KALPANA CHAKMA ABDUCTION

Rights activists demand high-level inquiry

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:35, Jun 12,2018 | Updated: 00:38, Jun 12,2018

 
 

People opposing repression stage a demonstration at Shahbagh in Dhaka on Monday in protest at the reported abduction of Kalpana Chakma 22 years ago. — New Age photo

Rights activists on Monday demanded unearthing a high-level inquiry into the abduction and disappearance of Hill Women’s Federation leader Kalapna Chakma.
At a discussion marking 22 years of the abduction of Kalpana Chakma, the then Hill Women’s Federation organising secretary, also demanded that the latest investigation report submitted to the court by Rangamati superintendent of police in September 2016 be made public.
Hill Women’s Federation and Bangladesh Adibashi Nari Network jointly organised the discussion at Sufia Kamal Auditorium of National Museum.
Federation vice president Chandra Tripura in her keynote speech said that on June 12, 1996, Kalpana was abducted by Lieutenant Ferdous Kaisar Khan and VDP members Nurul Huq and Saleh Ahmed from her house at New Lalyaghona of Baghaichari in Rangamati. Elder brothers of Kalpana witnessed the abduction.
She demanded a high-level inquiry into the abduction of Kalpana Chakma.
‘We are living in strange feelings. We are recalling a person who disappeared 22 years back. News about the person’s whereabouts confuses us. None can say the fate of the person,’ said human rights activist Sultana Kamal.
‘None from state can say what happened to Kalpana,’ said Sultana, also Chittagong Hill Tracts Commission member.
‘Rather some people are talking about false information about Kalpana Chakma’s disappearance,’ she added.
Another CHT commission member Khushi Kabir demanded that the report the police submitted to the court be made public. She alleged that the state were providing ‘hilarious’ information about Kalpana Chakma abduction.
She also demanded that the perpetrators of Kalpana Chakma abduction be brought to justice so that no other Kalpana needed to face such crime.
If the abductors of Kalpna go unpunished, such crimes would increase in the society, said Bangladesh Mahila Parishad joint general secretary Rakhi Das Purkayastha.
She expressed fear about lingering of court hearing on the petition filed by Kalpana’s brother, also the plaintiff of the case, expressing no confidence in the latest police probe report.
Bangladesh Adibashi Forum general secretary Sanjeeb Drong said that it was sheer failure of the state that it could not find out Kalpana Chakma in 22 years.
Information and publicity secretary of the forum Dipayan Khisha and journalist Biplab Rahman also spoke at the discussion chaired by Bangladesh Adibashi Nari Network member-secretary Chanchona Chakma.
Kalpana was abducted several hours before the seventh national elections. She was campaigning for independent candidate Bijoy Ketan Chakma, the then senior presidium member of Pahari Gana Parishad, who was supported by all hill peoples’ organisations.
Kalpana’s elder brother Kalindi Kumar Chakma filed the case with Baghaichari police station a few hours after the abduction.
The investigation that continued for 22 years saw 39 officers investigating the case in phases.

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