News No. 85/2013, Thursday, July 18, 2013
INNOCENT Jumma villagers are reportedly being tortured during a military operation to rescue five Teletalk employees allegedly kidnapped in Baghaichari under Rangamati district.
According to sources, hundreds of army soldiers have taken part in the operation and on Thursday morning they raided a number of villages including Bongoltoli, Balukhali, Tindhalya and Rupokari.
In the village of Balukhali, at least one villager named Gyanankor Chakma, 35, son of Jolongo Kumar Chama is known to have been tortured and the house of his brother Saranankar Chakma searched.
The soldiers also picked up Laxmi Raj Chakma, 32 and Seneha Kumar Chakma, 45, from the same village.
Earlier, at 6am, the army men seized mobile phone sets from Purno Dorshi Chakma, 50, in West Balukhali and from Nobel Chakma, 19, and Rubel Chakma, 22, in Jhagrabil.
The military operation has been ongoing since 9 July.