Friday, June 21, 2013

Settler attack in Gomati: UPDF urges govt to bring back evicted villagers
News No. 69/2013, Friday, June 21, 2013

THE United Peoples’ Democratic Front (UPDF) has urged the government to bring back the forty Tripura families who fled their homes in the face of a settler attack in Gomati under Matiranga Upazila in Khagrachari district.

The attack took place on Tuesday in the village of Takar Moni Para, one and a half kilometers north-east of Gomati bazar.

The victims – more than 90 persons of 40 families – fled into the jungle and finally took refuge in Birashi Muro and Heya Para villages.

Three days after the attack, they still feel insecure to return to their homes.

The local civil administration has not taken any step to bring the villagers back and rehabilitate them.

One of the victims, Motin Tripura, however, said Lt. Col. Nuruzzaman, commander of BGB’s Palashpur Zone, had contacted him over mobile phone to assure him that no such incidents would recur in future.

“Nuruzzaman requested us to return to the village” he said.

The chief organizer of the UPDF Khagrachari Unit, Pradipan Khisha, in a statement has called upon the government to bring back the evicted Tripura villagers and rehabilitate them in their own village.

He also urged the government to guarantee safety of life and property of the victims.

‘The way the local administration has denied both the attack and the resultant exodus of the villagers is regrettable and unwarranted,’ the UPDF leader said.


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