এই পোস্টটি ৭১৫ বার পড়া হয়েছে


স্মৃতিতে ২০০৪ সালের ০৬ আগস্ট সেনাবাহিনী কর্তৃক আটক হওয়া

২০০৪ সাল। তারিখ ০৬ আগস্ট। আমি এই মিঠুন চাকমা তখন পাহাড়ি ছাত্র পরিষদের সভাপতি। খাগড়াছড়িতে একটি প্রতিবাদ সমাবেশের অংশ নিয়েছিলাম। উক্ত সমাবেশে যখন আমি বক্তব্য রাখছিলাম। এবং বক্তব্য যখন অর্ধেকে আসলো তখন সেনাবাহিনী আমাদের সমাবেশ ঘিরে আমাদের আটক করা শুরু করলো।

আমার বক্তব্য শেষ করা তখনো শেষ হয়নি। একজন সেনা অফিসার আমার কলার চেপে ধরলো। আমাকে বক্তব্য থামাতে হলো। সেনা অফিসার আমাকে নির্যাতন করা শুরু করলো। আমি পালিয়ে বাঁচতে চাইলাম। কিন্তু না ততক্ষণে আরো কয়েকজন সেনা তাকে সহযোগিতা করতে আসলো। আমি আটক হলাম। আমারে গায়ে থাকা গেঞ্জি তখন ছিড়ে গেছে। আমি খালি গা। সারা গায়ে মাটি।

আমরা মোট ৭ জন আটক হলাম। আমাদের আর্মি গাড়িতে তোলা হলো।গাড়িতে তোলা হলো। আমরা শ্লোগান দিলাম- আটক করে আন্দোলন বন্ধ করা যাবে না। নির্যাতন করে আন্দোলন বন্ধ করা যাবে না। গ্রেপ্তার করে আন্দোলন বন্ধ করা যাবে না।

এরপর আর্মি গাড়ি চলতে শুরু করলো। আমরা বন্দী হলাম।

রাতে নির্যাতন করা হলো।

নিচে সেনা কর্তৃক আটক সম্পর্কে তৎকালীন সময়ে ইংরেজীতে প্রকাশিত একটি রিপোর্ট নিচে দেয়া হলো। আশা করছি দুয়েকদিনের মধ্যেই আমি এই নির্যাতন ঘটনা নিয়ে ছোট একটি লেখা লিখবো।

Arrest of PCP president Mithun Chakma, Vice President Rupan Chakma and others

On 6 August, 2004 the Khagrachari District unit of the Hill Students Council (PCP) was holding a rally at Swanirbhor area at the end of its annual conference. A few hundred PCP members and supporters from different parts of the district gathered for the progremme. PCP central committee leaders like president Mithun Chakma and vice president Rupan Chakma and Hill Women’s Federation (HWF) president Sonali Chakma were also present at the rally.

Mithun Chakma was only halfway through his speech when an army van pulled up near the meeting venue. The PCP leaders and those attended the rally had little presage that something bad would happen and they took almost no notice of the army. But the army had different plan.

The army wasted no time and immediately swooped upon the participants beating up whoever they caught hold of – PCP president Mithun Chakma, vice president Rupan Chakma, HWF president Sonali Chakma and many others. Even those who came to the Bazaar were not spared. Many of them were beaten up with chopped firewood.

The army then arrested seven participants including Mithun Chakma and Rupan Chakma. All of them were taken to the Khagrachari army zone, where they were subjected to physical torture again. While beating, the army said it was the price for chanting slogans against the army.

On the night of 7 August Mithun and Rupan were released after taking a written statement to the effect that they were arrested not by the army but by the police. The rest five were handed over to the police, and a case was filed against them under section 19-ka/19-cha of Arms Act for possession of a homemade pipe gun and ammunition. (Case No. G.R. 167/04)

The FIR states, “I, S.I. Md. Abdul Alim …… on 06/08/04 received secret information that some unruly armed terrorists of the UPDF were stopping vehicles at a place called Bot-toli of Swanirbhor Bazaar on Khagrachari – Panchari metalled road and telling people not to ply vehicles on the road as they had called hartal (strike) for an indefinite period. To see the things on the ground, I, after bringing the information to the notice of Major Golam Sakib at army headquarter, went to the place called Bot-toli of Swanirbhor Bazaar at 17:00 hours on 06/08/04 with the help of his patrolling soldiers. But sensing our presence, about 10/12 armed terrorists supported by UPDF tried to run away. At that time the police contingent, with the help of the patrolling army men, arrested Mr. …. (names of the five accused) with a black cloured travel bag.”

The FIR also states that the police had opened the bag in the presence of two on-the-spot witnesses – Md. Fazal Haq (?) (45) s/o late Aktar Uddin of South Goja Para and Md. Nurul Islam Bhuiyan Liton (28) s/o Mayeen Uddin Bhuiyan of Shal Bagan (Harinath Para Gas), Khagrachari and found one home-made pipe gun with wooden butt, four rounds bullets of 303 rifle and live cartridge.

The SI (Superintendent of Police), who is the complainant in this case, also states in the FIR that after arresting the armed terrorists and recovering arms and ammunition from them, he appeared before the office of army zone headquarter with the aforesaid accused and recovered the arms and ammunition. He cited his consultation with army Major Golam Akib as the reason for the delay in producing the accused before the Thana (police station).

There are so many contradictions in the FIR itself and between what has been written in the FIR and what has actually taken place. First of all, they were arrested and taken to the Army zone office of Khagrachari on 6 August. The following day, that is 7 August, Mithun and and Rupan were released and the rest five handed over to the police. But the FIR was mentioned to have been filed on 6 August. Secondly, the police had nothing to do with the arrest. It was the army who made the arrest. Thirdly, with regard to the on-the-spot witnesses that have been referred to in the FIR, what were they doing there at the time of arrest and why not someone from Swanirbhor area was kept as witness while opening the bag, which was reportedly found from the possession of the accused. Fourthly, there was no incident of stopping vehicle on that day in the specified area and they were attending a PCP rally, which was peaceful. Fifthly, why the police took the accused and the recovered arms and ammunition to the army headquarter, instead of taking them to the police station according to the law. And if he had actually found illegal arms and ammunition from the accused, why he failed to produce them before the Thana? Why he should have to consult an army major before producing the accused before the Thana?

The name of PCP members / supporters mentioned as accused in the FIR are as follows:

1. Jotish Chakma (27) s/o Dorpon Kanti Chakma of village Perachara (Dharmapur)

2. Sadhan Moni Chakma (20) s/o Brojo Kumar Chakma of village 5 Number Khagrachari

3. Rosomoy Chakma (16) s/o Golok Bihari Chakma of village Munigram, Bhaibonechara

4. Borkul Chakma (22) s/o Sachindra Chakma of village Rabijoy Para, Bhaibonechara

5. Bhubon Moni Chakma (16) s/o Nihar Bindu Chakma of village Number 5 Prokolpo, Khagrachari

All of them are now being detained in Khagrachari jail.

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