“We want to establish peace without bloodshed,” the minister said.
“However, we are not weak. And we don’t want to get things done through the use of force. We believe that peace will be established through discussions.”
On December 2, 1997, PCJSS (Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity) signed the peace deal with the then Awami League government, ending over two decades of tribal insurgency and bloodletting in the hill districts.
UPDF’s other armed group also formed a separate platform the UPDF (Democratic), led by Tapan Jyoti Chakma (alias Borma and Jalwa) on November 15, 2017.
According to official statistics, 376 people, including 120 Bengalis, were killed in three districts of the CHT in various incidents like extortion and conflict over supremacy from January 2014 to October this year.
Besides, 536 people, including 169 Bengalis, were abducted during the period.
Sources at the local police and intelligence agencies said 105 extortionists in the CHT had been detained by law enforcers from January 2019 to September 2020.