News No. 05/2014, Saturday, May 10, 2014
THE army harassed innocent villagers during a predawn raid and search in Ramgarh in Khagrachari district.
According to sources, a group of 11 soldiers led by a Subedar from Batnatoli army camp in Manikchari Upazila raided Gujapara village under Patachara Union in Ramgarh Upazila at 4am on Friday.
The soldiers rousted 60-year old Ms Mingkroi Tripura from bed and asked her to go with them.
When she said ‘I am an old woman, please spare me’, the army men pointed a gun at her and forced her to follow them.
However, after walking about 500 yards, she was able to escape.
Thereafter, the soldiers raided the house of Gyanendra Tripura, 50, son of Thu-aungyo Tripura, made him to put on a raincoat and then forced him to go with them at gun point.
When, after walking about 200 yards, he told the army that he would not go further, he was kicked and left behind.
Later the army raided South Gujapara and searched the houses of Bira Kumar Chakma, 75, son of late Ramani Mohan Chakma; his son Chandra Ketu Chakma, an assistant teacher of Guja Government Primary School; and Mala Chakma, a widow.
The soldiers left about 3 hours later, without finding any terrorist or anything incriminating.