February 4, 2023, 9:02 pm

25th Anni Peace Accord: PCJSS demands for full execution of CHT Accord

Desk Report: Leaders of Parbattya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) and its front organisations on Friday reiterated their demand for fully implementation of the historic Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) accord.

Without full-scale implementation of the deal, bringing an amicable solution toward the problems of CHT region is never possible, they said.

Lamenting, ethnic leaders said that twenty five years have elapsed after signing the accord, but most of the fundamental clauses were not executed. Only 25 provisions out of  75 were executed  so far. As a result, mistrust, disappointment and grave concern has been prevailing among the hilly people both Bengali and jumma communities, they said.

In the name of curbing terrorism in hills, forces of the government implicating in false cases of our PCJSS leaders and workers. Security personnel everyday harassing, torturing and killing our people, claimed leaders.

As part of conspiracy, the government is trying to destroy the PCJSS and jumma people as per it blue print, they blamed.

PCJSS leaders were addressing in a programme organised by Rangamati district unit PCJSS to mark the 25th anniversary of landmark CHT accord held at Samit Roy Stadium in the town.

Ushatan Talukder, vice-president of central PCJSS, addressed the gathering as the chief guest while doctor Gonga manik Chakma, presdient of PCJSS, district unit, chaired the programme.

The rally was also addressed, among others, by president of MN Larma Memorial Foundation, Bijoy Keton Chakma, Bangladesh Adivasi Forum, CHT Chapter, Prakriti Ranjan Chakma, general secreatry of Bangladesh Juba Union, Khan Asaduzzaman Masum, vice-president of CHT Headmen Network, advocate Bhabatosh Dewan, organising secretary of CHT Mohila Samity, Moni Chakma, general secretary of Hill Women’s Federation, Shanti Debi Tanchangya, assistant organising secretary of PCJSS, Rangamati unit, Arun Tripura and president of CHT Pahari Chhatra Parishad (PCP), central unit, Sumon Marma.

In his speech, former lawmaker Ushatan Talukder said that the problem in CHT is a political problem. So, it must be solved politically. In this regard, an amicable solution is needed toward this long standing problem.

As  the CHT accord is remained unimplemented, the enthnic people are passing their days amidst insecurity in hills, said Ushatan.

But the government now terming the Santu Larma and his party as a terrorist and extortionist organisation. My point is that if Larma is a terrorist and his party PCJSS is a terrorist organisation, why did the government sign the peace treaty with such an organisation, pointed out Ushatan.

He further said jumma people will never do anything that harm the country and its sovereignty. Rather, they will work for the welfare of the country, he said, adding that ethnic people learnt how to struggle and survive from the past and no one conspiracy defeat us by any means.  By killing and torturing on our people, our ongoing movement could not be stopped. Our agitation will continue until full implementation of the landmark CHT accord, he, said,

He urged the government to come forward with political good will to resolve problems in hills as early as possible through full implementation of the accord.

Rangamati Hill District Council authority organised a rally from College gate to the premises of Rangamati Ethnic Cultural Institute to mark the 25th anniversary and held a discussion meeting at the auditorium there.

A concert was jointly organised by RHDC and Rangamati Brigade at Marry Stadium at evening.