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PCJSS/JSS key persons:
Sudha Sindhu Khisa, President/ Rupayan Dewan, Vice President,/Tatindra Lal Chakma, General Secretary/. Responsibility shouldered on 11 July 2013.

Background: The present central committee was elected on 11 July 2013, on the 2nd day of the 3-day long 10th PCJSS national conference. The earlier committee (convening committee) was formed on 10th April 2010 when Mr. Santu Larma convened the 9th national conference (29-31 March 2010) in sheer violation of the party constitution and excluded a few hundred veteran leaders and members and also "formally" expelled 7 top veteran leaders (Chandra Sekhar Chakma, Sudhasindhu Khisa, Rupayan Dewan, Tatindra Lal Chakma, Eng. Mrinal Kanti Tripura, Advocate Shaktiman Chakma and Binoy Krishna Khisa) and also declared their capital punishment. The present leadership is determined to democratise the JSS under a collective leadership.

"The world suffers a lot not because of the violence of the bad people, But because of the silence of the good people." Napoleon (1769-1821).

Monday, September 24, 2012

Rangamati ethnic cleansing: covered by two national dailies


Covered by the Prothom Alo:

Prothom Alo, Dhaka, page 1, Sept 23, 2012. Bangali-indigenous people clash, section 144 at Rangamati. Web:

Prothom Alo, Rangamati, editorial, 24 Sept 2012. Ethnic cleansing at Rangamati: Identify and suppress the perpetrators.

ঢাকা, সোমবার, ২৪ সেপ্টেম্বর ২০১২

দুষ্কৃতকারীদের চিহ্নিত করে দমন করুন
রাঙামাটিতে জাতিগত সন্ত্রাস

পার্বত্য চট্টগ্রামের রাঙামাটিতে একদল বাঙালির হাতে বেশ কয়েকজন আদিবাসী পাহাড়ি হামলার শিকার হয়েছেন। ঘটনার শুরু রাঙামাটি কলেজের এক বাঙালি এক আদিবাসী ছাত্রের মধ্যে হাতাহাতি থেকে। এক কলেজের দুজন ছাত্রের মধ্যকার হাতাহাতি থেকে দলবদ্ধ জাতিগত সংঘাত জন্ম নেওয়া থেকে বোঝা যায়, বাঙালি-আদিবাসী সম্পর্কের জমি যথেষ্টই উত্তপ্ত হয়ে আছে। ঘটনায় ৬০ জন আহত হলেও পর্যন্ত কেউ গ্রেপ্তার হয়নি বা মামলা করা হয়নি কারও বিরুদ্ধে।

আদিবাসী এক ছাত্রের সঙ্গে বিরোধের জের ধরে রাঙামাটি কলেজের বাঙালি ছাত্রটি বহিরাগতদের সঙ্গে নিয়ে কলেজে হামলা চালালে ছাত্ররা জাতিগত ভিত্তিতে বিভক্ত হয়ে যায়। তবে কলেজের ঘটনাটিকে সংঘর্ষ বলা গেলেও কলেজের বাইরে যা ঘটেছে তা সোজাসাপ্টা জাতিবিদ্বেষী হামলা। বাঙালি আদিবাসী উভয় পক্ষ সড়কে অবরোধ সৃষ্টি করে। সেনাবাহিনী এবং পুলিশ সংঘর্ষ-পরিস্থিতি সামাল দিতে ব্যর্থ হয়। তাদের উপস্থিতি সত্ত্বেও শহরজুড়ে বিভিন্ন স্থানে আদিবাসীরা নির্বিচার হামলার শিকার হয়। উত্তেজিত কিছু বাঙালি স্থানীয় ইউপি চেয়ারম্যানদের সভায় হামলা করে বেশ কয়েকজন আদিবাসী জনপ্রতিনিধিকে মারধর করে। প্রায় দেড় হাজার বাঙালি বনরূপা বাজারে আদিবাসীদের ওপর সন্ত্রাসী কর্মকাণ্ড চালায়। কয়েকটি আদিবাসী বসতিতেও হামলা করা হয়। জেলা প্রশাসনের হস্তক্ষেপ এবং পুলিশের তরফে ১৪৪ ধারা জারি হলে দুষ্কৃতকারীদের দৌরাত্ম্য কমে। সেই ১৪৪ ধারা এখনো চলছে এবং পরিস্থিতিকে কোনোভাবেই শান্ত বলা যায় না।

