4 kidnapped and some beaten up by army-backed Reformist group

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Hill Voice, 01 April 2020, Chittagong Hill Tracts:  With a mean view to flow the CHT situation to different course, the quarters of the ruling party, has kept its ill design unpaused by providing support and assistance to the Reformist group and ALP armed terrorists using them against the PCJSS and by them, being carried out killings, terrorization, extortion and kidnapping in various places in CHT. As a part of the modus operandi, in March 2020, the Reformist terrorists kidnapped 4 persons including 1 student and extracted ransom, searched several houses, vandalized the household articles and beat up some of the villagers.

At around 11:30 PM on 1 March, a reformist terrorist group led by Porandhan Chakma surrounded the house of Priya Chakma (60) son of Dayalal Chakma of Godapara under Moghban Union of Rangamati Sadar Upazila. As finding nobody inside the house, they rampaged the household articles and went away.

On 2 March, a group of Reformist armed terrorists led by Amar Dhan Chakma alias Ronel and Palash Chakma kidnapped one

Rajib Kanti Chakma (31), an inhabitant of Digholchari village of Aimachara Union under Barkal Upazila of Rangamati Hill District, from Harikkhyong Mukh near Subalong Bazaar. He was released later in lieu of ransom.

On 10 March, the armed Reformist terrorists kidnapped one HSC standard candidate named Arpon Chakma at gun point from Jamtali Bridge of Dighinala Upazila under Khagrachari hill district. Later, the terrorists released the victim following settlement of BDT 6 lac in ransom through negotiation of close relatives on 14 March. Along with, the army-backed terrorists also had snatched away BDT 65 thousand lying with Arpon Chakma.

Towards the evening on 12 March, an innocent villager named Mangal Kumar Chakma (50) son of Nalini Ranjan Chakma was kidnapped by the Reformist terrorists from Munigram area of Bhaibonchara Union under Khagrachari Sadar Upazila of Khagrachari hill district. It was learnt that Mangal Kumar Chakma was kidnapped by the Reformist terrorists led by Dipon Alo Chakma from the adjacent village, Dewan Para. The area inhabitants are to say that the Reformist terrorists, since long, have been conducting the terrorist activities of kidnapping people and extracting ransom, extortion and various other misdeeds under the sky while still staying in Dewan Para. But instead of stepping measures against, on contrary, the administration provides assistance to the Reformist terrorists. Consequently, the inhabitants are under compulsion to pass their days amid lack of security.

In the morning of 14 March, a group of Reformist terrorists riding on motorbike started from Bangalhalia of Rajasthali Upazila under Rangamati hill district attacked the Kangarachari village and beat the people irrespectively. The terrorists reportedly snatched away 4/5 cell phones from the villagers while leaving the village.

On 19 March at noon, Babuchara Natun Bazar under Dighinala Upazila in Khagrachari district was surrounded by a group of reformist faction at gun point. Shortly before that, a group of army patrolled the north side of the Babuchara Natun Bazar. At this time, the reformist terrorists ordered some Jumma families to leave the Babuchara area and move to the neighboring country. Since then, they started to collect money forcefully from people of each village of the area.

Around 10:00 PM on 20 March 2020, one Kalaiya Chakma (29) son of Kamdeb Chakma of Boalchari village under Bandukbhanga Union of Rangamati Sadar Upazila was kidnapped.

On the evening of 27 March, reformist group opened blank fire at the place of Mandir Mura on the west side of Maine and Babuchara old bazar with a view reportedly to creating panic. It has been reported that the armed members of the Reformist faction are staying in the house of a settler named Md. Malek in the settler village adjacent to the Babuchara Bazar.

Source: PCJSS Monthly Report (March 2020) on Human Rights Violation Situation in CHT

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