Eleven arrested for injuring army men in Dighinala
17 March 2015, Nirapad News: The indigenous people yesterday enforced a daylong transport strike in Dighinala of the district in protest against army’s shooting on a march towards the local BGB establishment on Sunday.
During the strike, no highway buses left the town as the demonstrators put barricade on Khagrachhari-Dighinala road with logs. A large number of police, BGB and army was deployed at different important spots of the area.
Police on Sunday arrested 11 indigenous people including a female college student named Nilu Barua in a case filed over injuring army men during Sunday’s clash.
Dighinala police filed the case alleging that eight army personnel had been injured when the indigenous people, being obstructed, pelted bricks at them.
They were arrested during drives by the law enforcers in different areas. A Khagrachhari court sent them to jail when the police produced them before it yesterday morning.
Army’s Dighinala Zone Adjutant Captain Towhidul Islam earlier said eight army personnel sustained injuries in a clash that had taken place around 12:30pm in Karbari Para area. He, however, could not give identities of the injured, who were released after primary treatment.
No case has been filed over the torture of two indigenous people grade X student Subikash Chakma and Tridib Chakma by the army personnel. Six other hill people including Shushil Bikash Chakma, Rabi Ranjan Chakma and Lalon Chakma were also injured.
The march was organised under the banner of Dighinala Land Protection Committee. Members of different indigenous groups including Pahari Chhatra Parishad and Democratic Youths’ Forum participated in the march demanding relocation of the BGB headquarters and withdrawal of the false case filed against the indigenous people last year.
The committee also demands that the 21 families who had been evicted last year to build the BGB’s 51 battalion headquarters in Dighinala defying a High Court status quo be given their land back.