The Awami League government had an ulterior motive for the Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord and that is why it had not implemented the accord despite constant demand from the jumma people over the past twenty years, observed CHT Regional Council chairman Jyotirindra Bodhipriya Larma on Friday.
Fundamental clauses of the accord had kept unexecuted for long leaving hill people under growing insecurity, he added.
Jyotirindra Bodhipriya Larma, popularly known as Santu Larma, was addressing a commemorative meeting at Rangamati district Shilpakala Academy as the chief guest.
Rangamati district unit of Parbattya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity organised the meeting to mark the 34th anniversary of death of its founder and former MP Manabendra Narayan Larma, who was assassinated by a group of derailed members of defunct Shantibahini on November 10, 1983 with his eight followers.
Santu Larma, also president of PCJSS, alleged that the government continued its conspiracy to make the CHT an Islam dominated region. ‘The ethnic people in hills want to survive with all sorts of rights through complete execution of the accord.’
But stance of the government is against such a democratic process, said he noted.
Recalling MN Larma, Santu said there was a conspiracy from the then Bangladesh government as well as from international arena behind the assassination of his brother, the founder of PCJSS.
They killed MN Larma to destroy the PCJSS and wipe out the jumma people, said Santu.
Those who involved in national politics (Awami League and BNP) from ethnic communities, Santu termed them as opportunists, brokers of the government and reactionary force and urged all to boycott and resist them.
Presided over by PCJSS Rangamati unit president Subarna Chakma, the meeting, was also addressed, among others, by CHT Citizen Committee president Gautam Dewan, CHT Adivasi Forum convener Prakriti Ranjan Chakma, CHT Regional Council councillor Gautam Kumar Chakma, Rangamati Juba Samity secretary Arun Tripura, and Pahari Chhatra Parishad secretary Sumon Marma.
In Dhaka, academicians, civil society members and students paid their tributes to the PCJSS founder to mark his 34th death anniversary on Friday afternoon, reported New Age Dhaka University Correspondent.
National Committee for Observation of 34th Death Anniversary of MN Larma organised a commemoration meeting at the Bokultala of the Institute of Fine Arts of Dhaka University to mark the day.
Speakers at the meeting said MN Larma was not only a leader of the minority people but also a national and revolutionary leader, who fought to establish rights of all deprived people.
MN Larma fought to establish a secular and inclusive Bangladesh and was the first person to initiate a unified indigenous peoples’ movement in CHT, they added.
They also demanded immediate implementation of CHT Accord and the constitutional rights of all minority people in Bangladesh.
Rights activist Sultana Kamal said MN Larma’s speech on draft constitution in the Constituent Assembly was remarkable where he demanded rights of all deprived people.
Sanjeeb Drong, general secretary of Bangladesh Adivasi Forum, said ‘indigenous’ peoples are struggling for their rights where MN Larma was always remembered in unconscious mind for his revolutionary works.
Nari Pragati Shanga executive director Rokeya Kabir and the death anniversary observance committee convener professor Mohammad Samad also spoke.
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