Nov 11, 2009

Chittagong Hill Tracts: Demand to Fully Implement Accord

Active ImageThe leaders of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) and its front organisations have reiterated their demand for full implementation of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Peace Accord and withdrawal of all the remaining temporary army camps from the region.
Below is an article published by The Daily Star:

On the 26th death anniversary of PCJSS founder president Manabendra Narayan Larma (MN Larma), PCJSS organised a memorial meeting at Shilpakala Academy in Rangamati town, reports our correspondent.

Recalling the role of MN Larma, speakers said the indigenous people will always remember him for his valiant role in the struggle for establishing the rights of indigenous people in CHT.

They urged the present government to pull out all remaining temporary army camps from CHT for full implementation of CHT accord.

The PCJSS men placed floral wreaths on the temporarily built memorial of MN Larma on the premises of Shilpakala Academy.

PCJSS Rangamati district unit President Gunendu Bikash Chakma presided over the meeting.

Sajib Chakma, assistant publicity secretary of PCJSS, read out a paper recalling MN Larma's contribution to the jhummo (indigenous) people in CHT.

Earlier, hundreds of people including leaders and activists of PCJSS and Pahari Chhatra Parishad and Mohila Samity from different upazilas in the district took part in a mourning procession from Banarupa Petrol Pump to Shilpakala Academy.

Our Khagrachhari correspondent adds: Khagrachhari district unit of PCJSS yesterday organised a discussion at Larma Square in Khagrachhari Sadar upazila to recall the contribution of PCJSS founder president Manabendra Narayan Larma.

Thirteen indigenous communities in CHT got organised for their basic rights and Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord signed on December 2 in 1997 between the government and leading indigenous forum PCJSS was the outcome of the struggle launched by Manabendra Narayan Larma, speakers said at the discussion.

As a man, MN Larma was very simple, honest and friendly and his dream was to build a society free from discrimination and exploitation, they said.

Councillor of CHT Regional Council Suda Sindhu Khisha attended as chief guest at the programme presided over by district JSS Secretary Sudakor Tripura.

Manabendra Narayan Larma, also the elder brother of present PCJSS President and CHT Regional Council Chairman Jyotirindra Bodhipriya Larma alias Santu Larma, was killed on November 10 in 1983 by a group of defectors from his party.