'Stop activities of CHT land dispute body, withdraw Justice Khadem'
|Hill people bring out a procession in Khagrachhari town yesterday demanding cancellation of the hearing process of CHT Land Dispute Resolution Commission and withdrawal of the commission's Chairman Justice (retd) Khademul Islam Chowdhury.Photo: STAR|
They made the demands at a rally held on the premises of Sadar upazila parishad office in Khagrachhari town yesterday.
Chaired by Sarbauttam Chakma, President of Nirbachito Jumma Janapratinidi Sangsad and also the chairman of Panchhari Upazila Parishad, the rally was addressed, among others, by United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) leader Sajib Chakma, President of Khagrachhari Karbari Association Ranik Tripura, Secretary of CHT Jumma Refugee Welfare Association Santoshita Chakma Bakul and Nirbachito Jumma Janapratinidi Sangsad member Milan Dewan Monang .
The speakers demanded recognition of the traditional land law of the hill people and amendments to CHT Land Dispute Resolution Commission Act 2001.
Terming the commission's hearing one-sided, they said a conspiracy is on to give legal recognition of those lands which were illegally occupied by the settlers from the hill people.
They requested the government to stop what they said controversial activities of the commission until the amendments to the land commission act are made.
Hundreds of hill people, carrying banners and placards, joined the rally. They also took out a procession in Khagrachhari town and paraded the main streets.
Democratic Youth Forum, a front organisation of United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) will besiege the office of Chittagong Hill Tracts Land Dispute Resolution Commission in Khagrachhari town at 10:00am today to press the same demands.
The forum announced the programme through a press release singed by its central office secretary Nikolas Chakma yesterday noon.