Saturday, September 22, 2012

College student kidnapped by Santu group in Rangamati

News No. 93/2012, Saturday, September 22, 2012

A COLLEGE student and supporter of the United Peoples’ Democratic Front (UPDF) has been kidnapped by Santu Larma loyalists from Kallyanpur in Rangamati town, sources have said.

His friends have urged all, including national and human rights organizations, to put pressure on Santu Larma to release him.

Kumentu Chakma, a second year student of Rangamati Government College, was kidnapped last night, at 11pm, from Gattopara of Kallyanpur in Rangamati town.

The Santu group men abducted him allegedly for voicing support for the UPDF. His elder brother was a member of the UPDF and was killed by a Santu Larma backed armed gang.

Kumentu, son of Dhana Mohan Chakma, is originally from the village of Dhamechara (also called Panchari) in Jurachari Upazila of Rangamati district. He and friends live in a rented house in Kalyanpur.

The United Peoples’ Democratic Front (UPDF) in a statement has condemned the kidnapping and urged the Santu group to release him unharmed.

Sachal Chakma, organizer of UPDF Rangamati district unit, said, ‘The government is using Santu Larma to destroy the existence of the Jumma people. What was done previously by the army is now being done by the hired goons of Santu Larma.’

‘But the CHT people will defeat the government conspiracy and dump Santu Larma, the national traitor and the vilest dalal (collaborator), into the dustbin of history.’ he added.

Kumentu Chakma’s friends have requested – through – national and international human rights organizations, indigenous people’s organizations, individuals and those sympathetic to the cause of the Jumma people to urge Santu Larma to release Kumentu Chakma.

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