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BNP-Jamaat men become Khagrachhari hill dist council members


Jasim Majumder, Khagrachhari

Four BNP-Jamaat men have been appointed members of the Khagrachhari Hill District Council (KHDC), according to an official order issued on July 12, KHDC sources said.The new members are Sadar Upazila BNP vice president Animesh Dewan Nandith, district Jubodal organising secretary Sanumong Marma, Mohalchhari upazila BNP president Ruhity Karbari and Ramghor Upazila Chhatra Shibir president Abu Bakkar Siddique, they said.

Earlier, arrested ‘corrupt’ BNP lawmaker Wadud Bhuiyan proposed names of the following persons to Chittagong Hill Tracts affairs and local government, rural development and cooperatives ministries for appointment as members of the council on March 28 last year, BNP sources said.

They are Animesh Dewan Nandith, Sanumong Marma, Ruhity Karbari and district BNP organising Secretary Mostafizur Rahman Millat, they said.

All but Mostafizur Rahman Millat have been made members of the council. Shibir leader Abu Bakkar Siddique became one of its member instead of Millat.

But the then BNP-Jamaat led Alliance government did not give appointment to anyone of them as the KHDC member.

Animesh Dewan Nandith was a former armed cadre of now defunct Shanti Bahini. He earned bad name as a hill plunderer, locals said.

Sanumong Marma is doing BNP politics for the last 10 years. He is now holding a vital post in the party. He allegedly played a key role in dividing the indigenous Marma community into two groups. Once Marma Unnayan Sangshad was their lone platform. But he floated another platform titled, ‘Marma Aikkha Parishad’ during the Immediate past 4-party Alliance regime, locals said.

Some other alliance leaders are also been blamed for dividing the community into two parts for political purposes.

Mohalchhari upazila BNP president Ruhiti Karbari is doing party politics for the last 10 years. He was allegedly involved in illegal toll collection, land grabbing, misappropriation of government fund and other criminal activities, reliable sources said.

He allegedly did not do anything for welfare of his own community.

Local people have been surprised to see the names of the BNP-Jamaat leaders as the council members.

KHDC sources said equal representation of three indigenous Chakma, Marma and Tripura communities was not ensured in the new appointment.

The new appointment has shattered hopes and aspirations of the indigenous people, they said.

It has been alleged that no indigenous Tripura community member was included in the council although names of two Marmas were included there.

Former BNP law maker Wadud Bhuiyan was arrested on charge of corruption on February 4, official sources said.

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