The leading political organisation in Bangladesh’s Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) has lashed out at the government for failing to stop the ‘vicious cycle of secret killings ” in the tribal-dominated region bordering India and Myanmar.
On Saturday, May 23, 2020, at around 11:45 am, some armed men abducted Gyankirti Chakma at gunpoint from his house to Babuchara on a motorcycle.
His whereabouts remain a mystery .
Before he was abducted, terrorists chased Motar Chakma, a former UPDF member, near the Ansar camp in Karbari Tila and fired at him.
Angya Marma, the organizer of the United People’s Democratic Front (UPDF) Khagrachhari unit, in a statement, condemned the abduction of Gyankirti Chakma , a renowned cultural figure from the district and president of the Jumma Film Association.
The UPDF leader alleged that an army patrolling team was stationed not far away in Banchhara while the incident took place.”But neither they nor Ansar members took any measure to stop the chase or arrest the terrorists,” Marma said in a statement reaching Easternlink by mail.
He further alleged the Bangladesh security forces have taken no action against the terrorists, who were associated with various criminal activities including killing, kidnapping, extortion and intimidation at the security check posts and camps in Babuchara.
“Instead of checking their depredations, the Bangladesh forces are arming, training and using these armed groups to attack and harm tribal leaders standing up for their community,” Marma said.
Angya Marma held the local military and civilian administration, as well as the government, as responsible for ‘all the terrorist actions,’ and demanded they should immediately rescue and release of Gyankirti Chakma and take legal actions against those responsible for his abduction.