ঘটনার বিবরণ বলছে, বিষয়টি আদিবাসী বনাম বাঙালিদের সংঘর্ষ নয়, বরং একতরফা বাঙালিদের তরফে আদিবাসীদের ওপর হামলার ঘটনাই সেখানে ঘটেছে। পুলিশ ঘটনায় একজনকেও গ্রেপ্তার করতে পারল না বা কারও বিরুদ্ধে মামলাও হলো না?
বাঙালিদের সংখ্যাগরিষ্ঠতার সুযোগ নিয়ে কতিপয় দুষ্কৃতকারীর পক্ষে সংখ্যাগরিষ্ঠ বাঙালিদের বোকা বানিয়ে সহিংসতায় উসকে দেওয়াও নতুন নয়। পার্বত্য চট্টগ্রামে পাহাড়ি বাঙালিদের মধ্যে শান্তি নিছক চুক্তির ব্যাপার নয়। উভয় সম্প্রদায়ের মানুষকেই নিজেদের ভেতরকার হিংসা মোকাবিলায় আত্মসচেতন হতে হবে। দুষ্কৃতকারীদের পাতা ফাঁদে পা না দিয়ে এবং প্রশাসনের তরফে তাদের দমনের মাধ্যমে শান্তির শর্ত সৃষ্টিই এখনকার কাজ।

New Age, Dhaka, national, page 5

Uneasy calm reigns in Rangamati
24 September, 2012

Our Correspondent . Rangamati

An uneasy clam reigned in Rangamati on Sunday, a day after a sectarian violence between the settlers and national minority people in the town in which 60 were injured, with most people staying indoors, shops and businesses remaining closed and troops patrolling the streets amid a ban on gathering.
Stray incidents of attacking individuals took place in a few neighbourhoods  amid an eerie silence all over.
The authorities have closed down the Technical Training Centre for an indefinite period.
Organisations of hill people went on demonstrations in Dhaka, Khagrachari and many upazila headquarters in Khagrachari and Rangamati demanding punishment of the people behind the sectarian violence.
The authorities also banned unlawful assembly and carrying firearms at Naniarchar to head off trouble as organs of the United People’s Democratic Front were planning to hold protests against Saturday’s violence in Rangamati.
The Rangamati unit of Bangladesh Medical Association abstained from work beginning Sunday in protest at attack on physicians, including Rangamati health officer Sushobhan Chakma, in Saturday’s violence.
The association president, Uday Sankar Chakma, announced the work abstention at a news conference at in the town. He said that emergency units in hospitals would be out of the purview of the work abstention.
Elected local government representatives of the three hill districts announced that they would skip offices for 10 days in protest at the attack on the union council chairmen’s conference during the violence in Rangamati on Saturday.
Rumours ran high in the town about continued violence but the police and hospital sources could confirm a few incidents. Dinesh Tangchangya was attacked by a settler young man near the general hospital in the morning and he was admitted to the hospital.
At Kalindipur, tension brewed over news that the Bengalis were planning to attack hill people but security people intervened immediately thwarting any possibility of clashes.
A Bengali young man, Ramzan Ali, alleged that some hill people had beaten him near the Technical Training Centre.
The Kotwali police officer-in-charge, Saiful Islam Choudhury, said that the situation was under control but people were panicked and frightened.
In Khagachari, Pahari Chhatra Parishad, Hill Women’s Federation and Democratic Youth Forum jointly organised a rally denouncing the attack on innocent hill people in the Rangamati town.
They said that the attack was planned to ruin the economic backbone of the hill people and force them live in fear. Photographs and video clips show that Bengali settlers were moving about freely carrying weapons but the police did not arrest any of them.
Leaders of the organisations, all associate bodies of the UPDF, also asked the Chittagong Hill Tracts Regional Council chairman, Jyotirindra Bodhipriya Larma, to step down in protest at the attack. The UPDF Khagrachari organiser Ricoh Chakma, Hill Women’s Federation president Konika Dewan, Pahari Chhatra Parishad general secretary Thuiyaching Marma and Democratic Youth Forum central leader Zico Tripura spoke at the rally.
They also said that they were trying to go on demonstrations at Naniarchar but alleged that the administration had not allowed them to do so.
The upazila nirbahi officer, Kazi Mahbubul Alam, said they had banned gathering in the place till 5:00pm Sunday to keep order.
The Indigenous Students’ Association at Jahangirnagar University brought out a procession denouncing the attack on hill people in Rangamati.

