CHT Bangalees Protested the Land Commission Activities on the Fear of Deprivation

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On 23 December 2019, a meeting of the CHT Land Dispute Resolution Commission was held at the recently established Rangamati Branch Office of the CHT Land Commission in Rangamati Hill District Council Office. Chaired by Justice Anowar-Ul Haque, among other members of the commission, the meeting was attended by its members, CHT Regional Council Chairman Jyotirindra Bodhipriya Larma, Chakma Circle Chief Barrister Devasish Roy, Bohmang Circle Chief U Chaw Prue Chowdhury, Rangamati Hill District Council Chairman Brishaketu Chakma and Bandarban Hill District Council Chairman Kyaw Shwe Hla. Rest of the members, Mong Circle Chief Saching Prue Chowdhury, Khgarachari Hill District Council Chairman Kongjori Chowdhury and Additional Commissioner of Chittagong Division were absent in the meeting.

The meeting began at 11:00 am with the discussion on formulation of Rules of Land Commission. Besides, the other issues discussed in the meeting were: hundreds acres of lands forcibly occupied by the Bangalees in Bandarban Hill District; forcibly establishment of army camp at the Buddhist temple premises at Sijok Mukh of Baghaichhari Upazila under Rangamati Hill District; Bangalees attempt of land occupation in Sonamia Tila at Babuchara of Dighinala Upazila of Khagrachari Hill District; and the communal and anti-CHT Accord directives dated 1 November 2019 of Ministry of CHT Affairs titled: “On Present Attitude of Security Forces & Civil Administration towards ordinary Bengali community people & Bengali regional organizations and possible long-standing impact” issued as per the circulation of the Intelligence Department of Armed Forces of the Prime Minister’s office. At last, the meeting concluded with the decision of holding the next meeting of the Commission in Bandarban on 3 February 2020.

Land Commission Chairman and Members Barricaded by the CHT Bangalees

On the way to attend the CHT Land Commission Meeting, the Bangalees under the banner of recently organized ‘Parbatya Chattagram Nagorik Parishad’ (CHT Citizens Council) took an effort to obstruct the convoys of CHT Regional Council Chairman Jyotirindra Bodhipriya Larma and Chakma Circle Chief Barrister Debasish Roy and Land Commission Chairman Anowar-Ul Haque by putting a on the Rangamati-Chittagong main road at Public Health area towards 9:30 am on 23 December 2019. During the procession the Bangalees shouted slogans against the Land Commission chairman-members, the Land Commission Act and Rules.

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