A leader of the United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) has been gunned down in Khagrachhari.
The victim of the Saturday morning shooting has been identified as Dilip Kumar Chakma alias Binoy, 42, a native of Munipur village of Panchhari upazila.
He was involved in organizational activities in Rangapani area of the region.
“Binoy was ambushed and shot dead by a gang belonging to the newly-formed party UPDF-Democratic near the Harinath neighbourhood of the town around 8am,” UPDF spokesperson Niron Chakma told the Dhaka Tribune.
The UPDF-Democratic has rejected the allegation. Its Member Secretary Joleya Chakma suggested that the murder could be the result of an internal UPDF conflict.
Between 1998 and 2018, a total of 278 UPDF leaders and activists have been murdered while more than 1,200 have been wounded in attacks, said the party's organizer Michael Chakma.
The UPDF, which seeks full autonomy of the region, was formed on December 26, 1998, a year after the signing of the Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord which ended decades of bloody bush war.
On the other hand, the UPDF-Democratic, a breakaway faction, came into existence on November 15, 2017.
The peace accord was signed between the government and the Parbatya Chattagram Jana-Samhati Samiti (PCJSS), led by former guerrilla leader Santu Larma.
The UPDF and the JSS have been trading blames for the murders and attacks on their supporters over the years. But the UPDF has been blaming the recent killings on the UPDF-Democratic.