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CHTC meets with hill leaders to help search for missing UPDF leader

  • Published at 02:44 pm May 8th, 2019
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File photo of missing United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) leader—Michael Chakma Collected

Michael Chakma went missing from Dhaka’s Narayanganj on April 9

The Chittagong Hill Tracts Commission (CHTC) has met with leaders of four organizations to help them search for the missing United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) leader—Michael Chakma—and see to his safe return.

The meeting with the four organizations—the United Workers' Democratic Front (UWDF), Democratic Youth Forum (DYF), Hill Women's Federation (HWF) and Pahari Chhatra Parishad (PCP)—was held at the commission’s office in Dhaka on Tuesday afternoon.

According to a press release issued by the HWF on Wednesday, Co-Chairperson Sultana Kamal, Adviser Meghna Guha Thakurata, CHTC member Khushi Kabir, and Research Officer Ilira Dewan were present—on behalf of the commission—during the meeting.

Among others, UWDF Assistant General Secretary Pramod Jyoti Chakma, DYF General Secretary Zico Tripura, and HWF President Nirupa Chakma were present. Meanwhile, Michael Chakma's eldest sister Subhadra Chakma was also present with the leaders.


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The leaders informed the CHT Commission about Michael’s disappearance, and the Sonargaon police authority's misleading suggestions plus uncooperative behaviour.

They told the commission that despite the Superintendent of Narayanganj police's instructions to take necessary measures to find Michael Chakma, police officials did not take any measures to find Michael even 28 days since his disappearance.

The leaders sought the necessary cooperation of the commission to find Michael Chakma. Therefore, the leaders of the commission, including Sultana Kamal, said they would fully support the commission's authority to find him and ensure his safe return.

Michael Chakma—also central general secretary of the United Workers’ Democratic Front (UWDF)—went missing from Kanchpur area of Dhaka’s Narayanganj on April 9, while on his way to Dhaka after some organizational work. There are no traces of him till date.