to visit the affected areas in Ramgarh and Manikchari.*
The team comprising over one hundred leaders and activists from different
organisations, led by Rabi Shankar Taluker, president of Khagrachari Jumma
Contractors Welfare Association, was blocked at Matiranga at noon.
It was carrying relief supplies in five jeeps for the victims of the 17
April communal attacks.
Mr Rabi Shankar Talukder expressed outrage at the behaviour of the army and
police and said, “They want the victims to die without food and shelter.”
Chief organiser of UPDF Khagrachari district unit, Pradipan Khisha,
condemned the government for refusing to allow the team to distribute relief
materials to the victims.
He termed the action of the government as inhuman and said, “It is
tantamount to a second attack on the Jumma victims of Ramgarh and
The relief team was also included Sorbottam Chakma, Upazila Chairman
Panchari; Jolotkar Chakma, Chairman of Logang Union; Monang Dewan,
Councilor, Khagrachari Municipality; Kiron Marma, ex-vice chairman of
Khagrachari Pourashava; Ranik Tripura, president of Khagrachari District
Karbari Association; Chonchu Moni Chakma, social activist; Natun Kumar
Chakma, president of Democratic Youth Forum; Rina Dewan, organising
secretary, Hill Women’s Federation; Apruchi Marma, president of PCP
Khagrachari district unit.