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Suspect held in Bandarban for Baghaichhari attack

  • Published at 11:29 pm April 13th, 2019
Victims are taken to Baghaichhari Sadar Hospital by Bangladesh Army and Border Guard Bangladesh with the help of locals after a group of unidentified armed men carried out the attack on the main road in Baghaichhari upazila’s Noymile area on Monday, March 18, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

A joint force team detained him in a drive in Bandarban around 9pm on Friday

A joint force has detained a suspect, wanted in connection with eight murders during the recently held upazila parishad elections in Baghaichhari of Rangamati.

The suspect, Ranjit Chakma, 35, was held from Bandarban district.

Confirming the matter to the Dhaka Tribune, Sadar police station Officer-in-Charge, (OC) Shahidul Islam, said: “On a tip-off that Ranjit was hiding in a rubber orchard in Bandarban Sadar upazila, a joint force team detained him in a drive around 9pm on Friday. 

“An LG rifle was seized from his possession. After initial interrogation, the joint force handed him over to local police. A suspect in the Baghaichhari terror attack in Rangamati, he has been named in a case filed for the illegal possession of a firearm.”

On April 3, another suspect, Shankar Chakma, was killed in a reported gunfight with Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in Tulatoli of Naikhongchhari upazila. 

Shankar was also suspected of being involved in the Baghaichhari terror attack, and reportedly ran an extortion racket in the region.

RAB 7 seized 7 SMGs, 437 bullets and 11 bullet casings, during the drive to detain Shankar.

On March 18, eight people, including two assistant presiding officers and four Ansar members, were shot dead and at least 26 others injured in a gun attack on a motorcade of election officials.

The officials were engaged in election duties at three polling centres in the upazila, during voting in the second phase of the upazila parishad polls.

The Baghaichhari attack was the first incident of violence against the civil administration in the Chittagong Hill Tracts since the peace accord was signed.