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UPDF organizer Michael Chakma 'missing' for 6 days

  • Published at 11:02 pm April 15th, 2019
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File photo of missing United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) leader—Michael Chakma Collected

He went missing on April 9 when he left for the capital after organisational work in Kanchpur area

A top leader of the United People’s Democratic Front (UPDF) went missing six days ago on his way to Dhaka from Kanchpur in Narayanganj.

Chittagong Hill Tracts-based UPDF organizer, Michael Chakma, is also central general secretary of the United Workers’ Democratic Front (UWDF).

Four UPDF-backed organizations on Monday issued a media statement, saying Michael went missing on April 9 when he left for the capital after organisational work in Kanchpur area.

The joint statement, signed by Ganatantrik Juba Forum President Angya Marma, UWDF President Sachib Chakma, Pahari Chattra Parishad President Bipul Chakma, and Hill Women’s Federation President Nirupa Chakma, said Michael was abducted.

The four leaders said Michael went to visit several labour dense areas to organize programs for the Boisabi Festival and anniversary of the 2013 Rana Plaza collapse, which killed over 1,100 people.

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After the programs at Kanchpur, Michael left for Dhaka and went missing. His mobile number was also found switched off since then.

The leaders believe Michael was abducted as part of “a state-sponsored conspiracy to destroy the legitimate movement of the oppressed people of the Chittagong Hill Tracts and workers.”

In the statement, they also said the government could not avoid the responsibility and will be held accountable if anything happened to Michael.

Jatiya Mukti Council General Secretary, Fayzul Hakim Lala, said Michael's family would file a general diary soon.