News No. 53/2012, Monday, July 16, 2012
THE ARMY has arrested three activists of the United Peoples’ Democratic Front (UPDF) in a pre-dawn raid in the village of Gorgojyachari under Khagrachari Union No. 1, villagers and UPDF leaders have said.
The soldiers from Bizitola army camp raided the village at 5am today and arrested Protul Moy Chakma alias Rocket, 30, son of Bosonta Chakma, Rapru Marma, 20, son of Reda Marma of village Rubber Bagan, Kamalchari and Rupendu Chakma, 18, son of Ashok Mitra Chakma of village Hazachara, Merung, Dighinala.
Rupendu Chakma is general secretary of PCP Merung UP branch and a tenth grade student of Merung High School.
The army men stayed in the village till 8am and searched a number of houses.
A villager told chtnews.com, ‘The soldiers surrounded the village at about 5am. At the time Rocket went out for jogging. The army arrested him. Later, they came to my house and arrested the other two UPDF members. The army beat them seriously.’
He also said that the soldiers had searched his house for two-and-a half hours but found nothing incriminating.
‘Besides my house, a number of other houses in the village were also searched and the army turned everything upside down.’ he added.
After that, the army men left the village taking UPDF members along with them.