Neither of the three have been able to get their national ID (NID) cards or register themselves as voters since they did not have their birth certificates
Galanga Union Parishad (UP) Chairman Sheu Sai Marma on Monday allegedly refused to sign the birth certificates of three teenagers since their parents had not voted for him.
The teenagers—Chosuipru Marma, 18, Mongchopru Marma, 18, and Umongpru Marma, 18—are all residents of the Galanga union in the Ruma upazila, Bandarban.
Neither of the three have been able to get their national ID (NID) cards or register themselves as voters since they did not have their birth certificates.
The three youths claimed they were verbally abused by the UP chairman and had to return home empty-handed from the UP office six times between April 29 and May 6 this year.
They claimed the chairman had said that he would not provide or sign their birth certificates since their parents were his critics.
However, when contacted, UP Chairman Sheu denied the allegation, saying: "I did not refuse to sign their certificates. I just summoned their parents to explain to me why they had 'sworn' to not vote for me during election."
They had later downloaded digital copies of their birth certificates from the internet, and took them to be signed by the chairman, who allegedly "ripped the certificates to pieces".
Speaking to the Dhaka Tribune, Galanga UP Secretary Ubanu Marma said that he had heard about the chairman not signing the birth certificates and tearing them up, but had not spoken to him about the matter.
Union Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Mohammad Shamsul Islam said: "I spoke to the UP chairman about this. If he still does not sign the certificates, we will take action after receiving a written complaint against him."