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Army tortures and arrests innocent villagers in Naniachar

Hill Watch Human Rights Forum
NEWS No. 14/2007, May 10, 2007
The Bangladesh military personnel in a series of raids on Jumma villages in Naniachar under Rangamati district tortured 8 innocent villagers and arrested two.

HWHRF received complaint that on 27 April a group of army personnel from Naniachar zone carried out raids on four Jumma villages namely Egarallya Chara, Chongrakuttya, Gobchari and Gunguttyachari. It was a predawn raid and the soldiers encircled the villages on all sides, with rounding up the people at day-break.

At least eight villagers were beaten up inhumanly during the raids. The victims have been identified as Udoi Kiron Karbari (Egarallyachara), Sunil Bikash Talukder (Egarallyachara), Siddharth Chakma (Gobchari), Gyana Joti Chakma (Gobchari), Chokka Chakma (Gobchari), Mother of Babudhan (Gobchari), Purno Kumar Chakma (Gunguttyachari) and Barallya Chakma (Gunguttyachari).

Of them, Siddharth Chakma (55) s/o Buddha Moni Chakma and Jyana Joti Chakma (40) s/o Moti Lal Chakma were handed over to the police, while Purna Kumar Chakma was taken to the camp. He was tortured again there and released at night the same day.

Villagers said JSS members Siarth Chakma and Biarth Chakma – the two brothers who are in the pay of the army – played the role of collaborators in the planning and execution of the raids.

This and many other incidents tend to indicate that some people are now out to take advantage of the state of emergency to settle personal scores. They are furnishing the members of the joint forces with false tip-offs about people against whom they harbour some personal grudge.

The joint forces, on the other hand, do not often verify the information they receive and work in a mechanical way, putting their image at stake and victimizing the innocent people at the same time.

………………………………………………………………………….. Posted by Hill Watch at 10:10 PM



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