Mar 19, 2005

Chittagong Hill Tracts: Indigenous People of Chittagong Fears Renewed Army Attacks

Bangladesh Army goes out of barrack to raid indigenous Jumma villages to arrest PCJSS and PCP activists
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Two groups of Bangladesh Army personnel have been sent out of Barracks to Mohajanpara and Khagrapur, which are two parts of Khagrachari Hill District Headquarters, inhabited by the Jumma people of Tripura and Chakma peoples, today at 21.00 hrs.

It is reliably learnt that raids will be carried out this night by them to arrest 30/35 persons in connection of a case filed yesterday on the road blocked programme called by the PCJSS; to press the release of 17 PCJSS, PCP and CHT Youth Association’s activists arrested by the Army personnel of Sindukchari Army camp under the Guimara Artillery Brigade on last 25th May at Guimara in Khagrachari Hill District.

Still 22 PCJSS and PCP (Hill Students’ Council) leaders and workers and a few common people are in Police custody, arrested in Khagrachari town by Army and Police yesterday in connection of yesterday’s road blocked programme.

In the case filed yesterday, 30/35 persons have been included as accused without mentioning their names. It is reliably learnt that this night the PCJSS and the PCP activists will be arrested in connection of the said case and a case which was initiated by Mr. Abdul Wadud Bhuian, M.P. some four months back where Mr. Larma, PCJSS President and CHT Regional Council Chairman’s name was incorporated in the FIR as plot maker to kill MP Abdul Wadood Bhuian.

In recent months the PCJSS has been accusing the Bangladesh Government for acceleration of anti-Jumma (indigenous people of the CHT) activities through the Bangladesh Army personnel and setting up of more new Army camps in the CHT. The arrest of 17 PCJSS, PCP and the CHT Youth Association at 05.00 hrs, while asleep on last 25 May, at a house adjacent to the PCJSS office in Guimara proper and merciless torture with electric shock and piercing needles through nails, keeping them without food and drinking water proves the complete deterioration of the CHT human rights situation in the CHT.

Considering the above facts the PCJSS draws the kind attention of the civil society, human rights groups and media of Bangladesh as well the world community to help develop the CHT human rights situation and help implement the CHT Accord of 1997 for safeguarding the Jumma minorities of the CHT region in Bangladesh.


Source: NFB