None arrested in 2 days, uneasy calm still prevails

Chaithowai Marma . Khagrachhari | Published: 02:02, Jul 10,2020


None was arrested in two days in connection to 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.

Besides, an uneasy calm prevailed in the area as the Bagmara Bazar remained closed since the incident and the people who left their homes in fear did not come back, locals said.

Police said that they handed over the bodies of the deceased to their families on Wednesday night after their post-mortem examination at Bandarban Sadar Hospital and they were cremated at their respective villages in Bandarban and Khagrachari at the same night.

Bandarban Sadar police station officer-in-charge Md Shahidul Islam said that MN Larma faction of PCJSS leader Uba Mong Marma lodged a case against 20 people, including 10 leaders and activists of Santu Larma led PCJSS on Wednesday evening.

He declined to name any of them and said that they could not arrest anyone until Thursday.

The OC said that they wewre making effort to arrest the accused.

Villagers of Bagmara and nearby villages expressed their fear about further possible untoward incidents and said that there was an 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.

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

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.

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