Thursday, January 12, 2012

Santu group kidnaps one in Chittagong
News No. 03/2012, January 12, 2012

MEMBERS of the Santu group have reportedly kidnapped a factory operative from Bandar area in Chittagong.

Sources said Suhrid Chakma, a worker of GSK Limited in Chittagong EPZ, was attacked when he was on his way back home at 8pm yesterday.

The Santu group men, led by Sumon Chakma, beat him with fists and clubs, an eyewitness said.

“He has been missing since then.” Polen Chakma, a factory worker, told

Suhrid hails from Majalong under Sajek Union in Rangamati district and lives at Chander Alo Building at No. 2 Miler Matha in Bandar.

The attack comes one day after the kidnapping of Anil Kanti Tanchangya, president of Rangamati District unit of Bangladesh Krishak League, from Wagga in Kaptai Upazila in Rangamati.

The Santu group has killed at least 230 UPDF members and supporters and kidnapped hundreds others since the signing of the CHT accord in 1997.

On 4 December 2011, they also kidnapped five Bengali settlers from a remote area in Barkal Upazila, provoking angry protests from the settlers in Rangamati.

The settlers have not been traced since then.

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