On Monday, three UPDF activists were killed in a ‘gunfight’ with army personnel during a raid in Khagrachhari
Leaders and activists of several Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) based student organizations staged a demonstration in Dhaka, protesting the killing of three activists of a fraction of United People’s Democratic Front (UPDF).
CHT-based Democratic Youth Forum, United Workers’ Front, Pahari Chhatra Parishad and Hill Women’s Federation, among others, joined the protest under the banner ‘Greater Chittagong Hill Tracts Hill Student’s Council (PCP)’ in front of Raju Memorial Sculpture on the Dhaka University campus on Tuesday.
On Monday, three UPDF activists were killed in a ‘gunfight’ with army personnel during a raid in Khagrachhari.
While addressing the rally, Sunoyon Chakma, central general secretary of Pahari Chhatra Parishad, said: “The crisis of hill tracts area is political and those who want to crack the problems by killing in the name of gunfight, enforced disappearance and oppressions are making mistakes.”
Hill Women’s Federation president Nirupa Chakma alleged that army personnel killed the UPDF activists in the name of gunfight labeling them as notorious terrorists adding that: “Those people who protest against repression and oppression also embraces the same fate.”
They also claimed that: “deceased Nabin, Bhujendra and Ruchil were earlier ‘arrested’ by the security forces from Sumon Chakma’s house in the Kripapur area under the Dighinala upazila on early Monday and later killed.”
Demanding justice for those who were killed, they also demanded the government to ensure democratic environment across the hill tracts area so that people could exercise their political rights as well as withdrawal of the army and bring them to book, said a press release signed by PCP Office Secretary Ronel Chakma.
A press release issued by the Inter Services Public Relation (ISPR) directorate on Monday said that three miscreants of the UPDF (Prasit faction) were killed in the gunfight, adding that it could be guessed that other miscreants were injured during the gunfight.
It said that the army personnel seized two pistols, one foreign-made M- 4 automatic carbine and 12 bullets from the spot.
The incident took place only three days after another UPDF activist Sumon Chakma was killed in a ‘gunfight’ with an army patrol team in the Baghaihat Ujubazar area under the Baghaichhari upazila in Rangamati on August 23 morning.
The deceased were Bhujendra Chakma, 50, of Indramunipara village, Nabin Jyoti Chakma, 38, of Merung Betchhari, and Ruchil Chakma alias Rasel, 26, of Hachinsonpur village in Khagrachhari, according to police officials.