Punishment for Kalpana Chakma’s abductors demanded

Staff Correspondent | Published: 01:08, Jun 14,2020


Bangladesh Adibasi Nari Network on Saturday demanded immediate and exemplary punishment for the abductors of hill rights activist Kalpana Chakma who was abducted from her house in Rangamati 24 years ago.

The Network made the demand in a statement issued by its coordinator Falguni Tripura.

‘The state is yet to ensure justice into the incident. We strongly demand bringing the security force members involved in the abduction to book and ensure proper punishment for them without killing time in the name of investigation,’ the statement read.

‘Though there is all the evidence of the heinous offence and the offenders could be identified, it is a matter of sorrow that 24 years were wasted in the name of investigation. We demand justice over the incident and proper punishment for the offenders,’ it read.

‘We think that culture of impunity cannot be continued in a democratic country,’ the statement said. 

On June 12, 1996, Kalpana, the then Hill Women’s Federation organising secretary, was abducted reportedly by three from her house at New Lalyaghona of Baghaichari in Rangamati several hours before the seventh national elections.     

Kalpana was then campaigning for independent candidate Pahari Gana Parishad senior presidium member Bijoy Ketan Chakma, who was supported by all hill peoples’ organisations. Her brother Kalindi Kumar Chakma filed the case with Baghaichari police station a few hours after the abduction.

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