The National Human Rights Commission on Wednesday expressed concern over a recent rise in murders and kidnappings in the Chittagong Hill Tracts.
The NHRC said in a statement that the human rights situation would deteriorate in the area if the current trends persist.
‘I call on everyone concerned to ensure that the perpetrators of the murders and kidnappings be brought to justice,’ said NHRC chairman Kazi Reazul Hoque.
He said that the administration needed to strengthen its efforts to maintain peace and harmony in the area.
In the statement he particularly referred to a newspaper report about the murder of Surja Bikash Chakma that took place in Khagrachhari on Tuesday.
He also referred to abductions of UPDF leaders Monty Chakma and Doyasona Chakma from Rangamati on March 18.
Monty is general secretary of Hill Women’s federation while Doyasona is its central committee member.
Our Khagrachhari correspondent reported on Wednesday locals in Matiranga found the body of a middle-aged man dumped in a forest.
The deceased has been identified as Natun Kumar Tripura, 45, a resident of Hatimura village under Gomti union.
Locals said Natun had been missing for the last two days.
Matiranga police station’s officer-in-charge Zakir Hossain said that the motive behind the murder could not be known immediately.
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