April 27, 2018, Friday
SIX Jummas were injured, one of them seriously, on Thursday in attacks on Higher Secondary Certificate examinees carried out separately by an army-backed JSS Reformist group and Bengali settlers in Khagrachari town.
The first attack by JSS Reformists took place at 1:30 p.m. in front of the Cantonment’s canteen as the Jumma students were returning home after attending an examination in Khagrachari Cantonment Public School and College.
Those that took part in the attack included, among others, Dipon Chakma, Bipul Chakma, Jonal Chakma, Bijoy Chakma, Arpon Chakma, Mohamuni Chakma, Atra Chakma, Omlan Chakma and Uttom Tripura, a Hill Students’ Council (PCP) press release said.
The attackers were armed with pistols, machetes, sticks and bicycle chains.
Four or five more were also injured, including their CNG auto rickshaw driver.
The second attack took place a few minutes later near Chengi Square after they were rescued by other students.
Members of the Bangali Chattra Porishod (Bengali Students’ Council), an ultra communal outfit of the illegal Bengali settlers, carried out the attack, the PCP press release said.
‘Ten to twelve settler youths led by Bijoy Das, Johny Dey and Ashraful took part in the attack’, it added.
Earlier on April 16, the army-backed terrorists had attempted to kidnap Debashish Chakma, a HSC examinee, from in front of the cantonment canteen.
He could not attend the remaining exams because both the college authority and the local administration had failed to address his security concern following the attack on him.
News No. 51/2018