Tension in Chittagong hills following ethnic clashes
Last Updated: Sunday, February 21, 2010, 19:28
Dhaka: Ethnic tension mounted in Bangladesh's southeastern hills following the recovery of a second body after clashes between tribesmen and Bengali speaking settlers, amid unconfirmed claims that seven persons had died in the violence.

The body of a tribesman was recovered taking the official toll in the clashes to two, as Army troops patrolled the area to prevent further violence, officials and witnesses said.

"Army troops continued to patrol the region as the local tribesmen and Bengali speaking settlers rallied in groups with lethal weapons at a remote subdistrict of the Sajek valley in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT)," a journalist present in the said over phone.

CHT police today confirmed the death of the second tribesman but the local tribal leaders claimed seven people had died in military shootouts yesterday, and their bodies were hid in the barracks.

An official visiting the scene said angry tribesmen obstructed CHT affairs minister Dipankar Talikdar, himself a tribesman, at seven places as he went to the scene in an attempt to calm the situation.

"The tribesmen attacked the Baghaichhari nirbahi officer's (administrative chief) jeep as he was moving in the minister's convoy under heavy security escort. He narrowly escaped the attack but his vehicle was badly damaged," the official said.


First Published: Sunday, February 21, 2010, 19:28

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