At least 15 Bengali farmers were injured as armed terrorists of the United People’s Democratic Front (UPDF) have attacked on them at Matiranga upazila in Khagrachhari on Sunday and Monday.
The attack took place on Sunday in the Laifu Karbaripara area of Tabalchhari in Matiranga upazila bordering the Khagrachhari hills. Later, on Monday the UPDF terrorists re-entered the village and launched an armed attack.
At least 10 Bengalis were injured in the incident. The miscreants fled before the security forces could reach the spot.
The next day, on Monday morning, the armed terrorists of the UPDF entered the Bengali village again, beat the Bengalis and drove them out of their houses. At around 9:00pm on the same day, 50/60 armed terrorists again attacked the Bengali village and beat the Bengalis and drove them out of their homes, locals said.
At least 5 Bengalis were injured on that time. When the Bengalis got together and chased, the terrorists cut down more than 300 trees in the garden owned by Bengali Mofiz Miah in Pongbari area of Muslimpara. Then the innocent Anu Mia’s tea shop was set on fire at 12:30 am.
All the injured are residents of Islampur and Shuknachhari areas of Tabalchhari and Tanding Union. Two of them are undergoing treatment at Panchhari Upazila Health Complex.
Khagrachhari Superintendent of Police Mohammad Abdul Aziz confirmed the incident. He said that after receiving the news, police visited the spot. The next legal action will be taken after investigation.
Local Bengalis believe the withdrawal of army camps has led to an increase in attacks by tribal terrorists in the hills. There is currently a security crisis in the mountains. As a result, the terrorists are getting the courage to attack the Bengalis without any hindrance.
Incidentally, the government withdrew 240 army camps from the Chattogram Hill Tracts under the terms of the 1997 Hill Tracts Agreement.