February 09, 2011
Jumma organisations have staged demonstrations in Khagrachari town as
well as many other Upazila townships to protest the arrest of Mikel
Chakma, member secretary of Democratic Youth Forum.
Mr Chakma was arrested by Rapid Action Battalion yesterday in Chittagong.
While the Hill Students Council, Hill Women’s Federation and
Democratic Youth Forum tried to bring out a protest procession from
Swanirbhor Bazaar today, the police blocked them.
The protesters then held a brief rally there.
The rally was addressed by Kyhlaching Marma, Rina Dewan and Shimon Chakma.
The speakers condemned the arrest of Mikel Chakma and termed the RAB
version of the arrest as misleading and a heap of lies.
They said nothing incriminating was found from his possession let
alone any firearms or drugs while he was arrested.
“Mikel Chakma was there to work towards making the April 1 DYF council
a success.” they added.
The leaders of the three UPDF-affiliated organisations demanded the
immediate and unconditional release of Mikel Chakma and an end to
repression of UPDF and its front organisations.
Similar protests were also held in Panchari, Dighinala, Mahalchari and
Press release by Bipul Chakma, office secretary, PCP Khagrachari district unit.