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Top UPDF leader Ananda Chakma held

Published : Monday, 25 February, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 774

Law enforcers arrested central UPDF leader Ananda Prakash Chakma from Dhaka on Sunday afternoon. Members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) said Ananda had been arrested on charge of killing Rangamati Naniarchar Upazila Parishad Chairman Shaktiman Chakma, UPDF (Democratic) Chief Tapan Jyoti Chakma Barma and four others in Rangamati last year. RAB-2 Company Commander Maj Mohammad Ali told The daily Observer that a team of law enforcers arrested Ananda Prakash during an ongoing operation in city's Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area on Sunday.

"Ananda had been absconding since the murder at his daughter's home in the Agargaon Staff Colony. A RAB team took up position in the area last night after receiving a tip. Ananda is the central Office Secretary of the Prasit Khisha-led UPDF faction. According to the Parbatya Chattogram Janasanghati Samity (JSS) and the United Peoples' Democratic Front reformist faction, he had carried out the murders on the instruction of the organization. Prasit Bikash Khisha formed the UPDF after splitting off the JSS in 1997 to protest the peace accord Shantu Larma signed with the government.  Naniarchar Upazila Parishad Chairman Advocate Shaktiman Chakma was the Vice- President of the JSS (MN Larma) central committee.
Tapan Jyoti Chakma Barma had split off the UPDF to form the UPDF (Democratic) faction two years ago.

The UPDF (Democratic) and JSS (MN Larma) factions had become friendly in an attempt to maintain control over the Naniarchar area. Armed clashes broke out between the various CHT factions last year. On May 3, last year, Shaktiman Chakma was gunned down on his way to an Upazila Parishad meeting.  The following day, five of his flowers, including Tapan Jyoti Chakma Barma, were also killed on the way to his funeral. According to RAB official Mohammad Ali, Ananda Prakash Chakma is named as a suspect in the cases over the six murders.
The Shantu Larma faction of the JSS and the Prasit Khisha-led UPDF has denied their involvement in the murders.

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