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JS body worried over falling law and order in CHT

Staff Correspondent

A parliamentary body yesterday expressed concern over deteriorating law and order in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) and asked the authorities concerned to take necessary steps to arrest the decline.

“We think the law and order situation in the three hilly districts will improve significantly if the proposed 58 border outposts are set up immediately,” Mohammad Mosharraf Hossain, chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on CHT affairs told reporters after a meeting held at Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban.

Meanwhile, Deputy Minister for CHT Affairs Moni Swapan Dewan at the meeting outright rejected the allegations against his ministry of irregularities in development works. Sources said ruling party lawmaker Wadud Bhuiyan raised the allegations.

According to a report submitted by the ministry officials at yesterday’s meeting, the law and order in Rangamati and Khagrachhari is deteriorating while it is improving in Bandarban.

The officials blamed the fall on illegal entry of Indian and Myanmar insurgents, clashes between the activists of PCJSS (Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity and UPDF (United People’s Democratic Front) and intense political rivalry between the ruling BNP and main opposition Awami League (AL).

The minister stressed the need for setting up outposts along a vast open area bordering India and Myanmar immediately to check the entry of insurgents, sources said.

“We have already identified the reasons and are optimistic that the situation will improve soon,” Moni Swapan Dewan told the reporters.

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