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Justice eludes Kalpana Chakma's family for 23 years

The current whereabouts of the prime accused are unknown

Update : 10 Jun 2019, 10:03 PM

Investigation on the abduction of Kalpana Chakma, who was allegedly picked up by the members of law enforcement agencies in 1996, is still in progress—23 years since the incident took place.

So far, three reports—two final reports and one judicial inquiry commission report—have been placed before the court regarding the abduction of Kalpana.

After 23 years, there is still no word of her whereabouts, neither is there any indication of whether she is alive.

Kalpana Chakma, an indigenous and women’s rights activist and organizing secretary of the Hill Women’s Federation, was kidnapped on June 12, 1996 at the age of 23 from her village home in New Lalyaghona of Baghaichari, Rangamati.

Her abduction came at a time when she was active in exposing the plight of indigenous women who were routinely being tortured, abducted, raped, discriminated against and killed.

Kalpana’s elder brother, Kalindi Kumar Chakma—an eye witness to the abduction—filed a case a few days after the incident.

The prime accused in the case were Lieutenant Ferdous (Ferdous Kaysar Khan), Village Defence Party (VDP) member Nurul Huq and police Constable Saleh Ahmed. Their current whereabouts are unknown.

The first probe committee of the case was formed under retired justice, Abdul Jalil, and consisted of three members. Police submitted their first final report in 2010.

Kalpana Chakma was the first kidnapped woman in independent Bangladesh after journalist Selina Parvin's kidnapping in 1971.

The Hill Women's Federation will hold a roundtable discussion in Dhaka today, marking the day of abduction of their former leader.

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