News No.10/2016: Friday, February 12, 2016
AN ARMY officer has threatened activists of the Hill Students Council with arrests and remands in Khagrachari as they were demanding primary education in ethnic people’s mother languages.
According to sources, a group of army personnel led by Major Atique stopped some participants of a rally at Upali-para in Khagrachari town and threatened them with arrest and remand, a euphemism for torture in police custody.
‘The Major also tore down our placards, lectured us about many things and told us that he would have broken our legs if he had had prior information about our rally and procession’, one of the participants to the programme told chtnews.com.
The rally was organized by Hill Students Council Khagrachari College unit to urge the government to concede to their education-related five point demands including introduction of primary education in ethnic people’s mother languages in the Chittagong Hill Tracts.
Atique boasted about his credentials on human rights violations and said he was the one who was in charge of military operations in Khagrachari.
He also claimed that he had led his troops in cracking down on another rally organized in solidarity with Palestine people by a coalition of eight Jumma organziations including PCP on 29 November last year.---------------