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UPDF demands equal rights

Staff Correspondent

United People’s Democratic Front (UPDF) President Prosit Bikash Khisa demanded amendment to the constitution in order to ensure rights of all citizens of the country regardless of class, race, ethnicity, religion and profession.Khisa was speaking at the first congress of UPDF.

Criticising the present constitution, Khisa said this constitution is unjust, as it does not ensure the rights of the indigenous community.

The congress was held at the Institution of Engineers in the city.

Jatiya Mukti Council President Badruddin Umar, Jatiya Gono Front Coordinator Tipu Biswas, Language Movement Activist Abdul Matin and Professor Jamal Nazrul Islam of Chittagong University spoke at the inaugural session.

The speakers said people of Bangladesh would not be able to resolve the crisis by repressing the indigenous people of Chittagong Hill Track (CHT), as they are part of the country.

They said the indigenous people have all the rights to demand autonomy as their culture, environment and profession is different from the plain land inhabitants.

In a political report of UPDF, it is said that over 200 people were killed, 15 maimed and three hundred were sent to prisons during their eight years of fight for autonomy of CHT.

They even could not hold a congress during the regimes of the last two governments, the report added.

Diponkar Tripura conducted the session.

A colourful procession was brought out in the city after the end of the first day of congress.

Participants in the First National UPDF Congress observe a one-minute silence in memory of those killed in different movements in the country. The three-day congress began at the Institution of Engineers in the city yesterday. PHOTO: STAR

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