Freed hill women leaders say families being threatened

Claim ‘Nabya Mukhosh Bahini’ abducted them

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:01, Apr 30,2018 | Updated: 00:03, Apr 30,2018

 
 

Youth and student organisations protesting against oppression in Chittagong Hill Tracts hold a news conference in Dhaka Reporters’ Unity on Sunday. — New Age photo

Two Hill Women’s Federation leaders, released after abduction, at a press conference in Dhaka on Sunday alleged that their families were now being threatened to be killed and evicted from their homes in Rangamati hill district by the abductors.
The two leaders – United Peoples Democratic Front-backed Hill Women’s Federation general secretary Monty Chakma and its Rangamati district unit general secretary Dayasona Chakma – held the press conference at Dhaka Reporters Unity few days after they were freed on April 19 from reported 33-day captivity in the clutch of abductors.
The press conference was arranged by Parbatya Chattagram Nipiran Birodhi Nari-Juba-Chhattra Sangathansamuha’ (CHT anti-oppression women, youth and student organisations).
Monty read out their statement detailing their sufferings, pains and what they heard and saw during their captivity.
She alleged that their abduction on March 18 morning was pre-planned and committed jointly by army-backed Nabya Mukhosh Bahini (new masked force) and a group of followers of MN Larma.
Monty said that they were released on three conditions – not to do politics, not to leave ancestral villages without permission from Nabya Mukhosh Bahini chief Tapan Jyoti Chakma and not to disclose anything about their days in captivity.
She said that they were not aware about the conditions as all these happened between Tapan and their guardians whom the abductors warned of dire consequences for violation of the conditions.
She alleged that they were abducted from a students’ dormitory at Kudukchari, near a security force’s camp, on gun-point and were forced to walk about eight kilometres through villages while Tapan and his associate Protyay Chakma hurled abusive words to them.
Monty recalled that the abductors frequently changed their location until reaching Bajechhara village on March 25.
During the captivity, she alleged, the abductors had passed by different camps and security checkpoints along with them without facing any security check.
She claimed that they were abducted for their political activities and their role in the protests against the rape of two Marma sisters and murder of college student Romel Chakma ‘in custody.’
The Inter-Services Public Relations director lieutenant colonel Alamgir Kabir said that army had no involvement in the abduction.
Addressing the press conference, Hill Women’s Federation president Nirupa Chakma demanded immediate arrest and exemplary punishment of the abductors and their masterminds, security for the families of Monty and Dayasona, justice for all the rapes, enforced disappearance, abduction and murders, withdrawal of ‘undeclared military rule’ in the hills, end of oppression in hill districts and state patronisation in crimes and establishment of people’s democratic rights. 

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