Courtesy: The Daily Star, Dhaka, Nov 29, 2011.
An activist of a reformist group of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) was shot dead in Baghaichhari upazila of Rangamati early Tuesday.
The deceased is Jyoti Bikash Chakma alias Sumon, 32, a resident of Poshchim New Lallyaghona in Rupokari union in the upazila, reports our Rangamati correspondent.
Sumon was a member of Rupokari union committee of the reformist group MN Larma, police said.
Locals said Sumon went to stay over at a relative’s house at Dajarpara, 10km off Baghaichhari upazila headquarters, on Sunday.
Around 1:00am Tuesday, an armed gang numbering eight stormed into the house and opened fire, killing Sumon on the spot.
The criminals fled the scene after confirming Sumon’s death, said Nayeem Uddin, officer-in-charge of Baghachhari Police Station, quoting locals.
On information, Baghaichhari police recovered the body around 10:00am and sent it to Khagrachhari Sadar Hospital morgue for autopsy.
Victim’s wife Amar Bala filed a case with Baghaichhari Police Station accusing 14 people including seven by name.
Rajendra Lal Chakma, president of MN Larma faction of Baghaichhari unit, in a press release blamed Santu Larmas’ pro-peace treaty faction for the killing.
He strongly condemned the murder and demanded arrest and exemplary punishment of the killers.
Sajib Chakma, assistant information secretary of the PCJSS, refuted the allegation.
“We believe in the democratic process not in politically motivated killings,” Sajib said.
Internal conflict may be the reason behind the killing, he added.