'Include indigenous people in census'
Some indigenous students yesterday urged the government to include all of their communities in upcoming Population and Housing Census 2011 based on their respective parentage.
Out of the 46 indigenous communities, only 27 were included in the last census and in the coming census, over 10 lakh indigenous people would be enlisted as general population, they said.
They placed the demand at a human chain organised by Bangladesh Indigenous Students Action Forum at the base of Aparajayo Bangla of Dhaka University.
Other demands include constitutional recognition, separate land commission for plain land indigenous people and implementation of Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord 1997.
Adivashi Chhattra Sangram Parishad President Nishkriti Hagidak and Parbatta Chattragram Pahari Parishad General Secretary Bulbul Chakma also spoke.