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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

New army camp in CHT



A source associated with the CHT Voice reports a while ago that Bangladesh army has started construction of a new camp today at Taitongpara in Rajasthali Upazila. It is about 1.5 km south of Rajasthali Upazila headquarter and falls in Fuaitong Mouza and Gaianda Union in Rangamati Hill District. Report claims that local public has also been engaged in the construction alongside the army personnel. There had been no camp in this place before.

Setting up of this camp has been undertaken when the government has been able convince Mr. Santu Larma to some extent on the start of implementation of the CHT Accord in the 4th meeting of the CHT Accord implementation committee held in Dhaka on 22nd instant. On the CHT situation, the ECOSOC adopted in May 2011 to strain human rights violation records of Bangladeshi UN Peacekeepers before their participation to UN missions.

The Chittagong Hill Tracts have been brought under military presence since 1973, with a deployment of a company in Dighinala without any provocations, followed by construction of three cantonments in Dighinala, Ruma and Alikadam in 1973 and 1974. The elderly people of Dighinala still remember names of Lt Kabir and also a JCO with great detest for their atrocities carried out in 1973.  Lt. Kabir tried to marry a Chakma girl forcefully, as a result this girl had to sneak out from Dighinala and took shelter in Rangamati district headquarter.   

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