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Thursday, August 08, 2013

Update Tendyong 5: Jumma refugees submit memo to PM on the Tendyong issue

A 10-member delegation of the CHT Jumma Refugee Welfare Association submitted a 9-point memo to the Prime Minister on the recent Tendyong communal attack. The delegation handed over the memo to the Deputy Commissioner, Khagarachari Hill District at his official residence at 12 noon today.The delegation was led by Ajit Baran Chakma and Santoshita Chakma Bakul, vice president and General Secretary of the association respectively.

The memo includes the demand of the implementation of the CHT Accprd of 1997, withdrawal of the operation uttoron (military rule) from the CHT, rehabilitation of the Bengali Muslims settlers outside CHT with full dignity, transfer of local police to the Hill District Councils and maintain two-third Jumma police in all CHT police stations.

According to Santoshita Chakma Bakul, 588 Chakma and Tripura families of Tendyong have been victims of the Tendyong communal attack conducted by Bengali Muslim settlers on 3rd instant. Of them 396 families crossed Indian border and the rest 192 families took shelter in nearby Panchari Upazila. Out of 588 families 170 are Tripura and the rest 418 families are Chakma.

Most of the Tendyong victims are India repatriated Jummas and 4 were in today's 10-member delegation. The repatriation took place after a formal agreement between the GoB and the Jumma refugee association. It was done after an Indo-Bangla understanding. Total number of Jumma refugees are 12,223 with 66,611 heads. As of now, in last 16 years, the GoB could not return 7 temples of Tripura Hindus and Buddhists, 40 dispossessed Jumma villages, 7 schools and Krishi Bank loan amounting about 700,000 taka only.

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