New Age, Dhaka, Main News

23 September, 2012

Rangamati tense

60 injured as hill people, settlers clash, army called in, ban slapped on gatherings

Abdullah Juberee and Selina Sumi

The administration in Rangamati town called in troops and imposed Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, banning any kind of gathering for an indefinite period after a violent clash spread across the hill-town between hill people and Bengali settlers that left at least 60 persons injured, dozens of vehicles and households damaged and torched on Saturday.
The violence was caused by a trifling altercation between Bengali and hill students at Rangamati Government College and soon turned into a violent clash as outsiders from both the sides joined the melee.
The clash immediately spread across the town and almost became a sectarian riot after rumours were floated that people had been killed. Both the Bengalis and hill people attacked each other in all the major neighbourhoods in the small town, prompting the administration to call in troops to restore order.
The major business establishments, offices, and even private hospitals and chambers of physicians on both sides of the main road of the town were damaged. Violence was most intense in business hub Banarupa, College Gate, Kalindipur and Majherpara of Tabalchhari.
The authorities closed down the Rangamati Government College for an indefinite period following the violence in which some teachers were injured and the principal’s office totally damaged.
Several hundred Bengali settlers attempted to attack Banarupa marketplace and an adjacent village and some leaders of the Awami League and BNP tried to stop them. As they were paying no heed, the patrolling troops threatened to shoot anyone moving.
Among the injured around 40 people were taken to the Rangamati Combined Military Hospital and others to the Rangamati General Hospital. Ten critically injured persons were shifted to the Chittagong Medical College Hospital including physician Sushobhan Dewan.
Bengalis also attacked the upazila complex where the local government representatives of the hill districts were holding a conference. At least ten chairmen of union councils were injured in the attack and one of them, Arun Chakma, chairman of Mogban Union, went missing.
The chairmen were Paritosh Chakma of Babuchhara, Mongol Chakma of Longudu, Shombhu Tanchangya of Roangchhari, Sanu Pru Marma of Sualok, Thoairing Marma of Chitmorom, Chaila Pru Marma of Koalang, Uchi Pru Marma of Hafchhari, Chandra Ranjan Chakma of Dighinala, Bishwa Kalyan Chakma of Kobakhali, and Chuinu Pru Marma of Sindukchhari.
The administration announced enforcement of Section 144 throughout the town through megaphones at around 1:00pm as violence was continuing to intensify.
Teams of military, Border Guard Bangladesh and police personnel were patrolling the city and not allowing more than two persons to gather. All vehicular movement stopped on the local and inter-district roads.
Panic gripped the entire town and students trapped in schools went home by special arrangements.
Rangamati’s police superintendent, Masud ul Hassan, said the situation calmed down somewhat after Section 144 was imposed. He said the clash ensued from a trifling dispute in the college and later spread throughout the town.
The principal of Rangamati Government College, Banchita Chakma, said he could not understand exactly what caused the sectarian violence among his students that spread outside the college. He said a huge number of outsiders joined the clash from both sides and did not pay any heed to their request to calm down. ‘They even attacked my students and colleagues who were in classrooms,’ he said, adding at least a dozen students and two teachers, Samir Kanti Nath and Dhiman Barua, sustained severe injuries.
Executive magistrate Saiful Islam said Section 144 would be in force till normalcy returns.
Meanwhile, the Pahari Chhatra Parishad brought out a procession at Dhaka University in the afternoon in protest against the ‘planned attack’ on hill people in Rangamati. The protesters held a rally before Aparajeya Bangla.
The Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samiti condemned the attack on hill people and demanded exemplary punishment of the people responsible for it. ‘It was nothing but part of the conspiracy of vested interest groups who are eager to see the Chittagong Hill Tracts become violent,’ said the party’s information secretary, Mangal Kumar Chakma.
The United People’s Democratic Front said the attack was a planned one and the silence of the police proves this. ‘The police remained curious onlookers and did not try to contain the clashers. Such extensive damage could have been prevented if proper steps had been taken by the administration,’ said Sachib Chakma, member of the party’s central committee.

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