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An 11-year old indigenous girl raped in Khagrachari and two indigenous women killed in Dinajpur and Khagrachari district

An 11-year indigenous Tripura girl raped by a policeman in Dighinala

On 21 August 2012 an 11-year old indigenous Tripura girl was raped by a policeman at Ataltila Noymile area of Merung union under Dighinala upazila in Khagrachari district while she was grazing cows near Ataltila police camp.

It is learnt that on that day at around 2.30 pm the victim along with her 8-year old sister from Tapan Karbari Para of Noymile undetr Merung union went out for grazing cows near Ataltila police camp at Noymile area. Keeping her sister at a place, the victim went to another area near police camp to collect vegetables. Finding her alone, Md. Rasel Rana, a constable of Ataltila police camp grabbed and raped her. The policeman struck her on the right hand and right leg with a stick before raping her.

Soon after returning home, the victim informed her mother Nitya Bala Tripura about the incident, who went to the police camp taking the victim with her and put objection to Md. Shaha Alam, the on-duty police officer of the Ataltila camp. However, Md. Shaha Alam proposed to victim's mother to compromise the incident by giving her Taka 1000 ($ 12). Failing to get justice, Nityo Bala Tripura informed Tapan Tripura, the Karbari (head) of Noymile village and Tripura Students' Forum leaders about the incident.

At a stage, the indigenous villagers gathered at the police camp and demanded to arrest the alleged policeman. Due to tremendous pressure from the local people, Shah Alam was compelled to close alleged culprit Md. Rasel Rana. But local people demanded arrest of alleged policeman. Nitya Bala Tripura filed a rape case (no. 3, date 21 August 2012) under section 9(1) of Women and Child Repression (Prevention) Act 2000 in the night on that day with Dighinala police station.

An indigenous Santal woman stabbed to death in Dinajpur

On 17 August 2012 an indigenous Santal widow named Paulina Hasda (28) was stabbed to death at her house of Sadipur village under Kaharol upazila in Dinajpur district.

It is learnt that on that day at the night Paulina Hasda was stabbed to death by unknown persons. Knowing this incident in the morning on next day, the villagers informed police. Later police recovered dead body of Paulina Hasda from her house. Paulina Hasda along with only son was staying at her father's house as her husband divorced her few years back. A police was registered in connection with this killing at Kaharol police station.

It is also reported that Paulina Hasda was brewing wine at her house and some local Bengalis used to go there regularly to drink locally-made wine. Indigenous villagers suspected that Paulina Hasda might be killed by such people.

Jatiya Adivasi Parishad protested against this murder and demanded proper inquiry of this incident and arrest of the culprits soon.

An indigenous old women killed in Matiranga

On 22 August 2012 an 85-year old indigenous Phul Kumari Tripura w/o Kamala Kumar Tripura of Sudhina Ranjan Headman Para of Taindong mouza under Matiranga upazila in Khagrachari district.

It is learnt that Phul Kumari Tripura went out for fishing at near stream. As she was being late, relatives of the victim searched for her and found her lying dead from the stream near Sudhina Ranjan Headman Para which is closed to Bengali settlers' locality. Local Jumma villagers believe that she might have been killed by Bengali settlers. Deep cut marks were found on her body.

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