A Rangamati court has set April 25 for the next hearing of Kalpana Chakma abduction case.
The court of Rangamati Senior Judicial Magistrate Zahed Ahmed fixed the date on Tuesday, confirmed the plaintiff's lawyer Jewel Dewan.
Jewel said the hearing was postponed upon request from the defense attorney – making this the seventh time the scheduled hearing was postponed.
On September 7, 2016, the investigation officer of the case Rangamati Police Superintendent Syed Tariqul Hasan submitted a report to the court on the case – saying the investigators had failed to gather any further information or find Kalpana. Police, however, said that the probe could be reopened, if needed.
Later, Kalpana's elder brother Kalindi Kumar Chakma filed a no-confidence petition in November, 2016 –asking for re-investigation into the case.
The hearing has been delayed since then.
Kalpana, the then organizing 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, the then senior presidium member of Pahari Gana Parishad, who was supported by all hill peoples’ organizations active at the time.
Kalpana was a vocal critic of the government and the army.
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 a case in this regard. Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST) has been providing legal assistance in the case.
This article was first published on Bangla Tribune