Rangamati ‘Gunfight’: 2 cases filed, families get bodies

Bangladesh Army along with Border Guard Bangladesh has reinforced their drive against ‘terrorists’ in remote hills in Khagrachari and Rangamati following a ‘gunfight’ that killed five ethnic minority people on Saturday, officials said. ‘We also remain alert following Saturday’s incident and it’s a kind of regular operation but now reinforced,’ said a senior official involved

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Five hill people killed in ‘gunfight’ with Army

At least five ethnic minority people were killed in a ‘gunfight’ with army personnel at a remote village of Baghaichari upazila in Rangamati hill district on Saturday morning.
The deceased – Rupayan Chakma, 24, Jackson Chakma, 26, Kathumoni Chakma, 26, Kanti Marma, 28, and Babul Chakma, 20, – were in combat uniform, the

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School dropout rate higher in three hill districts: Study

Due to linguistic barriers and improper academic curriculum, school students of the three hill districts are being deprived of quality education, which causes high dropout rate in the region compared to the national level dropout, a study has revealed.
While the average dropout rate is around 30 percent at primary schools at national

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Down with the hills!

Probir Kumar Sarker
Though Bangladesh is prominently a plain land, its Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Rangamati, Khagrachhari, Bandarban and Sylhet have hilly areas with forests and rich biodiversity. These areas are full of natural resources fulfilling needs of the people and other living species.
But at present, the destruction of hills in every area has become so alarming that many concerned people have been upbeat against the greedy grabbers who are out to convert these hilly areas into plain lands to set up industries and

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Elephants vs people

Kurkuttipara offers a classic case of human-animal conflict.
In this remote place beyond Barkal of Rangamati, villagers cannot hate anything more than the herd of nine elephants.
Even the mind boggling beauty of the place, surrounded by rippling crystal blue waters of Kaptai Lake, could not hide the deep-seated anger and enmity of the conflicting parties.
It highlights how a lack of initiative by the forest department can lead

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Unity in diversity

Indigenous Cultural Festival in Rangamati
At the inaugural function of the three-day 11th Chittagong Hill Tracts Indigenous Cultural Festival, chief guest Chakma Raja Devasish Roy said that the 11 ethnic communities living in the hill tracts have distinct cultures and languages. The opulent traditions of the indigenous people have enriched the national culture. So, they must be conserved and the government should take initiatives on this front, he added

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Green desert in the hills

Inam Ahmed
All around us is a green desert. What was supposed to be reserved and forest is now just denuded hills. Welcome to Kasalong Reserve Forest.
As our Chander Gari — a Second World War Willy’s Jeep fitted with a Mitsubishi engine — rolls on the topsy-turvy narrow herringbone road, tossing madly from one side to another and groaning to negotiate the stiff inclines, a horrible scene unfolds before us.
As far as the eyes go, the trees are all gone. Monsoon-fed lush green grass and bush now cover the hills all the way from

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Gunmen kill 3 in Kaptai

PCJSS blames UPDF
Gunmen killed two villagers and an activist of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samiti, a regional political party in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, in Kaptai of Rangamati on Friday.
The PCJSS claimed that all three deceased were its supporters and blamed its rival United People’s Democratic Front for the killings but the UPDF denied the

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Teenage girl abducted, gang raped

Three miscreants allegedly abducted a 16-year-old ethnic minority girl from Rangamati hill district headquarters on Thursday, repeatedly raped her for 14 hours, before returning her home on Friday morning.
The victim filed a case of abduction and gang rape with the Kotowali police station of Rangamati at 9pm on Friday. She named Md Manik, son of Md Khalilur Rahman of Parzatan Sarak, and Md Selim,

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Rangamati gunfights kill 4

At least three were killed and a score others were injured in a gunfight between supporters of two hill political parties in remote forests of Jurachari in Rangamati early Friday. Another hill man went missing.
Another was killed at Gabachhara of Kaptai by unnamed armed people and a schoolboy was injured with bullet in Khagrachari

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