6 Chak villagers beaten and detained by army and BGB in Naikhyongchari

BGB members

Hill Voice, 2 September 2021, Bandarban: The army and Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) have detained six innocent Jum farmers of Kamchara Chak Para in Dauchhari Union of Naikhyongchari Upazila of Bandarban Hill District after inhumane beatings.

According to local sources, a group of army personnel from Alikadam Army Zone and BGB members from Naikhyongchari BGB Zone conducted a joint operation in Kamichara Chak Para of Dauchhari Union on Wednesday morning, 1 September 2021.

During the operation, the army and BGB apprehended 6 innocent Chak villagers namely Karbari (village head) Monglafo Chak (60), his son Chinglamong Chak (45) and son-in-law of Chinglamong Chak (name not known), Chingla Aung Chak (50) and his son (name not known), Lagyachu Chak (55).

After the arrest, the army and BGB members have inhumanely beaten said villagers including women by interrogating them, “Where the JSS terrorists stay”, “How much money do you pay them?” etc.

It is learnt that the 6 Jum farmers, who were arrested without any guilt, were taken to the BGB camp in Naikhyongchari and detained there. As of writing this report, they have not been released or handed over to the police.

Due to this incident, there is panic among everyone including the villagers of the area. As a result of such beatings and torture by the army and BGB members on the innocent people, the Chak villagers are afraid to stay in the village. As a result, Chak villagers are likely to be evicted from the village.

It is to be noted that due to infiltration of Rohingya people, robbery by armed miscreants, harassment and land eviction by rubber plantation companies, insecurity, violence against Chak women, etc., Longadu Chak Para, Badujhiri Chak Para and Satghajya Chakpara of Naikhyongchari Upazila have already been abondaned.

Elders of the Chak community, who did not want to be named, feared that Kamichara Chak Para, Krokshyong Chak Para and Chabokshyong Chak Para would be evicted soon as a result of yesterday’s incident of arrests, beatings, threats, torture, detention in camps, etc. by the army and BGB.