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A returnee PCJSS member held by the army in Dighinala following the Sajek arson attack

Mr. Anunay Chakma alias Manas (55) s/o Nalini Kanta Chakma, a returnee member of PCJSS as per CHT Peace Accord was arrested by the army at Dighinala check post in Khagrachari district on 13 May 2008 while he was returning home from Rangamati. He was taken first to Dighinala cantonment and after keeping there a night, he was handed over to Dighinala police station. A case was filed against him under section 16(2) of the Emergency Power Rules 2007 with Dighinala police station. The army had falsely shown a recovery of UPDF’s leaflet from him during the arrest. He was sent to Khagrachari jail.

It is mentionable that following the incident of arson attack on 7 indigenous villages in Sajek union under Rangamati district, a group of Bengali settlers also encircled his shop at Baghaihat bazaar on 21 April at around 10.30 a.m. However, other shopkeepers of the market saved him from physical assault by the Bengali settlers. After this incident, he wanted to go Rangamati, but zone commander Lt. Col. Sajid Imtiaz did not allow him to leave Baghaihat bazaar without showing any reason. However, he went to Rangamati at the end of last month to participate in a wedding ceremony of his relative. On 13 April he was just returning home after attending the wedding ceremony. He has a restaurant at Baghaihar bazaar.

Aungkyew Mong
Kapaeeng Watch
(A human rights group for indigenous peoples)
Jagannath Hall, Dhaka University
Dhaka, Bangladesh
E-mail: kapaeeng.watch@gmail.com, kapaeeng.watch@micico.ch

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