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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Dawn-to-dusk road blockade ends in Khagrachari

Dawn-to-dusk road blockade ends in Khagrachari

The dawn-to-dusk road blockade called by the Hill Students Council
(PCP), a front organisation of the United Peoples Democratic Front,
ended in Khagrachari today without major untoward incidents.

The programme was called in protest against police attacks on a
peaceful conference of the PCP and indiscriminate arrest of its
members on Wednesday.

Normal life in the town ground to a halt as motorized vehicles
remained off the roads. No long-route buses plied in the district.

Large contingents of police personnel were deployed in many parts of
the town, and sheershanews.com said the pickets beat up a pedestrian
in Manikchari and pelted a micro bus with stones at Panch-mile area on
Dighinala – Khagrachari road.

The PCP leaders thanked all concerned for supporting their programme
and urged the government to release all its arrested members.

Meanwhile, one of the remaining arrested PCP members has been
released. His name is Komendra Lal Tripura, a candidate for Secondary
School Certificate
exam to be held in next February.

Nine others are still in jail. All of them are students. They were
refused bail when they were produced before the court of senior
judicial district magistrate yesterday.

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