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Hearing in Kalpana Chakma case resumes Wednesday

  • Published at 02:15 pm March 21st, 2017
  • Last updated at 08:27 pm March 21st, 2017
Hearing in Kalpana Chakma case resumes Wednesday
A Rangamati court is set to hold further hearing Wednesday on a no-confidence petition filed challenging the police’s final report seeking closure of the Kalpana Chakma abduction case. Police on September 27 last year urged the court to end the case saying the investigators had failed to gather any further information or find Kalpana, an indigenous rights activist. They, however, said that the probe could be reopened, if needed. Kalpana’s brother filed the no-confidence petition in November last year. The court may also hear another petition lodged by rights group Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST) on behalf of her brothers seeking a judicial enquiry into the case filed in 1996.
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A total of 39 officers investigated the sensational case in the last 20 years. Kalpana, then organising secretary of Hill Women's Federation, was abducted from her village home at New Lalyaghona in Baghaichhari of Rangamati, just hours before the seventh national elections on 12 June, 1996. She had been campaigning for Bijay Ketan Chakma, then senior Presidium member of Pahari Gana Parishad, supported by all hill peoples’ organisations active at that time. Her brother Kalindi Kumar Chakma, also an eye witness of the abduction, alleged that Lt Ferdous along with the help of Nurul Haque and Salah Ahmed, members of Village Defence Police (VDP), had abducted Kalpana. Later, Kalindi filed the case. BLAST has been providing legal assistance in the case.