Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda yesterday urged those involved with criminal activities and terrorism in hills, to return to normal life.
“Killing of seven people in Baghaichhari was a tragic incident. The Election Commission remains alert to resist recurrence of such incidents. Security during elections will be tightened in future,” he said.
The CEC made the remarks while talking to journalists at Baghaichhari Upazila Complex in Rangamati.
Prior to that, Huda attended a meeting with upazila administration officials. He was also chief guest at an event where financial assistances were given to family members of the deceased and injured in the Baghaichhari incident.
On March 18, seven people, including two polling officials and four Ansar personnel, were shot dead and 23 others injured in Noymile area of the upazila. They were returning to the upazila headquarters after discharging election duties.
At yesterday's event, the CEC gave Tk 5.5 lakh each to the deceased families, Tk 1 lakh each to 10 seriously injured and Tk 50,000 each to 40 other injured.
Huda said, “Many militants and criminals have returned to normal lives. Many are facing trial. Come back and cooperate with the government in building a prosperous country.”
“No one can bring peace with arms. Perpetrators behind Baghaichhari killings will be brought to trial, no matter how powerful they are,”he said.
Rangamati DC AKM Mamunur Rashid chaired the event, where GOC of 24th Infantry Division Maj Gen Matiur Rahman, EC Secretary Helaluddin Ahmed and DIG of police (Chattogram Range) Khandaker Golam Faruq also spoke.