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UPDF-backed upazila chairman suspended

  • Published at 07:15 pm May 31st, 2017
  • Last updated at 03:09 pm June 1st, 2017
UPDF-backed upazila chairman suspended
The government has suspended the chairman of Khagracchari’s Lakhsmichhari upazila chairman Super Jyoti Chakma. Police pressed charges against him recently in a case filed under the Arms Act. He was arrested by the law enforcers from his official residence on January 1 this year with illegal arms in his possession, police claim. The suspension order was issued by LGRD and Cooperatives Ministry Senior Secretary Lutfun Nahar, but has not reached Khagrachhari as of yet. Lakhsmichhari UNO Zahid told the Dhaka Tribune that he had seen the order on the ministry's website Tuesday. [caption id="attachment_66336" align="alignleft" width="400"]Super Jyoti Chakma Super Jyoti Chakma[/caption] The letter says holding the post of an upazila chairman by a person charged under the Arms Act is contrary to the constitution. Super Jyoti won the 2014 elections with the support of United Peoples’ Liberation Front (UPDF), a regional political party of the indigenous peoples of the Chittagong Hill Tracts. He was arrested on January 1 and got bail on February 1. Leaders of UPDF condemned the arrest and staged demonstrations demanding his release. According to sources, Super Jyoti was arrested only days after he refused to cancel a party programme in December that coincided with a sports event of the army the same day. The army officers of Lakhsmichhari zone was enraged since no local people attended their event. The suspension order came at a time when the police and other security forces have been conducting drives in the CHT region to arrest the members of UPDF and PCP for suspected criminal activities. Romel Chakma, a PCP leader of Naniarchar in Rangamati detained by the army in April, is one of the few UPDF leaders arrested recently. He died while undergoing treatment after two weeks.