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‘Mass Human Chain’ forms in CHT

Full implementation of CHT accord demanded

CHTJ Desk: Demanding complete implementation of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) accord immediately and a separate independent land commission for the plain land ethnic people, the associated organisations of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sangahti Samity (PCJSS), on Monday formed a 300km long “Mass Human Chain” in three hill districts---Rangamati, Banadarban and Khagrachhari.

The human chain was held from at Ghundum in Bandarban to Dhudukchhara in Khagrachhari via Rangamati from at 10:00am to 11:00am.

Bangladesh Adivasi Forum, Jatiya Adivasi Parishad, CHT Citizen Committee, CHT Headmen Network, Kapeeng Foundation, Bangladesh Adivasi Nari Network, Pahari Chhatra Parishad (PCP) and Bangladesh Adivasi Cultural Forum, Adivasi Nari Parishad, Adivasi Juba Parishad along with more other affiliated bodies organised the programme.

In Rangamati, the human chain was formed from at New Court Building to Kaptai via Asambasti in the town. Tens of thousands of ethnic people men and women were participated spontaneously in the first ever 300 kilometers long ‘Mass Human Chain’ programme holding with placards, banners and festoons.

Ethnic people stood in a long queue with holding placards in which written as No rest until full implementation of CHT accord, ensure constitutional recognition of ethnic people, preserve CHT as a jumma inhabited region, stop land grabbing in the name of development, withdrawal of all temporary security camps and rehabilitate the internally displaced jumma people.

A rally was held at New Court Building area where president of Bangladesh Adivasi Forum, CHT chapter, Prakriti Ranjan Chakma, president of CHT Nagorik Committe (citizen body), Gautam Dewan and member of national human rights commission, Nirupa Dewan spoke on the occasion.

Speakers urged the government to completely execute the accord with a possible short time, recognition of the ethnic people as indigenous in the constitution, forthwith postponement of all ongoing activity for setting up Rangamati science and technology university and medical college.

Threatening the government, they said tougher agitation programme will be announced if their demands go unheeded.

In Bandarban, same event was held from Ghundhum of Naikhiyangchhari via Bhaichhari and Chimbuk to in front of Press Club in the district town.

Jumliana Amlai, president of CHT Nagorik Committee and Donai Prue Neli, chairperson of Bangladesh Human Rights Commission spoke on the occasion.

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