News No. 35/2014, Wednesday, June 18, 2014
SEVEN Jumma people, including a shopkeeper, have been arrested by army and police from Todekmara Kizing under Baghaichari Upazila in Rangamati district, sources say.
They were arrested at noon today when the security forces raided Jumma-owned shops at Todekmara Kizing.
The army and police allege that a vehicle had been set on fire during roadblocks being enforced by Todekmara Kizing Upasak-Upasika Parishad.
The Parishad has been re-staging the roadblocks since Tuesday after a few days of break when its leaders entered into a negotiation with the local administration to seek a compromise.
The arrested have been identified as Biton Chakma, 25, son of Tapas Chakma, Sumongol Chakma, 55, son of late Krishna Kumar Chakma of village Pahanchari, Merung; Rashel Chakma, 19, son of Gyanendu Chakma of village Rupakari; Baghya Chakma, 17, son of Anadi Kumar Chakma of village Bajepadachara, Merung; Subho Mongol Chakma, 24, son of Dev Kumar Chakma of village Pahanchari, Merung; Smriti Moy Chakma, 35, son of Honuman Chakma of village Bajepedachara, Merung; and Rikon Chakma, 26, son of Karuna Moy Chakma of village Golachari, Rupakari, Baghaichari.
Of the arrested, Biton Chakma is the owner of a shop, while the rest went to the shops to buy things.
None of them has anything to do with the roadblock programme being enforced to protest the army and police’s obstruction of the building of a Buddhist meditation centre at Todekmara Kizing.
The arrested Jummas have been taken to Baghaichari police station, although it is not known if they have been charged.