Gory episode of CHT infighting

6 December, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Given the spate of factional feuds and mutual killings among the rival armed groups in the hill districts of Chattogram over the last 22 years since the signing of the Peace Treaty, the countrymen have reasons to believe that the bloodshed is very likely to continue for an indefinite period leading to loss of more lives. The much coveted social peace that the treaty was signed for still remains a mirage and a far off thing. No one knows how to bring back calm in the life of the inhabitants of the region.

Before the signing of the treaty, insurgents made efforts to befool countrymen with pseudo-political arguments as reasons behind their militancy. But what they have now to say to justify the man hunting spree? Actually, there is nothing of the sort. They have no political or ideological cause to establish. It is now crystal clear that the militant factions are engaged in mutual extermination and annihilation just for establishing hegemony and grab the lion’s share of the booty that they amass through extortion from development agencies.

During the colonial periods, CHT was the most neglected part of a neglected region in terms of development of education, agriculture, and industry and communication network. The development schemes that the governments of the independent country adopted could not be implemented due to obstacles created by the militants. The situation there is still not conducive to socio-economic progress. The development of the region could bring drastic changes in the life of the people there but it still seems a daydream. Militancy is the most formidable barrier to all development efforts and is causing much harm to the people living in the neighbourhood.

The overall progress and prosperity of the country presupposes even development of the entire landscape; lopsided development of one region to the neglect of the other is the last thing that we can allow. Favourable atmosphere for unhindered development of the hill districts should be created at any cost. We cannot leave behind our brothers and sister of the hilly region. We are in dire need of going together. The militants should also understand this and shun the way of actions that hinders development of the region.

Gory episode of CHT infighting

Given the spate of factional feuds and mutual killings among the rival armed groups in the hill districts of Chattogram over the last 22 years since the signing of the Peace Treaty, the countrymen have reasons to believe that the bloodshed is very likely to continue for an indefinite period leading to loss of more lives. The much coveted social peace that the treaty was signed for still remains a mirage and a far off thing. No one knows how to bring back calm in the life of the inhabitants of the region.

Before the signing of the treaty, insurgents made efforts to befool countrymen with pseudo-political arguments as reasons behind their militancy. But what they have now to say to justify the man hunting spree? Actually, there is nothing of the sort. They have no political or ideological cause to establish. It is now crystal clear that the militant factions are engaged in mutual extermination and annihilation just for establishing hegemony and grab the lion’s share of the booty that they amass through extortion from development agencies.

During the colonial periods, CHT was the most neglected part of a neglected region in terms of development of education, agriculture, and industry and communication network. The development schemes that the governments of the independent country adopted could not be implemented due to obstacles created by the militants. The situation there is still not conducive to socio-economic progress. The development of the region could bring drastic changes in the life of the people there but it still seems a daydream. Militancy is the most formidable barrier to all development efforts and is causing much harm to the people living in the neighbourhood.

The overall progress and prosperity of the country presupposes even development of the entire landscape; lopsided development of one region to the neglect of the other is the last thing that we can allow. Favourable atmosphere for unhindered development of the hill districts should be created at any cost. We cannot leave behind our brothers and sister of the hilly region. We are in dire need of going together. The militants should also understand this and shun the way of actions that hinders development of the region.

 


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