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Sama Odhikar Andolan called meeting in Khagrachari district

Sama Odhikar Andolan called meeting in Khagrachari district

On 20 April 2005 communal organisation of Bengali Muslim settlers ‘Sama Odhikar Andolan’ (Equal Rights Movement) led by Abdul Wadud Bhuiyan, MP from Khagrachari organised a public meeting at Mukta Manch in Khagrachari town against the PCJSS and its leader Santu Larma. Among others, local BNP leader Mr. Abdul Wadud Bhuiyan; his brother Mr. Belahet Hossain Bhuiyan, Chairman of Ramgarh pourashave; Mr. Joinal Abedin, Chairman of the Khagrachari pourashava; Mr. Mustafikur Rahman Maruf, general secretary of Sama Odhikar Andolan etc delivered the speech in the meeting. Some Jumma puppets, namely, Mr. Prabin Chandra Chakma, Mr. Animesh Chakma Rinku, Mr. Animesh Dewan Nandit, Ms. Deb Rani Chakma also attended the meeting.

Mr. Wadud Bhuiyan threatened that no obstacle would be tolerated if any body tried to do conspiracy against Bengali people in CHT and to prevent the movement of the Sama Odhikar Andolan. He also mentioned that he would take necessary actions against the elements who were engaged against the Bengali people.

Mr. Belayet Hossain Bhuiyan publicly declared that they would not tolerate PCJSS and its leader Mr. Santu Larma. They would crush PCJSS and its leader Santu Larma by hock and crock.

Fake leaflet published by the Wadud Gang

In April 2005 Abdul Wadud Bhuiyan gang published a fake leaflet in the name of some Jumma civil society leaders against the PCJSS and its leader Mr. Santu Larma. The leaders of the Jumma civil society whose names and signatures were printed in the leaflet complained that the Samna Odhikar Andolan, an Islamic communal organisation of the Bengali settlers led by Mr. Mustafikur Rahman Maruf, played active role to publish this fake leaflet. Mustafikur Rahman Maruf who was a leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League, student wing of the Awami League and joined BNP after 2001 parliamentary election has been working actively against the PCJSS and Jumma people with the direct support of the local army. The leaders of the Jumma civil society also mentioned that the army of the Khagrachari brigade might be involved to publish this fake leaflet. They also mentioned that the signatures printed in the leaflet were given on 28 February 2005 in protest letter against the Khagrachari Trade Fair.

It is not worthy that the trade fair was organised in Khagrachari by the Khagrachari district administration and Khagrachari Chamber of Commerce and Industry in March 2005. The leaders of the Jumma civil society protested against it as it would hamper candidates of the SSC and HSC examinations and would attract youth to involve gambling.

It is also mentionable that during the inauguration ceremony of the trade fair, Mr. Rokunuddin, Brigade Commander of the Khagrachari Region threatened the Jumma people that he would not tolerate any strike and road blockade programme. At that time, local Jumma people in support of the Jumma civil society and Khagrachari Citizen Forum called road blockade programme demanding stopping of the land grabbing by the Bengali Muslim settlers in Ghamaridhala, Lemuchari, Joysen Karbari Para, Nunchari of the Khagrachari and Mahalchari upazilas.

Source: UNPO




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