Rangamati (AsiaNews) – Thousands of tribal people, mostly Buddhist, fled their homes after they were torched by angry Muslim mobs following the death of Nurul Islam Noyon, a local Jubo League leader. The Jubo League is the youth organisation of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s ruling Awami League.
It is still unclear how Noyon died, but his body was found near the Khagrachhari Sadar-Dighinala Road. Bengali settlers living in the area blamed his death on indigenous people, who reject the accusation.
“The attack is an act of sectarian violence against tribal people,” indigenous groups say. “They attack us because we are weak.” Various advocacy groups, like AIN or Salish Kendra, slammed the attack, calling on the authorities to arrest and punish the perpetrators.
The fire destroyed about 80 buildings, both residential and commercial, in Langadu, Rangamati district (south-eastern Bangladesh). However, people who fled the area say that at least 300 buildings were destroyed.
The victims …