Army-backed terrorists loot villager turmeric, demand Tk 10,000 as extortion in Bilaichari

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Hill Voice, 15 March 2024, Rangamati: Bangladesh Army-backed UPDF (Democratic) terrorists have allegedly robbed about 8.5 mounds of dried turmeric from a Jumma villager in Bilaichari Upazila Sadar area of Rangamati hill district. Besides, it is said that the terrorists also demanded an extortion of Tk 10,000 from him.

According to local sources, a group of UPDF (democratic) terrorists led by Sagar Chakma took away 8.50 mounds of dried turmeric from Sundarmuni Chakma (47), son of- unknown from Bilaichari Upazila Sadar Bazar Ghat on 15 March 2024, around 6 pm. In addition, demanding Tk 10,000 from the victim, they threatened to stop his trade if the extortion is not paid. The incident spread anxiety and panic among other Jumma raw material sellers.

It is known that the Sundarmuni Chakma brought the dried turmeric grown by themselves to the market for sale. The current market price of robbed goods is more than 64 thousand takas.

According to a source, with the help of local army, DGFI and local Awami League workers, these army-supported terrorists have been demanding extortion in various ways including issuing letter and holding meeting with the headman-karbari, chairman-member of Union Parishad in various areas of Bilaichari Upazila, at their base area, Jibtali of Rangamati. Those who refuse to pay extortion, the terrorists threat them in various ways including physical torture.