At least 14 activists of Pahari Chatra Parishad (PCP) were severely injured in a bloody bomb attack in Rangamati Hill Districts on Sunday May 20.
The incident happened in front of a Petrol Station, located at Kallayanpur of Rangamati Town.
On March 20, PCP, the student wing of Parbattya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samiti (PCJSS) hosted its 23rd Council Meeting. Thousands of indigenous Jumma students from different parts of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) came to Rangamati to attend the Council Meeting.
After the council meeting finished, the students boarded different buses and were waiting to leave Rangamati town. At around 4 pm, several offenders from a CNG-run auto-rickshaw threw grenades at one of the buses, which was about to leave for Kaptai (a sub-district of Rangamati). More than 15 students have been admitted to Rangamati Hospital. Six severely injured students have been transferred to Chittagong Medical Hospital for better treatment.
Local sources are claiming that the United Peoples’ Democratic Front (UPDF) is behind the attack. The indigenous peoples’ movement in Bangladesh has been split between the UPDF and PCJSS since the peace accord was signed between the Government and PCJSS in 1997. UPDF is opposing the Peace Accord in its current form, whilst PCJSS is advocating for the implementation of the accord. This conflict has left hundreds injured and killed ever since.