20 sued, uneasy calm prevails in Bandarban

Tapos Kanti Das and Chaithowai Marma . Khagrachari | Published: 00:15, Jul 09,2020


A case was filed on Wednesday evening against 20 attackers in connection with Tuesday’s murder of six leaders and activists of MN Larma faction of Parbatya Chattogram Janasanghati Samity near Bagmara Bazar under Rajbillai union of Sadar upazila in Bandarban.

‘PCJSS’ MN Larma faction leader Uba Mong Marma lodged the case naming 10 attackers and unidentified eight to 10 others with my police station in the evening,’ Bandarban Sadar Police Station officer-in-charge Md Shahidul Islam Chowdhury told New Age.

He, however, declined to name any of the accused for the sake of investigation.

The OC said that they were trying to arrest the accused in connection with the murders.

Villagers of Bagmara and nearby villages expressed their fear about further untoward incident and said that there was uneasy calm in the area throughout Wednesday as members of law enforcement agencies patrolled the area.

OC Shahidul said that they had strengthened security and checks at Bagmara Bazar and its surrounding areas where army personnel were also working.

He said that joint forces’ patrol was also strengthened at two adjacent unions — Rajbillai and Kuhalang.

The OC said that they primarily got information that the six PCJSS faction leaders were killed as a sequel of rivalary between two factions of the party.

He said that they were also investigation keeping other issues in mind.

Shahidul said that the locals told them that the gunmen had olive colour dress during the attack and that they were trying to knoe the attackers’ identity.

The six victims are MN Larma faction of PCJSS central vice-president Bimol Kanti Chakma, 68, advisory committee member Chingthoai Marma alias David, 56, Bandarban district unit president Ratan Tanchangya, 50, Parbatya Chattogram Juba Samity leader Pragati Chakma alias Rabindra Chakma, 50, Ripan Tripura alias Joy, 35, and Gyan Tripura alias Dipan, 32, were killed at the Bagmara residence of Ratan Tanchangya.

Leaders and activists in Chattogram Hill Tracts‑based political organisatuions said that the rivalary between MN Larma faction of PCJSS and Jyotirindriya Bodhipriya Larma alias Santu Larma began in Bandarban since March when MN Larma faction formed a 31-member district committee with Ratan Ratan Tanchangya as its president.

One of the injured in Tuesday’s incident, Bidyut Chakma told reporters that they took shelter at Ratan Tanchangya’s residence two months ago and the gunmen opened fire on them when he was cooking at about 6:45am.

MN Larma faction of PCJSS central information and publicity secretary Sudhakor Tripura blamed Santu Larma led PCJSS for the gun attack.

Santu Larma led PCJSS central assistant information and publicity secretary Sajib Chakma denied the allegation and said that the incident might have an outcome of their internal conflict.

Meanwhile, another CHT-based political party United Peoples’ Democratic Front member secretary Sachib Chakma in a statement urged both the PCJSS factions to take part in the movement to acheve people’s demands, coming out the ‘ruling class’ trap’ that always tried to keep division among the hill people.

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