Michael Chakma made latest call from Dhaka: police

Hill organisations demand his safe return

Muktadir Rashid | Published: 00:53, Apr 21,2019 | Updated: 02:41, Apr 21,2019

 
 

Activists of several organisations, including Pahari Chhatra Parishad and Shramajibi Front, hold a news conference at the National Press Club in Dhaka on Saturday in protest at reported disappearance of UPDF leader Michael Chakma. — New Age photo

The latest call location of missing United Peoples Democratic Front leader Michael Chakma’s mobile was Kachukhet in Dhaka on April 15, six days after he went missing, Sonargaon police station officer-in-charge Moniruzzaman has claimed.
According to the latest call location, the Chittagong Hill Tracts-based political party leader spoke to Revolutionary Workers Party of Bangladesh general secretary Saiful Haque from around Mamata Shopping Complex at North Kafrul of Kachukhet at about 1:08pm on April 15, Moniruzzaman told New Age on Friday.
He came up with the claim a day after Saiful made a Facebook post on April 18 demanding that the government and law enforcement agency must find out Michael.
He, however, declined to disclose whether Michael or Saiful made the call.
Moniruzzaman said that they were still investigating and analysing the detail call list of Michael.
Saiful, however, told New Age on Friday that he had not talked to Michael in more than a month.
Four hill peoples’ organisations — Democratic Youth Forum, United Workers’ Front, Pahari Chhatra Parishad and Hill Women’s Federation — on Saturday held a press conference at Topkhana Road in Dhaka demanding immediate safe return of Michael, also the United Workers’ Democratic Front general secretary.
They also called on the government to take necessary steps to stop ‘state-sponsored killings, enforced disappearance and abduction.’
They said that the law enforcers were conducting crackdown against their leaders and activists in Dhaka and Chattogram and arrested a number of activists since May 2018.
According to a missing complaint filed by Dhanakkha Chakma with Sonargaon police station on April 16, the UPDF leader of Rangamati started staying at Dhanakkha’s rented house at Kanchpur from March 27.
On April 9, Michael left the house at about 4:00pm for Dhaka and said he would return by 10:00pm, but he never returned. The four CHT-based organisations at the press conference said that Michaels’s mobile remained completely switched off from 5:00pm on April 9.
Dhanakkha said that they found Michael’s Facebook messenger named Mikel Changma active often but when he was called on April 13, the call was denied.
Michael’s friends referring to the family said that some people called the family demanded ransom for his release.

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