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Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samiti president Jyotirindra Bodhipriya Larma speaks at a news conference at Hotel Sundarban in the capital on Saturday. -

PCJSS warns of tougher programme

WT24 Desk
Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samiti president Jyotirindra Bodhipriya Larma on Saturday accused the government of totally stopping the implementation of Chittagong Hill Tracts Accord and escalating use of security forces to thwart the hill peoples’ resistance against the government’s measures conflicting with the accord.
‘If the government fails to attach importance to the sense of deprivation of the Jumma people, their hopes and inspirations, and continue using the state machineries and power to suppress the democratic movement of the Jumma peoples, it would push the Jumma people to a point of no return. The jumma peoples will be forced by circumstances to take resort to stiff to stiffer programs,’ said Jyotirindra, much known as Santu Larma, at a news conference in Dhaka.
Lamenting at the government’s neglecting attitude, Santu Larma said jumma people are determined and care little for self-sacrifice in defence of their national entities and territories. ‘The ruling class will stay responsible singularly for any undesirable situation that might crop up. The PCJSS expects that the government as well as the ruling class would demonstrate political wisdom in comprehending rightfully the reality of CHT,’ he said.
The former guerrilla leader who had signed the CHT accord in December, 1997 for PCJSS, said the PCJSS expects the government and would come up with some political wisdom by realising the realities in the hill districts.
The PCJSS organised the news conference at Hotel Sundarban ahead of the 18th anniversary of signing of the landmark accord which falls on December 2. Santu Larma also placed a set of demands and announced the party would hold rally in Rangamati on December 2 marking the anniversary.
Oikya NAP president Pankaj Bhattachariya, columnist Syed Abul Maksud, Bangladesh Adivasi Forum general secretary Sanjeeb Drong, IED executive director Numan Ahmed Khan, Dhaka University professor Mesbah Kamal and PCJSS leader Dipayan Khisa also spoke at the news conference, agencies report.

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