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Mastermind of Naniarchar Upazila chairman murder arrested in Dhaka

  • Published at 09:57 pm February 24th, 2019
File photo of Shaktimaan Chakma, Rangamati’s Naniarchar Upazila Chairman, who was shot dead by a group of assailants on Thursday; May 3, 2018 Dhaka Tribune

The arrested is Ananda Prakash Chakma, a leader of the United People's Democratic Front (UPDF)

The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested a UPDF leader from the city's Sher-e-Banglanagar area on Sunday, in connection with the murder of Rangamati district, Naniarchar Upazila Parishad Chairman, Shaktiman Chakma.

The arrested is Ananda Prakash Chakma, a leader of the United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) . He is also wanted in six murder cases.

Acting on a tip off, a Rab-2 team launched a drive in the area around 3:30pm and arrested Ananda from his daughter’s house in the Sher-e-Banglanagar area where he had been hiding, said Rab-2 Company Commander, Major Mohammad Ali.

Ananda Prakash Chakma is the central office secretary of the Prasit Khisha-led UPDF. According to the Parbatya Chattogram Janasanghati Samity (JSS) and the United Peoples Democratic Front reformist faction, he had carried out the murders under orders from the organisation.

Prasit Bikash Khisha formed the UPDF after splitting off from the JSS in 1997 to protest the peace accord Shantu Larma signed with the government.  Another faction of the JSS split off nearly a decade ago under the leadership of Shudha Shindu Khisha, and came to be known as the JSS (MN Larma).

Naniarchar Upazila Parishad Chairman, Advocate Shaktiman Chakma, was the vice president of the JSS (MN Larma) central committee.

Tapan Jyoti Chakma Barma had split off from the UPDF to form the UPDF (Democratic) faction two years ago. The UPDF (Democratic) and JSS (MN Larma) factions had become friendly in an attempt to maintain control over the Naniarchar area.

However, armed clashes broke out between the various CHT factions last year.

On May 3, Shaktiman Chakma was shot down on his way to an Upazila Parishad meeting. The next day, five of his mourners, including Tapan Jyoti Chakma Barma, were gunned down on the way to his funeral.

According to RAB official Mohammad Ali, Ananda Prakash Chakma is a mastermind in the cases over the six murders.