News No.42/2016: Friday, May 20, 2016
THE army stopped the Hill Students’ Council (PCP) on Thursday from making a makeshift stage for its 27th founding anniversary rally to be held in Dighinala today, according to sources.
The PCP activists were busy making the stage at Baanchara High School ground at 3 pm when a group of army personnel from Dighinala zone arrived there in two jeeps.
They encircled the whole area, drove the PCP activists and hired labourers away by force and threw bamboos and other materials all over the ground.
When the PCP members protested, the army men threatened them with arrests, torture and dire consequences.
Meanwhile, the office of the Khagrachari Deputy Commissioner in a letter yesterday informed the PCP leadership that “it has not been granted permission to write any graffiti and hold any student rally and procession.”
Signed by Dewan Moudud Ahmed, an assistant commissioner, the one-page letter quoted an official report by the Superintendent of Police as terming the PCP as “a regional student organization with no state recognition.”
The PCP in a statement condemned the action of the army as undemocratic and vowed to hold its planned rally at all cost.---------------