delegation wanted to have the meeting at Baghaichari
rest house run by Rangamati Hill District Council and this venue was regretted by
PCJSS on security reason. The rest house is located adjacent to the Baghaichari
bazar populated by Bengali Moslems. The communal tension which was recently
erupted after the murder of Abdus Sattar is still waiting for normalcy. AL
About a 20-member Awami League delegation led by Mr. Mahbubur Rahman, Awami League district vice president and also a CHT Regional Council member met the PCJSS represented by Mr. Angshuman Chakma, General Secretary of Rangamati district committee. Mr. Sudarshan Chakma, vice president of JSS Rangamati district committee and Upazila Chairman was also present in the meeting. Beyond a few
level JSS leaders some
key persons of Baghaichari Upazila having no political colours were kept
present in the meeting by JSS. Thana
Sri Angshuman Chakma, General Secretary of PCJSS Rangamati district committee and a PC JSS returnee through the CHT Accord. He is seen on the right after removing AK47 bullet from his arm succumbed during an assult by pro-accord armed band patronised by Mr. Larma on 21 June in 2009 (http://chtvoice.blogspot.com/2010/05/brother-kills-brother.html).
Sri Rupayan Dewan, PCJSS Co-Chairperson received a telephone call from Mr. Mahbub on 1st January night and was requested for his “Dowa” as Mr. Mahbub was leaving Rangamati next day for Baghaichari to cover the Baghaichari municipality election. Sri Angshuman raised the issue
The Baghaichari Bazar area populated by Bengali Moslems received a municipality in 2001 and its first election is scheduled on 8th instant after long 11/12 years; with 4 Bengali Moslem mayoral candidates from AL, BNP, CHT Sama Odhikar Andolan and BNP-Sama Odhikar school of thought. It surprises that neither AL nor BNP has fielded even a single Jumma candidate in municipality commissioner seats. However, the JSS and community leaders have been trying to help return 4 Jumma commissioners. JSS arranged a meeting yesterday with 20 community leaders and elders from each concerned community for taking a common decision in favour of a mayoral candidate.
The total voters of Baghichari municipality are 8, 515 and Jumma voters are 1,356 while Hindu (with a few Barua voters) voters are 500+. Total voters of Baghaichari Upazila was 54,000 during last Upazila elections and out of this number Bengali Moslems were 14,000. To dilute this absolute 40,000 Jumma voters a vested quarter within the government machineries have been engaged in a secret move to transfer Baghaichari Upazila to Khagarachari Hill District since the last 2-year long state emergency.