Regional parties suspected behind Baghaichari attack: CEC

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Mar 22,2019 | Updated: 00:35, Mar 22,2019

 
 

Chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda, on Thursday, said that the regional political parties in Chittagong Hill Tracts might be involved in Monday’s gun attack on a motorcade carrying election officials that left seven dead and twenty-four others wounded.
‘The commission has not yet confirmed who were behind the attack. But the group which participated the polls and regional parties might carry out the attack,’ he said while addressing a press conference at Election Commission media centre.
Parbatta Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samiti-backed Baghaichari upazila chairman candidate Bararishi Chakma, vice-chairman candidate Samiran Chakma and vice-chairman for reserved woman seat Sumita Chakma participated the election halfway, alleging that PCJSS (MN Larma)-backed candidate Sudarshan Chakma stuffed ballots on the previous night with the support from the ruling Awami League.
The attack was carried out at Noimile in Baghaichari of Rangamati on the Sajek-Khagrachari road. The area is dominated by another regional influential political party — United People’s Democratic Front.
‘Politics of plain land and politics of the hill districts are not the same. At least three regional groups are active in the hill district,’ he said.
The CEC said that the ambush carried out by the miscreants was pre-planned. It was difficult for the law enforcers to retaliate with a counter attack at that time on the narrow hilly road, he added.
He further said that the commission decided to give Tk 5.5 lakh to every family of the dead officials and employees, whereas a necessary amount would be given to each of the wounded.
The CEC, however, said that the commission did not find negligence on the part of any force or officials relating to the incident.
He said that the joint forces continued raiding places in Rangamati to recover illegal arms and arrest people involved in the gun attack.
Replying to a question, the CEC said that the Rohingya camps would remain sealed off during the third phase of the upazila parishad elections slated for March 24.

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