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Prof Rahnuma questions govt stand on Michael Chakma disappearance

  • Published at 10:09 pm April 28th, 2019
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Jatiyo Mukti Council organize a human chain demanding answers about Michael Chakma’s whereabouts in front of the National Press Club in Dhaka on Sunday, April 28, 2019 Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune

Michael’s family alleged that he went missing from Narayanganj on April 9 and is still traceless

The legitimacy of government's stand became questionable due to the alleged involvement of security forces in the disappearance of Michael Chakma, says eminent writer and columnist Prof Rahnuma Ahmed.

She made the comment on Sunday, while speaking at a human chain organized in front of the National Press Club in Dhaka, by Jatiyo Mukti Council. Members from different human rights groups gathered there, demanding answers about United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) leader Michael’s whereabouts.

“When a country’s [security] forces are involved in disappearance, murder, and abduction, then the government’s legitimacy itself becomes questionable,” Rahnuma said.

Michael’s family alleged that he went missing from Narayanganj on April 9 and is still traceless.

Rahnuma further said: “When law enforcement agencies stonewall an investigation, it raises doubts. They are not helping, which in itself is a crime." 

She claimed that abduction and enforced disappearances has now become an "epidemic" in the country.

Following Michael's disappearance, a case was filed with Narayanganj police station, but the investigation led to nowhere.

Speaking at the human chain, Fazlul Hakim, secretary of Jatiyo Mukti Council, said: “He [Michael] fought for the rights of hill people, the indigenous tribes and against fundamentalism. It is unacceptable that he can't be found anywhere.”

Fazlul called for rooting out “enforced disappearance” from our political culture and urged that Michael be quickly returned to his family.

Poet Hasan Fakri sought Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's intervention in the matter.

UPDF leader Michael Chakma is also the general secretary of United Workers’ Democratic Front (UWDF).

Among others, members of the National Committee Against Fascism and Imperialism, Bangladesh Chhatra Federation, Hill Women’s Federation, Pahari Chhatra Parishad (PCP), and other human rights organizations, were also present at the event.