The exchange of fire between the two hill gangs abruptly ensued in Babu Para of Baghaichhari municipality in Baghaichhari upazila around 1pm Tuesday
A member of the Jana Samhati Samiti (Reformist-MN Larma) has been killed in a reported shootout between two rival gangs in Rangamati Hill District of the Chittagong Hill Tracts.
The exchange of fire between the two hill gangs abruptly ensued in Babu Para of Baghaichhari municipality in Baghaichhari upazila around 1pm on Tuesday.
The deceased identified as Ratan Chakma, 24, was reportedly an active member of the reformist JSS (MN Larma) group and also the organizing secretary of the Kachalong College unit Pahari Chhatra Parishad (PCP) in Baghaichhari.
Confirming the matter to Dhaka Tribune, Baghaichhari police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Md Ashraf Uddin said: “We have sent a team of police to the spot to retrieve the body of the deceased. Meanwhile, security has been beefed up in the area following the act of gang violence.”
On October 10, a JSS (Reformist-MN Larma) leader, Bachmong Marma, 45, was pulled out from a tea stall and shot dead, allegedly by local goons in Bandarban Sadar upazila.
As recently as July 7, at least six members of JSS (Reformist-MN Larma) were shot to death at Baghmara of Bandarban Sadar upazila.
Among the dead were Ratan Tanchangya, Bandarban unit president, David Marma, a member of the executive committee, and Bimol Kanti Chakma, vice president of the central committee.
The remaining deceased were – Robin Chakma, Ripon Tripura and Gyan Tripura, all members of Jubo Samiti, front organization of JSS (Reformist-MN Larma).
Sources at the time had said members of the JSS (MN Larma) group were holding a meeting at Ratan Tanchangya’s house when a rival group ambushed the house from all sides and fired indiscriminately. Six persons died on the spot while two other members, Biddut Chakma and Niru Chakma, received bullet injuries.
It is to be noted that in the last 22 years, more than six hundred people have been killed in turf wars among the regional political parties based in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh. Besides, numerous abductions and assaults have also taken place during the period.