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Implement CHT accord fully, demands PCJSS

Our Correspondent, Rangamati
The Daily Star, Sep 25, 2006

Leaders of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) and it student front Pahari Chhatra Parishad (PCP) yesterday urged the BNP-led alliance government to fully implement the CHT peace agreement.

Ancestral lands and homesteads of indigenous people are being grabbed by settlers in Chittagong Hill Tracts because of non-implementation of the agreement, they said while addressing the 11th annual council of Rangamati nit of Pahari Chhatra Parishad (PCP), student wing of PCJSS. It was held at the Shilpakola Academy.

It was addressed by, among others, PCJSS central leaders Ushatan Talukder, Shaktiman Chakma, Thoai Aung Marma, Rangamati PCJSS secretary Bodhisatta Chakma, Rangamati PCP president Ashin Chakma and Hill Women Federation (HWF) chairperson Jonaki Chakma. Rangamati PCP president Juban Bikash Chakma chaired the council.

They criticized the government, during its five-year rule it did not take any step to implement the peace agreement that restored peace in the troubles hills.

In the coming election, PCJSS will support the party which will give a firm commitment to implement the peace accord and take steps to foster harmony among Bengales and indigenous people in the hills, they said.

They also criticised Samo Odhikar Andolan (SOA), a platform of Bengalee settlers in the CHT, for what they called creating discord between peace loving Bangalees and tribesmen in the hills. The SOA is led by BNP lawmaker Wadud Bhuiyan.

Some vested quarters are trying to disturb the present harmony between Bangalees and indigenous people in CHT to serve their interest, they said and called upon the people of all communities to guard against their evil motive.

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