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Speakers: State must find Michael Chakma

  • Published at 12:54 am August 4th, 2019
Michael Chakma-Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune
Protesters rally at National Press Club in Dhaka’s Segunbagicha on Saturday, August 3, 2019 Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune

'They claimed that it is not possible to make someone disappear without “the help of security forces and state agencies'

Speakers at a protest rally on Saturday, urged the state to find Michael Chakma, a top leader of the United People’s Democratic Front (UPDF), who has been missing since April 9.

They claimed that it is not possible to make someone disappear without “the help of security forces and state agencies.”

It is the responsibility of the state to find Michael Chakma, they demanded at a protest rally under the banner of “National Committee against Fascism and Imperialism” at the National Press Club in Dhaka’s Segunbagicha on Saturday.

The speakers believe Michael was abducted as part of “a state-sponsored conspiracy to destroy the legitimate movement of the oppressed people of the Chittagong Hill Tracts and workers.”

“The government cannot avoid the responsibility [of finding Michael] and will be held accountable if anything happens to Michael,” said Jatiya Mukti Council General Secretary Fayzul Hakim Lala.

Chittagong Hill Tracts-based UPDF organizer Michael Chakma, also central general secretary of the United Workers’ Democratic Front (UWDF), went missing on April 9 when he left for the capital after some organizational work in Narayanganj’s Kanchpur.

Speakers claimed that Michael was picked up as part of a state plan to destroy the equitable movement of the oppressed working people in Chittagong Hill Tracts, and the country. 

The government evades the responsibility of the incident, the speakers continued.

They also alleged that the government has suppressed the justified movement of the UPDF through various means including illegal arrests, disappearance, and murder in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, using the law enforcement agencies.

On May 21, the High Court ordered the home secretary to submit a report detailing Michael’s whereabouts, and updates on his rescue mission within five weeks.  

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