South Asians for Human Rights

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On 10 August 2012 a group of land grabbers led by Md. Joynal hacked to death an indigenous Santal villager named Jambu Chonre at Boidyabati village of Ishobpur union under Dhamrai upazila in Noagaon district.

It is reported that on that day indigenous villagers opposed the land grabber Md. Joynal and his henchmen while they went to occupy the land of Rabi Hasda and his father Pagla Hasda. At that time, Md. Joynal and his henchmen attacked on indigenous villagers with stick and sharp weapon. During this attack, the land grabbers chopped Jambu Chonre indiscriminately with sharp weapon. The land grabbers also kidnapped him with serious condition. Later, police recovered him from the house of Md. Joynal and admitted him at Dhamrai upazila health complex. The doctor hurriedly referred to Bagura Shaheed Zia Medical College Hospital where the doctor declared him death.

It is learnt that the land grabber Md. Joynal and his gang have been trying to occupy 12 bighas of land belonging to Rabi Hasda and his father Pagla Hasda since 1975. At a stage, Rabi Hasda filed a case with Noagaon district court while Md. Joynal forcefully occupied the said land. Following this case, the court issued an order of status quo. Violating this status quo, Md. Joynal and his henchmen went to plant paddy on this land. The land grabbers jumped over indigenous villagers while they opposed them.

Rabi Hasda filed a murder case with Dhamrai police station (case no. 10/2012) on 10 August 2012. Police arrested two alleged persons, but main culprit Md. Joynal is yet to be arrested. Jumbu Chonre left wife and three minor sons.

JAP demands immediate arrest of culprits

On 13 August 2012 Jatiya Adivasi Parishad (JAP) organised procession at Dhamrai upazila headquarters protesting against killing of Jumbu Chonre, attack on indigenous villagers and grabbing of indigenous peoples’ land.

Presided over organising secretary of Noagaon branch of JAP Debalal Tudu, the procession was addressed by JAP president Rabindranath Soren, general secretary of Dhamrai branch of JAP Mongal Hembram, general secretary of Adivasi Juba Parishad Naren Pahan, general secretary of JAP Subin Munda, Noagaon district coordinator of BASAD Joynal Abedin Mukul et al.

JAP submitted a memorandum to the Upazula Nirbahi Officer (UNO) of Dhamrai upazila demanding to arrest culprits and provide examplary punishment to them, to provide compensation to the Jambu Chonre’s family and security of indigenous villagers, and to take drastic action against land grabbers.

Communal attack, murder, rape and violence against indigenous peoples in various parts of the country have been increasing at an alarming rate. They said that at least 19 incidents on violence against indigenous women in 2012 have been documented. Of them, 2 indigenous girls whose aged 7 and 11 years were brutally killed after rape while 10 indigenous women were raped. Besides, 2 indigenous girls were abducted. Of them, 19 incidents were committed by Bengali miscreants and 1incident by an indigenous man in plain land.

Source: Kapaeeng Foundation