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HR News No. 81/2012 [VAW-CHT] Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Our source confirms that an indigenous girl, aged 11 around, belonging to Tripura indigenous community, was raped by a police constable, namely Russel Rana (40), in an area locally known as Noy Mile [Nine Mile], in Dighinala upazila under Khagrachari hill district, yesterday.
It was learnt that the victim, a resident of Tapan Karbari Para village, was grazing cattle nearby her village, and Otol Tila Police camp at around 2 o’clock in the afternoon. Seeing her alone, the culprit forcefully took her to a nearby bush, and raped her.
After coming to know of the incident, the victim’s mother, Nittya Bala Tripura went straight to the police camp, with hope to get justice but to her surprise, the on-duty police officer, Md. Shah Alam instead of investigating the complain to punish the offender, offered Nittya Bala Tk 1 thousand to settle the incident.
Getting no justice from the local police, the victim’s mother brought the matter into the knowledge of Tapan Tripura, karbari [village head] of Noy Mile village, and of the local indigenous students’ leaders.
The locals then rushed to the police camp, and staged demonstration, demanding punishment to the culprit. Later the Officer-in charge of Dighinala police station, Shahadat Hossain Tito, visited the spot and assured the locals of proper punishment of the accused.
HR News No. 80/2012 [VAW-Plain] Monday, August 20, 2012
Reportedly, an indigenous Santal woman, namely Paulina Hnasda (28), d/o, late Bhadu Hnasda, of Sadipur village under Kaharole upazila in Dinajpur district, was found stabbed to death by unknown assailants in her very house on August 17. As of now, police is yet to arrest anyone in this connection.
It was learnt that in the night of the day of the incident, ill-fated Paulina was hacked to death in her house. The next day, after coming to know about the murder, the locals informed the police, who later recovered the dead body of the victim.
Several years ago, Paulina was got married but recently she divorced her husband, and then on, started living in her late father’s house with her only son.
HR News No. 79/2012 [L-CHT] Sunday, August 19, 2012
It is reported that on August 17, Friday last, the house of some Battya Chakma (25), s/o, Chikon Dhon Chakma, of West Manikchari village under Maiechchari union of Mohalchari upazila in Khagrachari hill district, was set ablaze by the Bengali settlers.
It was learnt that at the time of the incident, at around 3 pm, there were no one of Battya’s family in the house. Battya himself was passing some idle time in a neighbor’s house. Seeing a plume of fire coming out of his very house, he rushed to the spot only to see a group of miscreants of Bengali settlers fleeing the scene. Of the arsonists, Battya could able to identify some Md. Ashraf, a resident of neighboring Joysen Settler Para (village).
The local indigenous villagers reportedly complain that the armies are directly involved in encouraging the local Bengali settlers to grab the lands of the local indigenous peoples in Maiechchari union. Nowadays, at the instigation of the armies, the village forests of the indigenous peoples are being cleared away to plant saplings of alien species out of sheer commercial gain by the settle.