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UPDF activist arrested in Matiranga

Hill Watch Human Rights Forum
NEWS No. 46/2007, October 28, 2007

A member of the United People’s Democratic Front (UPDF) was arrested by army in Matiranga under Khagrachari district today.

The arrested UPDF member has been identified as Suiching Marma (26) s/o Dulal Marma of Bholachola village under Manikchari Upazilla of the district.

Mr. Marma was arrested at around 7 a.m. from Ballyachari village when a group of army personnel from nearby Ballyachari camp raided the village. He was on a visit to his relatives there.

After arrest, Mr. Marma has been taken to the camp. The army gave no reason for the arrest. No further details are available.

In the last few months, there have been a series of arrests of innocent villagers and UPDF members in various parts of the Chittagong Hill Tracts. These arrests have been made in tandem with land grabbing by illegal plain settlers in Maischari, Dighinala, Panchari and many other places.

An all pervading sense of fear, anger and hopelessness looms large among the Jumma people and especially in those areas where the problem of land grabbing has taken a serious turn.

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