DYF Sajek committee formed


News No. 173/2010, December 02, 2010

A TWENTY-SIX member committee for Sajek unit of the Democratic Youth Forum was formed at the end of a youth conference held in Sajek Union in Rangamati district yesterday.

Chaired by Remin Chakma, president of DYF Khagrachari district unit, the conference was also addressed by Mithun Chakma, convenor of DYF central committee, Chikkodhan Chakma, convenor of DYF Baghaichari unit, Dipon Joti Chakma, president of DYF Dighinala unit, Subrata Tripura, PCP central committee leader, Rina Dewan, organising secretary of HWF, Gyanendu Chakma, convenor of Sajek Land Protection Committee and Ompika Chakma, convenor of Sajek Nari Samaj.

An estimated 1,500 people participated in the conference held at 11am at Gangaram Doar.

The speakers termed the 19 – 20 February attack Jumma villages in Sajek as preplanned, saying “the aim of this attack was to uproot the Jumma people from the area.”

The attack had left at least two persons dead and over four hundred houses burned to ashes.

They urged the Jumma youth to play a leading role in the struggle for the right to self-determination.

The speakers further said the government was still engaged in sinister plots to drive the Jumma people away from Sajek area.

“The army is still intimidating and coercing the people here.” one of the speakers said, adding, “we will resist any design to rob us of our hearts and homes.”

DYF leader Mithun Chakma said thirteen years have passed since the signing of the CHT accord but peace has not returned to the CHT.

He termed the accord “an instrument of surrender” and said such a document cannot serve the interest of the Jumma people.

Mithun severely criticized Santu Larma for allowing himself to be used as a pawn of the government and for helping every government in its design to destroy the Jummas using the Jummas.

He called upon all concerned to join in the struggle for full autonomy.

Remin Chakma urged the government to bring those involved in the 19 – 20 February Sajek attacks including army officers to justice, declare the CHT as a special autonomous area, provide constitutional recognition to the traditional land rights of the Jumma people, put an end to Operation Uttoran and withdraw the army from the CHT, rehabilitate the settlers outside the CHT and publish the inquiry report on the disappearance of Kalpana Chakma.

Later, the conference elected a 26-member committee for Sajek unit of the Democratic Youth Forum with Binoy Chakma as its president, Udayon Chakma as general secretary and Ripon Chakma as organizing secretary.



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