News No. 64/2014, Monday, August 11, 2014
One person, believed to be a member of the M. N. Larma faction of the Jana Samhati Samiti, died of army torture on Sunday in Matiranga.
The deceased has been identified as Duronto Chakma alias Duran, 52.
According to various sources, on the night of 9 August, a group of army personnel from Matiranga zone raided the village of Lemuchara, carried out house-to-house searches early next morning and arrested four persons including Duran.
The other three arrested persons – Nakul Tripura alias Rial, 34; Nishi Moni Chakma, 40; and his son Amar Kanti Chakma – are also believed to be members of JSS (M.N. Larma).
They were all taken to Matiranga zone and tortured badly.
When Duronto Chakma fell ill from torture, he was admitted to Matiranga Health Complex at noon in a critical condition and breathed his last there.
The Officer-in-charge of Matiranga Thana, Main Uddin, said the dead body had been sent to Khagrachari Sadar Hospital for autopsy and added that a case of ‘unnatural death’ had been filed in this connection.
The army took charge of the dead body and burnt it at Mahajon Para cremation ground at 11pm.
Meanwhile, the army handed the other three JSS (M. N. Larma) members over to the police in Guimara.
The Officer-in-charge of Guimara Thana, Md. Abu Yusuf, told chtnews.com that a case had been filed against them on charge of extortion.
A leader of the JSS (M. N. Larma faction) denies that the arrested, including Duran, were members of his party.