May 29, 2012

Chittagong Hill Tracts: Youth Activist Victim of Bomb Blast

The general secretary of Pahari Chhatra Parishad demands the punishment of those responsible and the implementation of the Chittagong Hill Tracts peace accord.

Below is an article published by The Daily Star:

While his classmates prepare for upcoming exams, critically injured Jibon Chakma lies on a hospital bed trying to come to terms with the fact that his right leg might be amputated from his knee to save his life.

Jibon, a victim of last week's [21-26 May 2012] bomb blast in Rangamati, was to undergo a third round of surgery yesterday which was postponed because of severe bleeding in his leg.

Earlier, physicians at Physicians National Institute of Traumatology and Orthopaedic Rehabilitation (Nitor) Hospital informed his family that the spread of infection from his severely damaged leg might threaten his life.

A third year student of Construction Technology at Bangladesh-Swedish Polytechnic Institute (BSPI), Jibon is among 14 activists of Pahari Chhatra Parishad (PCP) injured on May 20 when unidentified assailants hurled a bomb at a group of PCP activists after they attended a council meeting.

Mongsa Ching Marma, 20, later succumbed to his injuries at Chittagong Medical College Hospital last Tuesday.

Critically injured Jibon, Babu Dhan Chakma and Kamonasish Chakma were shifted to Pangu Hospital from Chittagong Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) last Monday.

Jibon's brother Robindra Chakma told The Daily Star on Saturday that the doctors had talked to the family about his brother's health situation.

“Life is more valuable than a leg,” Robindra quoted Jibon as saying when he was told of the probable amputation.

Prof Dr KH Abdul Awal Rizvi, director of Nitor - popularly known as Pangu Hospital - told The Daily Star on Saturday that Jibon had already undergone two surgeries.

“We are trying to save his leg but we may have to decide to amputate it from his knee during the surgery depending on the situation that arises.”

“It was our dream that Jibon would become an engineer. This incident has not only changed his life but all our family's aspirations too,” said Robindra, whose parents are farmers.

The conditions of Babu Dhan Chakma and Kamonasish Chakma are stable now but they have to go undergo further treatment for a long period, family members said.

Kamonasish, a classmate of Jibon, lost four toes of his left leg and had injuries caused to his hands and legs..

“We are concerned whether he will be able to sit for the coming examinations to be held within a month and a half,” his brother Deba Priyo Chakma said. “The incident has left him with severe trauma.”

Kamonashish was grief stricken when he spoke to this correspondent.

“I did not want to harm any one. I just wanted to work to uphold the human rights of my community and that is why I joined that event,” he said.

“I want a proper investigation and exemplary punishment of those responsible,” the 21-year old said.

Babu Dhan Chakma, general secretary of PCP of BSPI unit, also demanded exemplary punishment of those responsible for the heinous attack and proper implementation of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) peace accord.