Written with pencil, ink and some with crayon, a plethora of colourful cards and letters from all across the world lay on the table before Kalindi Kumar Chakma, expressing solidarity with his 18 years of struggle for justice.
These words of support for the brother of Kalpana Chakma, organising secretary of Hill Women's Federation, who was allegedly abducted by military and Village Defence Party (VDP) men on June 12, 1996, came as part of human rights organisation Amnesty International's campaign “Write for Rights”.
Kalpana's name was included last year in the list of victims of forcible disappearance in the campaign which attempted to inform the world about people, subjected to forcible disappearance or murder by state machineries.
The letters were handed over to Kalindi yesterday at a function organised by the federation at the Upajatiya Thikdar Kalyan Samity Bhaban in Khagrachhari, only a day before the submission of the re-investigation report of the abduction case to the Rangamati court.
Over 5,000 letters arrived in support of the demand of Kalpana's family for fair probe.
“I am very happy that young children across the world expressed their concerns for my family; at the same time, these letters remind me of my sister, whose fate remains unknown to us till date,” said Kalindi.
After her abduction, both Rangamati police and Chittagong Zone Criminal Investigation Department (CID) failed to carry out satisfactory investigation.
The CID's report was rejected by the magistrate court in Rangamati citing that the investigators did not even interrogate the prime accused, Lt Ferdous Kaiser Khan of Kojoichhari army camp and VDP men Nurul Haq and Saleh Ahmed.
A Rangamati court ordered the district's Superintendent of Police Amena Begum on January 16, 2013 to reinvestigate the case, asking her to interrogate the three. She too failed to submit the probe report on several occasions till date.