Bangalee settlers vandalised and set fire to houses, shops and a Buddhist temple of the indigenous people in Naniarchar upazila of Rangamati this morning.
According to officials, the settlers carried out the attack after leveling allegations of damaging pineapple seedlings against the indigenous people, reports a correspondent from Rangamati.
Mostafa Kamal, deputy commissioner of Rangamati, said some 4 lakh pineapple seedlings of the settlers were damaged in the incident.
“Seven shops, 10-12 houses and some jum houses of the ethnic people were set on fire,” the official said adding that a number of 43 people were affected in the incident.
However, the indigenous people claimed that the attackers torched over 50 houses in three villages – Suridapara, Camppara and Amtola.
Victim ethnic people said around 8:30 in the morning some 500 people from nearby Bogachhari village riding vehicles locally known Chandergari and on foot entered the villages and carried out the arson attack and ransacked the houses.
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