Friday, September 20, 2013

Arrested UPDF activist rescued from police
News No. 109/2013, Friday, September 20, 2013

ANGRY villagers have rescued an arrested activist of the United Peoples’ Democratic Front (UPDF) from a police station in Sajek Union under Baghaichari Upazila in Rangamati district.

The incident took place Friday morning (today). Local elected public representatives, village elders and members and leaders of Sajek Nari Samaj (Sajek Women’s Association) went to Majhalong police station and made a request to release Pintu Tripura, 26, a UPDF activist, who was arrested by army earlier on Thursday night from Majhalong bazaar without a warrant.

When their request was turned down, the crowd rescued him from police custody.

“We politely asked police to release him, because he (Pintu) is completely innocent. But when the police refused to release him, we just took him away from them.” one of those present during the incident told

He said the army had arrested Pintu from Majhalong bazaar at 11pm on Thursday (19 September) and immediately handed him over to the police who locked him up all night.

The whole incident is reminiscent of the days of the emergency rule of General Moin U Ahmed when military repression and arrests of innocent people had become rampant in Sajek.

At that time Sajek Nari Samaj’s women had put up fierce resistance against this injustice and rescued many innocent villagers and UPDF members from army custody.

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