An activist of Parbatya Chattogram Jana Sanghati Samity was shot and murdered allegedly by his rivals at village Bandurtala under Longdu upazila in Rangamati early Friday.
Victim Baijja Gola Chakma alias Raja Chakma, in his forties, was son of Dhirendra Chakma of village Baradam under Langadu upazila.
He belonged to PCJSS faction led by MN Larma.
Baijja used to collect toll from local markets of the upazila on behalf of the faction and he was known as the ‘collector’ of PCJSS-MN Larma faction, according to sources in police.
The latest murder took to 27 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, according to media reports.
Langadu Police Station officer-in-charge Ranjan Kumar Samanta, quoting the locals, said Baijja slept at the house of Shantimoy Chakma of village Bandurtala on Thursday night.
He said that unidentified miscreants stormed into the house at about 4:30am on Friday and opened fire on Baijja.
The OC said the attackers fled away leaving him spot dead.
He suspected that Baijja might have been killed by his rivals over establishing supremacy in the area.
The local unit of PCJSS-MN Larma blamed the United Peoples’ Democratic Front for murdering Baijja while UPDF denied the allegation.
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