Agartala: The Chakma National Council of India on Saturday observed “black day” in Agartala in Tripura, protesting against the alleged torture and attacks being carried out over the community living in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) of Bangladesh.
Speaking with reporters, CNCI (Tripura) general secretary Uday Jyoti Chakma said they are observing the black day in protest against the historic injustice done to their community living in the CHT and for handing over the land to East Pakistan during partition in 1947.
“We are demanding justice from the international court of justice for the ill-treatment meted out to the Chakma community in Bangladesh. We have started observing the black day on August 17 since 2016 last. We consider CHT to be the integral part of India and seek justice and sympathy from the International Court of Justice,” vice president of Aniruddha Chakma said.
Chakma National Council of India and Tripura Chakma Students’ Association jointly called for the protest rally across 11 locations of Tripura on Saturday, which included Agartala, Kanchanpur, Kumarghat, Manu, Chailegta, Chowmanu, Pecharthal, Gandacherra, Natunbazaar, Silachari and Birchandramanu.
In about 5,138 sq miles of CHT, around 10 ethnic minority groups are residing, which include Chakmas, Tipperas, Murungs, Khumis, Lushais, Bowms, Pankhos, Mogs and Marmas.
Altogether, 98% of CHT was inhabited by Buddhist and Hindu communities during the time of partition, but the CHT was declared a part of East Pakistan territory by the Boundary Commission, led by Sir Cyril Radcliffe, Uday said.
At least 50,000 people of the ethnic group took shelter in different camps of India, set up in Tripura and Mizoram in 1986. Later, many of them were relocated to Arunachal Pradesh. The last group of Chakma refugees sought asylum in Tripura in 2013. However, they were sent back to Bangladesh later.