Security personnel detained a number of five people belonging to indigenous Chakama community in Rangamati.
A team of army personnel in a raid detained a member of United People’s Democratic Front (UPDF) along with a fire arms and ammunitions from remote Korolyachhari village in Sajek union under Baghaichhari upazila in Rangamati Hill district early hours on Monday.
The detainee was identified as Rimen Chakma, 25, son of Santu Moni Chakma of village Dharaj Karbaripara in Bangaltoli union in same upazila.
Acting on a tip off, a team of security forces from Baghaihat Zone conducted a raid at Korolyachhari area at around 4:00am on Monday. Security men cordoned off an abandoned house in the jungle and captured Rinel Chakma, recovering a pistol with two rounds of live bullets from his possession.
Later, he was handed over to Baghaichhari police station on the same day.
“We operated the drive after receiving specific information about the presence of some members of UPDF who had been staying there and extorting money from people over the past couple of days. And we nabbed one with a fire arms and ammunitions from the spot,” said Lt Col Golam Azam, commander of Baghaihat zone.
Drives will be continued to capture other members of that group, he added. Meanwhile, four warranted accused were arrested by Kawkhali police from a house at College area in Kawkhali upazila on Monday night.
They were identified as Samoresh Chakma alias Samrat,27, son of Jatin Chakma of village Bara Navanga, Mansion Chakma, 22, son of Shashi Bhusion Chakma of village Kolabunia, Liton Chakma, 32, son of Laxmi Dhan Chakma of village Porapara and Adision Chakma,18, son of Jyotirmoy Chakma of village Chhoto Navanga. They all were from Kawkhali upazila in Rangamati.
Receiving secret information, joint forces comprising army and police raided at College area and detained the four from a house where they were sleeping together at around 1:00am, said officer in-charge of Kakhali police station Monjur Alam.
They all were sent to Rangamati jail after producing them in the Chief Judicial Magistrate’s court on same day, added the OC.
In a press release, UPDF condemned the arrest of their leader and activists by the law enforcers and security personnel yesterday. The release signed by Niron Chakma, claimed that those were by security members were innocent. As part of ulterior motive, the government by it forces trying to destroy UPDF and marring the peaceful election environment of upcoming 11th parliamentary polls in hills.