A half-day blockade was observed in Rangamati Monday in protest against Friday’s arson attacks on houses belonging to the indigenous community in Langadu upazila.
Regional political party United People's Democratic Front enforced the road and waterways blockade from 5am till noon, cutting off communication of Rangamati with other districts.
Policemen patrolled the streets to avoid any untoward incident.
Bangali settlers, blaming the indigenous people for the death of a for-hire Bangali motorcycle driver in Khagrachhari, set fire to houses and shops of the Adivasi people in Langadu, killing a 75-year-old woman in the arson attack.
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Pictures showing the plight of hundreds of adivasis, fleeing their homes to save themselves, circulated on social media, triggering a massive outrage.
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Two days after the attack, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal promised to bring the perpetrators to book.
“A case has been registered against 300 unnamed people while 12 suspects have already been arrested,” he said Sunday, stressing that nobody involved with the arson would be spared.
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