News No. 61/2016: Friday, July 22, 2016
MEMBERS of the so-called Bengali Chatra Parishad, an ultra communal outfit of the Bengali settler students, attacked Hill Students’ Council (PCP) activists in Khagrachari town on Wednesday night, leaving five of them severely injured.
The PCP activists were sticking posters demanding the release of UPDF organizer Mithun Chakma, who was arrested on 13 July from Aparnacharan Para in Khagrachari town.
The settlers led by Mashum Rana, a councilor of Khagrachari Municipality, and Bishwajit Das, attacked them with iron rods and sticks and then handed them over to the army, who in their turn took them to Khagrachari cantonment and tortured them badly.
The next morning the army handed them over to the police, who released them after making them pay fines through a mobile court for putting up posters “illegally”.
The injured PCP activists included Jeshim Chakma, a BA first year student of Khagrachari College and member of PCP Khagrachari district unit; Jewel Chakma, president of Khagrachari Technical School and College Unit and a second year student of the same college; Sajeeb Chakma, a first year student of Khagrachari Govt College; Edition Chakma, a second year student of Panchari College; and Pratipon Chakma, a second year student of the same college.
Of them, Jeshim Chakma was admitted to Khagrachari Sadar Hospital with serious injuries but the attending doctors referred him to Chittagong Medical College Hospital for better treatment.
The UPDF and PCP have condemned the attack and demanded the attackers be brought to justice.