Bangladesh: PM Sheikh Hasina calls for peace in the Hill Tracts

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday called for peace in the Chittagong Hill Tracts which has witnessed revenge killings by unidentified armed groups.

“Make it sure peace prevails there [in hills]… we do want that. All must maintain a congenial atmosphere. This is not important who is Pahari [indigenous] and who is Bangalee,” she said, according to The Daily Star.

Ms Hasina further said all people have to be treated as human being and everybody has basic rights to enjoy. “We have to fulfill those rights of people,” she said.

At least 18 people have been killed in conflicts in the last 5 months in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, according to a report.

The latest was the killing of United People’s Democratic Front-Democratic President Tapan Jyoti Chakma and four others on 4 May by unidentified gunmen when they were going to attend funeral of Naniarchar Upazila Chairman Shaktimaan Chakma, a leader of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (MN Larma), who was killed a day earlier.

At least four armed groups are operating in the CHTs – Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (JSS), JSS (MN Larma), United People’s Democratic Front (UPDF) and UPDF-Democratic.

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