Vol. 4 Num 77 Tue. August 12, 2003  

Memo to Rangamati DC again
'Stop extortion, killings by PCJSS and UPDF'

The people of Naniarchar submitted another memorandum to the Rangamati Deputy Commissioner demanding immediate steps to stop rampant extortion, kidnapping and killings allegedly by armed activists of PCJSS and its rival UPDF.

The memo said about 20,000 people in the upazila are hostage to PCJSS (Parbattay Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity and UPDF (United Peoples Democratic Front).

The people of three unions in Naniarchar upazila will build a movement if their demand do not met, the memorandum submitted on Saturday said.

A team comprising Union Parishad chairmen and members, village headmen and local traders submitted the memo.

"If the administration fails to ensuring security to people, they will be compelled to resist the toll collectors and the government will be responsible for any untoward incident," the memo said.

Normal life in the area is being affected due to crimes by activists of the two organisations, it said.

Schools and colleges are affected. Three important markets at Gilachhori, Kutukchhori and T&T Bazar is virtually closed for one month now, it said.

The people had submitted another memo on July 17 demanding administrative action against crimes.

They also blocked the Rangamati-Mahalchhori-Khagrachhori road on July 16 to press their demand.

Meantime, three UPDF activists were killed in a exchange of fire with those of PCJSS at a village in Naniarchar on July 26.

On August 6, Additional Deputy Commissioner (general) Karim Gazi held a meeting with leaders of PCJSS and UPDF at Kutukchhori and urged them to stop fighting.

As night fell, armed activists of the two parties traded fire though no casualty was reported, said a source in the army.