February 20, 2011
THE army has arrested four leaders of the Hill Students Council (PCP)
in Naniachar as boycott of classes in schools and colleges is being
enforced in the Chittagong Hill Tracts.
The PCP has called the boycott to press its demand for the right to
primary education in the national minorities’ own languages.
The PCP leaders were arrested from Naniachar Bazaar at 10am, said
Bilash Chakma, president of PCP Rangamati District unit.
They were on their way to Naniachar College to picket when a group of
army personnel from Naniachar zone picked them up.
The arrested PCP leaders are Anil Chakma, general secretary of PCP
Naniachar college unit, Shuddha Dhan Chakma, secretary for culture and
literature, Miton Chakma, finance secretary, and Noren Chakma, member
of PCP Naniachari Upazila unit.
PCP president Aongay Marma condemned the arrest and demanded their
immediate and unconditional release.