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Chakma royal palace being vandalised by tourists

The century-old palace that has resurfaced on the Kaptai Lake in Chittagong Hill Tracts is being vandalised by curious tourists.

india Updated: May 15, 2006 12:00 IST

Bangladesh's century-old royal Chakma palace that has resurfaced on the Kaptai Lake in Chittagong Hill Tracts with receding water levels is being vandalised by curious tourists and locals.

A large number of people are gathering at the site to see the historical palace while many are taking photographs and videos. And unscrupulous people are stealing from the sunken palace by night, the Daily Star newspaper reported.

Devashish Roy, the present raja of the Chakmas - the Buddhist tribals who no longer form the majority population - has demanded protection for the palace and plans to preserve it.

He has said that sentiments of 12 Buddhist tribes are involved in the palace.

Built in 1914, the palace and 54,000 acres of cultivable land went under water and around two million people lost their livelihood when a hydroelectric project along the Karnaphuli river was set up in the 1960s.