News No. 65/2012, Thursday, August 23, 2012
THERE has been a terrorist attempt to burn down an office of the United Peoples’ Democratic Front (UPDF) in Khagrachari district town, police and UPDF sources have confirmed.
A press release issued by UPDF has blamed Santu group for the arson attack on its office at Swanirbhor bazaar on the outskirts of the town.
According to police personnel and night guards posted there, 4 – 5 unidentified attackers had set fire to the office. ‘We immediately rushed there and doused the fire. Thus the office house has been saved from being completely burned down,’ a policeman said.
He said the incident happened last night at around 2:30am.
An UPDF activist said a chair, a door mat, and a part of a floor mat had been burnt down, while a wooden table had been partially damaged by the fire.
Pradeep Chakma, organizer of UPDF Khagrachari district unit, has condemned the attack and said, ‘It is a terrorist act committed by Santu group out of frustration. Since Santu group has failed to confront UPDF politically and ideologically, it has now begun to target UPDF and its properties for terrorist attacks’.
‘In the last few months Santu Larma’s hired goons have carried out a number of terrorist attacks,’ he further said, adding his evil design would not succeed. ‘The people of the CHT will give a befitting reply to his terrorist and destructive politics.’