At least 15 Bangalee farmers were injured as armed terrorists of the United People’s Democratic Front (UPDF) attacked them at Matiranga upazila in Khagrachhari on Sunday and Monday.
According to local Bengalis, around 30 to 35 armed terrorists of the UPDF waylaid them while they were going to cultivate their land in Laifu Karbaripara area of Tabalchhari Village in the upazila on Sunday.When they were cultivating their land, the criminals beat them up and fired 60-70 rounds of blank shots, causing panic.
At least 10 Bangalees were injured in the incident. The miscreants had fled before the security forces reached the spot.
On Monday morning, the armed terrorists of the UPDF entered the village again, beat up the Bengalis and drove them out of their houses.
At around 9:00 pm on the same day, about 50 to 60 armed terrorists attacked the Bengali village again, beat the Bangalees and drove them out of their homes, locals said. At least five Bengalis were injured at that time.
When the Bangalees gathered together and chased the terrorists, they cut down more than 300 trees in a garden owned by Bangalee Mofiz Miah in Pongbari area of Muslimpara. Then one Anu Mia’s tea stall 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. Legal action will be taken against the culprits after investigation.
Deputy Commissioner Pratap Chandra Biswas, Kujendra Lal Tripura MP, Guimara Region Commander and Zone Commander visited the site on Tuesday.
Local Bangalees believe the withdrawal of army camps has led to an increase in attacks by tribal terrorists in the hills.
The government withdrew 240 army camps from the Chattogram Hill Tracts under 1997 Hill Tracts Agreement.