of Army, BGB, Police and Ansar.

Boalkhali Ashram’s teacher Arun Shanti Chakma and other unidentified day laborer were picked up during the daylong clashes, police and locals say. On that day night police arrest 11 persons of indigenous people including a women.

The protesters suspected that the army men had tortured at least two indigenous people class 10th  student Subikash Chakma and Tridib Chakma. Six other hill people including Shushil Bikash Chakma, Rabi Ranjan Chakma and Lalon Chakma were also injured.

Later in the day, Dighinala Land Protection Committee Convener Poritosh Chakma in a statement announced daylong transport strike in Dighinala for sunday protesting the attack of security forces, torture and gunshots on the demonstrators.

Many groups express deep concern regarding this clash including Hill Women Federation, Gonatantric Jubo Forum and Pahari Chhatra Porishod and demanded proper investigation and justice.      

·http://issuu.com/dhakatribune/docs/150314195153-4ae487b9d150491e96f4cc6d9a23fd7a/9?e=6924309/11864427

·http://iva.aippnet.org/bangladesh-17-hurt-in-marchers-clash-with-security-forces/·         http://www.hillbd24.com/beta/news.php?item=881

·  The Daily Star, March 16th 2015, page 16.