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One dies in army custody in Belaichari

News No. 123/2008, July 07, 2008

One Jumma villager has been tortured to death in army custody in Belaichari under Rangamati district, sources in Rangamati said.

Quoting eyewitnesses, the sources said at about 6 am today, a group of military personnel from Kangarachari army camp surrounded the house of Niranjon Chakama, 40, s/o Lalit Kumar Chakma in the village of Nareychari under Kangarachari Union.

The soldiers, led by one Lieutenant and one Warrant Officer, searched the house, which also doubles as a shop, and found a copy of the Pitribhumi, a mouthpiece of the Students and Youths Against Land Aggression, and one Indian five rupee note.

The name of the army officers could not be known.

The soldiers took him to the camp and beat him mercilessly, resulting in his death.

The soldiers were reported to have been preparing to hand over his dead body to the police, the sources further said.

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