News No. 44/2012, Saturday, July 07, 2012
THE ARMY has arrested two United Peoples Democratic Front (UPDF) activists in Ramgarh, Khagrachari district, UPDF and other sources have said.
They have been arrested for participating in protest demonstrations against recent land grabbing in Pilabhanga village in Ramgarh, UPDF has alleged.
According to sources, a group of army personnel led by Mejor Safkat from Guimara sub-zone last night raided the village of Choto Kalapani in Hafchari Union under Ramgarh Upazila and arrested them from the house of Nibaron Chakma alias Bablu.
The arrested UPDF members have been identified as Jawharlal Chakma alias Mithun, 40, son of Biraj Mohan Chakma of village Munigram and Khitonsha Tripura alias Monoi, 24, son of Mahakumr Tripura of village Machyochara Para, Matiranga.
They were sleeping there when the arrest was made.
The soldiers also searched the house of Shachindra Chakma and picked up Chittra Joti Chakma, a member of the Hill Students Council, from there.
However, he was released afterwards while on the way to the camp.
The army men asked him not to stage demonstrations in protest against the arrest and threatened him that ‘if this order is not complied with, we will arrest you too.’
Organizer of UPDF Ramgarh unit, Apu Tripra, in a statement condemned the arrest and demanded that the government release them unconditionally.
He said they have been arrested for participating in protest demonstrations against recent land grabbing in Pilabhanga village in Ramgrah.
‘No amount of repression will subdue our just struggle’ he added.