The indigenous people have been living under open sky for last two weeks in Rangamati’s Langadu as their houses were torched by Bangali settlers following death of a Jubo League leader in Khagrachhari.
Some are living under the open sky and some with their relatives. And there is allegation of not getting enough relief for the affected Adivasis, reports Bangla Tribune.
Locals urged upazila administration to take immediate steps for their rehabilitation and the administration also assured them.
Langadu Union Parishad Chairman Kulin Mitra Adu told Bangla Tribune: “We did not say that we will not take the relief. Government high officials assured us. But the rain has worsened our condition. We are running out of daily essentials. We demand proper rehabilitation for the affected families. Before that there should be an arrangement for ration.”
General Secretary of Langadu Upazila Jana Sanghati Samity Moni Shankar Chakma said: “The government assured us of rehabilitation repeatedly but we have not seen any arrangement yet. The Adivasis are taking shelter in their relative’s house due to the rain.”
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“They are living miserable life. We need fast rehabilitation.” He added. “A few days back the amount of compensation announced by Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader is not sufficient. We demand appropriate amount of compensation.”
Langadu Upazila Nirbahi officer Md Tajul Islam said, “Today (17th June) a delegation from Ministry of Chittagong Hill tracts Affairs inspected the affected area. The Joint Secretary of the ministry Kamal Uddin Ahmed told us that, government will rehabilitate the homeless family soon. We hope that the step will be taken within a short time.”
On June 1, Nurul Islam Nayan, Jubo league leader of Langadu, was killed and his body was found in Charmile besides Dighinala-Khagrachhari Highway. Next day, on 2nd June, Bangali Settler brought out a procession with the body and later set fire to Adivasi villages. Over 200 houses were burnt on the day. Local administration imposed Section 144 in the area to control the situation.
Langadu police filed a case on June 3 against 300 people naming 15 people. After that, a person named Kishor Chakma filed another case against 300 more naming 98 people on June 11.
On June 9, police arrested two accused and they confessed killing Nayan. Police recovered the motorcycle owned by Nayan from Maini river in Dighinala.
In primary interrogation, the detainees, Romel Chakma and Junel chakma, told police that they killed Nayan to snatch his motorcycle. But after snatching, the duo failed to sell the motorcycle and later they threw it in to the river.