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CHT: Abducted Hill Women Federation leaders freed in Khagrachari

Two Hill Women’s Federation leaders who were abducted in broad daylight on 18th March were freed at Kutukchari area in Khagrachari district of Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh on Thursday night.

Michael Chakma, an organiser of the United People’ Democratic Front, said they came to know that the abductors called family members of the two leaders and handed them over in front of APBN High School at Madhupur of Khagrachari town at around 7:45pm.

A group of masked men had abducted the Hill Women’s Federation (HWF) central committee general secretary Monty Chakma and its Rangamati district unit general secretary Dayasona Chakma from Kudukchari in Rangamati on 18th March.

HWF leaders

Dayasona Chakma (left) and Monty Chakma (right)

Hill Women’s Federation president Nirupa Chakma has confirmed that Monty and Dayasona were freed.

Michael Chakma said the two women leaders were being targeted by security forces for long. “Monty Chakma was an eyewitness to many incidents that had taken place before and after the death of college student Romel Chakma in law enforcers’ custody and Dayasona had visited the two Marma sisters at Rangamati hospital several times when the sisters were admitted there after being sexually assaulted”, he told New Age, a Bangladesh national daily.

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