The first incident occurred in January 22 where Mr. Sanjeeb Drong was attacked by approximately 10 to 12 miscreants on January 22, 2010 while he and his wife, Ms. Mitali Chisim, were on their way home to Dhaka on a motorbike from a meeting at Ranikhnong Catholic mission area in Netrokona district. He sustained injuries on both arms from the attack and his motorbike was also damaged. His wife was reportedly unhurt in the said attack. A complaint was immediately filed at the Susong Gurgapur Police Station and one of the alleged suspects, Mr. Krishna Saha, was arrested that same day of the attack. This incident wrought fear for the safety of the victim and his family.
It is believed that this attack was organized by a ruling influential indigenous parliamentarian who sold out a piece of land in Dhaka to a certain NGO for 7.5 crore taka ($11 million) even if this land is intended for the construction of a community cultural center. Mr. Drong was one of the many who strongly opposed this land sale because the Government already gave the land to the Indigenous Peoples in the plain lands supposedly for the construction of a community cultural center.
Further, Mr. Drong has also been receiving threats over the phone prior to the attack because of the vital role he played in protesting the selling out of the land.
The second incident was that of Mr. Larma and Raja Devasish when they were on their way to Khagrachari district on a convoy to attend to two separate meetings. Their convoy was attacked by unidentified miscreants in 3 spots: the first attack happened in Betchari in Naniachar upazila and the succeeding attacks in Lemuchari and Maischari in Mahalchari upazila. The miscreants threw brickbats and indiscriminately fired on the convoy and managed to flee the scene immediately. Mr. Larma sustained minor injuries in his hands from glass splinters and his vehicle was badly damaged. His companions in the vehicle also sustained minor injuries from the glass splinters. Raja Devasish’s vehicle was also attacked but he was able to escape unscathed. Despite the shock and alarm brought about by the attacks, both Mr. Larma and Raja Devasish were still able to attend their scheduled meetings.