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Six including 3 UPDF members arrested in Laxmichari

News No. 46/2009, June 09, 2009

Six persons including three members of the United People’s Democratic Front (UPDF) were arrested in Laxmichari, Khagrachari.

Reports reaching from the area said on 7 June at around 1pm a group of army personnel from Laxmichari zone raided the village of East Chailyatoli and picked up three UPDF members and two supporters. They were making preparations for holding a meeting with the villagers when the arrest was made.

The arrested UPDF members have been identified as Bochai Marma alias Monu, age 30, s/o Mong Hla Ching Marma of village Chowdhuri Para, Betbunia, Kawkhali, Rangamati; Shimul Chakma alias Nipon, age 23, s/o Motilal Chakma of village Dujjyapara, Ghagra, Kawkhali; and Dilmoni Chakma alias Pratap, age 26, s/o Harbo Chakma of villlage Durchari, Dullyatoli Union, Laxmichari.

The arrested UPDF supporters are Dipayan Chakma, age 22, s/o Erokko Chakma and Tejendra Chakma, age 30, s/o Nanda Chakma. Both of them hail from East Chailatoli village, Laxmichari.

The army took them to the zone headquarters and beat them so severely that all of them had to be admitted in Laxmichari hospital at 2am the next day. While the two supporters were released later on after medical treatment, the UPDF members were handed over to the Laxmichari police station.

They had been kept in the police station till yesterday, according to sources. It is not known under which section they have been shown arrested.

Another report adds another Jumma villager was arrested on Monday, 8 June, in Laxmichari. The army arrested Nilondo Chakma, age 40, s/o Boidyo Chakma of Badorkaba village from a tea shop at around 1:30pm. He was handed over to the police, but the reason for the arrest could not be known, it said.

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