Manoram Chakma (45) and Bhuban Mohan Chakma (38) are the latest victims of abduction by the pro-accord armed group in the CHT. A group of 13 armed members of pro-accord group infiltrated to Dhudukchara area yesterday from India and abducted them today at 00.30 hours and took them to Gaditanakhola via no. 1 dyke and Kangurung Para, south of Narikel Bagan of Dambur lake area of South Tripura District. Four reliable sources claim the facts to the CHT Voice today.
The abductors asked Mr. Manoram Chakma (a petty shopkeeper, S/o late Rebati Ranjan Chakma, Village: Dhudukchara, Logang Union, Panchari Police Station, Khagarachari Hill District, Chittagong Hill Tracts Region, Bangladesh and elder brother of Sarbottom Chakma, sitting Upazila Chairman of Panchari Upazila of Khagarachari Hill District) to open his shop for cigarettes giving some identity. He was rounded up when he opened the shop. He, his mother (Suddhamati Chakma, 70 years) and her daughter, Pabli Chakma, 20 years were physically assaulted.
Bhuban Mohan Chakma (brother-in-law of Manoram and S/o Mr. Surakarma Chakma, sitting Union Council Member of no. 2 Ward of Logang Union) and also President of Rice Distribution Project Committee for Logang Union under Government’s free ration distribution for India returned Jumma refugees was also abducted.
Mahendrasen Chakma, 35 yrs (S/o Namadish Chandra Chakma, a JSS ex-combatant, Village: Bara Macchochara, Logang Union), a JSS ex-combatant and Akkhar Chakma, 25 yrs (S/o Rupasen Chakma, ex-UP Member, Village: Rupasen Para, Logang Union who enrolled him to the group 2 months ago) were with the armed group. Mahendra now lives in South Tripura (Jharjari village under Nutan Bazar Police Station) with his family and actively engaged in harboring the pro-accord armed group in Gandachara and Raishabari Police Stations in India. He used to shuttle between a particular bungalow at Rangamati town and Tripura State of India. Since he does not visit the bungalow now, hence, sends his father-in-law, (Manoranjan Chakma, known as Manu Master of Feni area under Matiranga Police Station) and a few others regularly. Last week Manu Master visited this bungalow at Rangamati.
It is believed that commander Indu, 45 yrs (Bijoy Kumar Chakma alias Bijimua, an ex-combatant, Village: Pakojjyachari, Bhaibonchara Union, Khagarachari Sadar Upazila) is involved in the abduction, as he leads the group which is now using Indian soil in Riashabari and Gandachara Police Stations. Moreover, he gave a call to Shindhu Kumar Chakma Ayaton (ex-combatant who hails from Panchari Upazila) today at around 5.30pm and warned him about serious consequences through his men’s planned actions in Panchari Upazila as he is not accompanying them to Panchari area because his weight gain. His home land phone in India is +91-3826290679.
Indu moved from Mizoram border in Sajek valley to Maini upper (north of Naraichari BDR camp and east of Gandachara Police Station of South Tripura District) during last monsoon with a group of about 35 persons and about 22 automatic weapons with a view to get shelter in India for infiltrating in Panchari area of Khagarachari Hill District, to revenge against UPDF and anti-Santu JSS. It now seems that Indu has been able manage some footing in Raishyabari Police Station and now started his “operations” for money through abductions and killings.
Indu has kept his wife and family at Toichakma village under Gandachara Police Station in India. He has marital tie with Indian citizens (Chakma) through his son’s marital connection.
The abductors have been maintaining contacts for ransom through cell phone from border area. It has been learnt that at around 8pm they demanded 1.5 million taka (1 million for Manoram Chakma and 500,000 taka for Bhuban Mohan Chakma) as ransom which has been regretted by the relatives because of their inability. One inhabitant of Panchari area tells the CHT Voice a while ago that the abduction has been conducted purely for money. He fears that it can take worst turn if the hostages are not released unhurt.