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12:00 AM, November 23, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 11:46 AM, November 23, 2019

House of an indigenous family torched in Bandarban

Locals blame Myanmar’s rebel group for the arson

A group of unidentified miscreants torched a house of indigenous Chakma community in Bandarban Sadar upazila on Thursday night.

Locals claimed that the attackers were members of Mogh Liberation Party, a faction of Myanmar’s Arakan Liberation Party.

Dorash Chandra Chakma, karbari (village chief) of Natun Amtoli Chakma Para area, said, “Some 8 to 10 armed men of Mogh Party entered our para around 9:00pm and fired around eight bullets in the air.”

Hearing gunshots, Dorash said, members of seven families in the village immediately fled the scene and took shelter in the neighbouring villages.

Returning to the village along with the law enforcers in the morning, the villagers found that the house of one Ghanolal Chakma was burnt.

“Around 800 kg jhum paddy along with other valuables was completely burnt to ashes,” Supraboti Chakma, wife of Ghanolal, told The Daily Star.

Residents of the village are still fearing to return to their houses, Dorash said.

Shahidul Islam, officer-in-charge of Bandarban Sadar Police Station said, “We went to the spot, but the victims have not filed any case.”

Asked if the invaders were members of Mogh Liberation Party, the OC said they were investigating into the matter.

According to local sources, Mogh Party is very active in Rajbila and Kuhalong unions in Bandarban Sadar upazila and Rajasthali upazila in Rangamati.

Members of the same gang allegedly shot dead three indigenous villagers in Rajasthali upazila on November 18.

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