Police to be deployed at CHT camps left by army: Kamal

Staff Correspondent

1 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Police will be deployed at different camps left by the army in the three hill districts to bring peaceful atmosphere there.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Sunday briefed the journalists in this regard after meeting with Jana Samhati Samiti (JSS) president Shantu Larma.

“There is occasional bleeding in the three hill districts. Unexpectedly bloodshed is going on. Prime Minister has instructed us to pay

attention to the region. We have also talked to the stakeholders there,” the minister said.

“We are sitting with all those desiring peace in the hill tracts. We have talked to everyone from the Upazila Chairman to the elected representatives,” he said. Recalling the history of almost two decades of armed conflict between the Jana Samhati Samiti (JSS) and the then Awami League government, the minister said, “There was a peace agreement signed by ShantuLarma and our Abul Hasnat Abdullah Bhai. Some of the terms of the agreement have been implemented under that agreement, some have not been implemented yet. ShantuLarma told us about this.”

“The army is leaving a number of camps in accordance with the agreement to maintain the law-and-order situation there. Even after leaving the camp, we have to maintain peace and order. We have decided to deploy police instead of army in those camps. We have informed him (Shantu Larma) about this,” he also said.

The minister said, “We have held many meetings on this issue. I have visited Rangamati, Khagrachhari and Bandarban. We want these three districts in the Chattogram Hill Tracts to move at the same pace as the other districts are moving forward under the direction of the Prime Minister. We will do everything not only for peach but also for development work in the hill tracts.”

“That is why I specially invited Shantu Larma. He came. After a long discussion with him he will give us all kinds of cooperation in this regard. He also talked about many things that he will discuss with us again.”

Senior Secretary of the Public Security Department Mostafa Kamal Uddin, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Benazir Ahmed, RAB Director General Chowdhury Abdullah Al Mamun and other senior officials were present on the occasion.