UPDF calls blockade programme

Ref: United People’s Democratic Front (UPDF) has called a daylong road and water way blockade programme in the district on Monday in protest against Saturday’s killing of its members.

UPDF, an anti-peace accord organisation of indigenous people, announced the blockade programme in a press statement.

In the statement, they blamed the Santu Larma-led Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) for the killing of four people, including one of its central leaders, at Narechharhi of Barkal Upazila in the morning.

UPDF press secretary Sonamoni Chakma in the statement said the programme had been called protesting the killing of Animesh Chakma and three other UPDF members.

They also demanded the arrest and trial of Santu Group members and removal of Santu Larma from the regional council.

Police confirmed the death of one, though they earlier had confirmed the recovery of two bodies.

PCJSS, which had signed the 1997 peace accord with the government to end a decade-long bush war, however, denied the allegation.

Earlier, UPDF district leader Alokesh Chakma told reporters that central leader Animesh, Pulok Jibon Chakma, Nab Dwip Chakma and Krishna Bhushon Chakma were shot dead at a house in Narechharhi area around 8am by an armed gang.

Two other UPDF members managed to escape.

Barkal police sub-inspector Mohammad Shahid admitted the exchange of fire between two groups for and against the peace accord.

Police recovered the body of one Prabin Chakma, he said.

In a statement, PCJSS information and publicity deputy secretary Sajib Chakma said: “Jana Sanghati Samity always believes in democratic movement, not in that of arms.”

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