Two members of the United Peoples Democratic Front (UPDF-Prashit) were killed and an army soldier was injured in an ‘exchange of fire’ between the UPDF and the army at Nannerrchar in Rangamati on Tuesday, said the Inter Service Public Relations.
The ISPR in a statement early Wednesday said that acting on a tip-off, an army patrol team conducted a drive at Burighat at Nannerchar at about 5:00pm to arrest UPDF ‘extortionists’.
Sensing the presence of the patrol team, the UPDF activists opened fire on the army team from a nearby hillock and the team fired back, killing two UPDF activists on the spot, said the ISPR.
The patrol team also ‘seized’ an AK-22 submachine gun from the spot.
Army soldier Sahabuddin was hit by a bullet in the left shoulder during the exchange of fire, the ISPR said. The injured soldier was airlifted to Chattogram Combined Military Hospital.
Legal processes were under way about the incident, said the ISPR.
The Nannerchar police officer-in-charge Sabbir Rahman said that the bodies, bearing marks of bullet injuries, were handed over to their family.
The UPDF in a statement on Wednesday protested at the killing of the two people, saying that one of them, Ashapurna Chakma Rocket, 28, was its member while the other, Sambhu Chakma, 35, was a fisherman.
The statement, signed by UPDF Rangamati district unit organiser Sachal Chakma, claimed that they were killed ‘extrajudicially’ on the pretext of a ‘gunfight’.
It claimed that they were ‘ambushed’ by an army team when Ashapurna Chakma got on the motorised boat of Sambhu Chakma to go to Putikhali.
It called for an end to ‘extrajudicial killing’ in the name of ‘gunfight’ and ‘exchange of fire’ and for creating a peaceful democratic environment in Chattogram Hill Tracts.
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