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KNF activities spark fear, cast shadow over Eid festivities in Bandarban

  • Hotels are relatively empty
  • People do not go out after evening 
Update : 08 Apr 2024, 01:51 PM

Despite Eid-ul-Fitr being just around the corner, businesses in Bandarban are witnessing a decline in customers due to the recent activities of the armed separatist group Kuki-Chin National Front (KNF) in Bandarban, including robberies, abductions and gunfires.

People of the district are scared to go out after the evening due to safety concerns, significantly dampening the festive spirit of Eid.

Kamlai Mro, president of the Thanchi Bazar Committee, said that although the situation is normal now, fewer people are visiting the markets.

Moreover, workers from the district headquarters for development projects are hesitant to venture into the remote areas of the upazila, resulting in a halt in development work.

Additionally, agricultural produce is going to waste as traders refrain from traveling to the upazilas to purchase goods from the hill areas.

In the past years, thousands of tourists flocked to the district ahead of major religious festivals such as Eid, Pohela Boishakh, and Sangrai festivals.

This year, the hotels and motels in the area are relatively empty.

Shaimang Marma Shaibong, president of the Ruma upazila unit Awami League, said people have been in panic since the KNF attacks.

Meanwhile, on Monday, KNF indefinitely banned all types of vehicular traffic in Ruma, Thanchi and Rowangchhari upazilas of Bandarban.

The separatist group’s armed wing, the Kuki-Chin National Army (KNA), announced this ban through a message on social media.

On Wednesday, KNF members attacked Sonali Bank and Krishi Bank in Bandarban's Thanchi upazila around 12:30pm and looted Tk15,00,000 from Sonali Bank and Tk2,45,000 from Krishi Bank.

Earlier, the gunmen broke the vault of Sonali Bank in Ruma upazila of Bandarban at around 8:30pm on Tuesday and looted around Tk2 crore. 

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