BANDARBAN/ RANGAMATI, NOV 22: A human chain has been formed and rally has been held in Bandarban and strike has been called protesting the visit of CHT Commission in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) area recently. Our Bandarban Correspondent reports: A human chain was formed in front of Bandarban Press Club and a protest rally was held on the road of Bandarban district town on November 20 morning.
The human chain and the rally were organised by Bandarban district unit of Parboitya Bangali Parishad. Manjurul Alam, Faruk Ahmed, Karman Faruk and Muhammad Selim, leaders of Parboitya Bangali Parishad, spoke in the protest rally.
Speakers urged the government to stop all the communal activities of CHT Commission, formed by UNDP and some non-government organisations in three hill districts, works immediately.
The leaders said in the rally that CHT Commission and some other NGOs were working to establish only the rights of the tribal people depriving the Bangali people.
Our Rangamati Correspondent adds: Parboitya Bangali Chhatra Parishad has called roads and waterways strike on November 24 in the four upazilas of Rangamati district protesting the visit of CHT Commission to Chittagong hill tracts. The upazilas are Mahalchhari, Naniarchar, Cowkhali and Baghaichhari in the district.
Two separate statements, signed by Al Arafat Sabuj, publicity secretary of Rangamati Parbotiya Bangali Chhatra Parishad central committee, and Md Sohel, office secretary of the committee, confirmed the strike.
According to the statement, the commission is intriguing against the communal harmony of the hill tracts. It also informed that the commission would pay a four-day visit to the hill tracts from November 22.
Earlier, dawn-to-dusk road strike was observed on November 21 in Ramgarh, Manikchhari and Matiranga of Khagrachhari protesting the visit.
The statement also said that the commission was trying to remove Bangalis from the hill tracts area and to deprive them of other facilities. The PBCP would go for tougher movement if the work of the commission goes on.
Again, PBCP has observed roads and waterways strike in three upazilas of Rangamati district protesting the commission’s visit.