News No. 53/2015, Sunday, April 12, 2015
The army and police have foiled a colourful procession organised by Jumma people in celebration of the Boisabi, the main festival of the indigenous Jumma people in the CHT.
A leader of the Hill Students Council, Elton Chakma, was arrested as participants tried to gather at Madhupur Bazar in Khagrachari town in the morning today.
The Boisabi Celebration Committee members have alleged that the army and police stopped vehicles carrying the participants at various locations including Zero Mile, Bizitola, Kuradiachara, Dewanpara and in front of District Council Office building and prevented them from getting to Khagrachari town.
Another source adds: the army also prevented Jumma people from taking out Boisabi processions in Manikchari, Guimara, Ramgarh and Matiranga.
The army personnel halted vehicles carriyng participants at different locations including Jaliapara, Nakapa, Patachara, Sindukchari and Jamtola.
Even passenger vehicles have been stopped, the source said, adding that the army personnel opened blank fire at Jamtola under Manikchart Upazila apparently to scare the Jumma people off the celebratory procession.
Even then, hundreds of people gathered to the take out a procession, but it was foiled when Sindukchari Zone commander arrested one of the organizers, Manendra Chakma, also member of Patachara Union Council.
However, he was released afterwards when the Jumma participants blocked Khagrachari-Chittagonge road in protest against his unlawful arrest.
The United Peoples' Democratic Front (UPDF) in a statement has condemned the government attempt, terming it fascist.