UPDF accuses rival political parties of abducting the people
Armed men have allegedly abducted 27 locals of the violence-riddled Naniarchar upazila in Rangamati district from a daily commuter route on the Kaptai Lake.
The incident reportedly took place on Sunday morning on the lake near Hatimara area under Burighat union, according to local sources.
Authorities are yet to confirm the incident, but local political party United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) has issued a statement accusing rival political parties of carrying out the abductions.
Locals told the Dhaka Tribune that armed men in boats intercepted several boats carrying commuters from Naniarchar heading to Kutukchhari Bazar, near Hatimara Mukh – Karetchhari.
They picked out one or two persons from each boat, making a total of 27 people, and left the scene.
UPDF has named 11 people as being among the abductees. They are: Chandilal Chakma, 32, Sonamoni Chakma, 38, Bauydhan Chakma, 52, Ratu Moni Chakma, 45, Shyamol Kanti Chakma, 45, Prattyomohon Chakma, 55, Suidhon Chakma, 30, Nabaratan Chakma, 45, Ladru Sen Chakma, 50, Sunil Kanti Chakma, 50, and Deb Ranjan Khisa, 50.
Naniarchar police station Officer-in-Charge Abdul Latif said he had not heard about any such incident.
A press release issued by UPDF Rangamati leader Sachal Chakma claimed the political groups UPDF (Barma) and Jana Sanghati Shamity (reformist) are responsible for this incident.
UPDF spokesperson Michael Chakma claimed the armed men in the boats were Prottoy Chakma and Ronoy Chakma of UPDF (Barma), and Progoti Chakma and Rupom Chakma of JSS (reformist).
He said the party would hold a human chain on Monday morning to protest the abductions.
Later in the day, UPDF-backed Nabya Mukhosh Bahini Protirodh Committee in a press release announced that they would hold a human chain at Naniarchar’s Ghilachhari from 11am to 12pm Monday.
It said they would also blockade the roads and waterways in the upazila on Tuesday.