Khagrachhari Sadar police refused an attempt by the United People’s Democratic Front (UPDF) to register a case over the murder of its organizer Mithun Chakma.
Mithun was shot dead by unknown assailants in the upazila on January 3 afternoon.
“After the killers obstructed Mithun’s family from filing a lawsuit, we stepped forward to lodge a case, but local police refused to take it,” Micheal Chakma, a UPDF leader, said at a press conference organized by the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT)-based political group in Khagrachhari on Monday.
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UPDF said that by filing a case on their own after refusing to take any lawsuits from anybody outside the deceased’s family, police have proved their backing for Mithun’s killers.
Khagrachhari Sadar police station’s Sub-Inspector AKM Mizanur Rahman filed the murder case four days after the murder on Saturday night, against eight unidentified persons.
“Police themselves filed a case regarding Mithun Chakma’s murder, which proves that they are patronising the murderers,” Micheal added.
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During the media briefing, UPDF central leader Natun Kumar Chakma demanded the immediate arrest of the perpetrators and read out the platform’s upcoming programmes protesting the killing.
The UPDF announced a seven-point programme and condemned the incident of the administration imposing restrictions on Mithun Chakma’s funeral.