Two ethnic minority Chakma community people were shot dead by unidentified gunmen near their homes at Ramsupari Para under Nannerchar in Rangamati early Friday.
The victims were identified as Akarshan Chakma, 42, son of Juddha Mohan Chakma, and Shyamal Kanti Chakma Sumanta, 30, son of Adri Peda Chakma of Ramsupari Para.
The latest murder took to 25 the number of leaders and activists of CHT-based regional political parties killed allegedly by rivals since May 3, the day when unidentified assailants shot Nannerchar Upazila Parishad chairman Shaktiman Chakma, also PCJSS-MN Larma faction vice-president, in front of his office at the upazila headquarters.
Nannerchar Police Station officer-in-charge Abdul Latif said that the killing took place around 2:00am on the border between Mahalchari under Khagrachari district and Nannerchar in Rangamati and added that the cause of murder was yet to be known. Latif claimed Akarshan and Sumanta were members of United People’s Democratic Front.
He said that they recovered the bodies but none was arrested in the incident.
Police officials said the two UPDF activists might have been killed by their rivals.
But UPDF’s press section in-charge Niron Chakma in a statement said the deceased were not their activists rather they were activists of PCJSS (MN Larma) group and had returned to ‘normal life’ leaving the party.
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