30 Injured During Chittagong Hill Tracts Blockade


At least 30 people, including 25 police, were injured as the United People’s Democratic Front enforced road and waterway blockade in Khagrachari on Monday.
The regional political parity in the Chittagong Hill Tracts enforced the dawn-to-dusk blockade pressing for cancellation of the 15th amendment to the constitution and stoppage of land grabbing in the name of reserve forest in the hill tracts and conspiracy to evict 50 tribal families from Melapro Karbaripara of Ramgarh upazila in Khagrachari.
Middle-aged woman Chanchala Chakma received bullet injuries in her abdomen and was rushed to Khagrachari sadar hospital in a critical condition. Later, she was shifted to Chittagong Medical College Hospital.
The UPDF activists were seen picketing at different points of major roads in Khagrachari from early Monday. They set tyres on fire and took position on major roads connected with the district headquarters.
They also removed slabs from a bridge of Sapmara area in the morning.
Witnesses said that 30 people were injured during a clash in Khubongpuriya area near Khagrachhari district headquarters.
The clash erupted as the police tried to disperse the pickets at about noon.
Panic gripped the dwellers of the areas when the law enforcers opened fire and tear gas shells.
The police superintendent in Khagrachari, Sheikh Mizanur Rahman, told New Age that 25 police personnel including additional police superintendent Joynul Abedin sustained injuries during the clash.
‘The police controlled the situation by using rubber bullets and tear gas shells,’ he added.
The deputy commissioner in Khagrachari, Masud Karim, said that a platoon of Border Guard Bangladesh was deployed in Khagrachhari town to avert violence.
UPDF youth forum secretary Michel Chakma said that the police opened fires on the UPDF activists and villagers while they were observing the blockade peacefully.

Source: New Age
Image: UNPO