The president of Jana Sanghati Samity MN Larma (reformist group) of Bandarban unit, along with five of its activists, was shot dead in attack which also left three others injured in Bandarban's Baghmara this morning.
The deceased were identified as Raton Tanchyangya, 60, district unit president of MN Larma faction, BimolKanti Chakma, 65, vice president and Debit Marma, 50, a leader of the faction's central committee, along withJoy Tripura,40, Dipen Tripura, 42, and Milon Chakma, members of the group, our local correspondent reports quoting Uba Mong Marma, secretary of the MN Larma Bandarban unit.
The injured--Biddut Tripura, 37,Niron Chakma, 50, and Hlawaing Sing Marma were sent to Bandarban hospital from where they were referred to Chattogram Medical College and Hospital as their condition deteriorated, said Ajoy Kishore Barua, a physician of the Bandarban hospital.
Uba Mong Marma, secretary of the faction, blamed anarmed terrorist group of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity for this attack.
"Around 6:45am, five armed men came to the area while three of them entered Raton's house and swooped on them and opened fire, killing six before fleeing," Uba Mong Marma said.
Except Raton, all seven, including the injured two -- Biddut Tripura and Niron Chakma --hailed from Khagrachhariarea, the secretary said.
"From May 31, our party leaders and the activists had been staying in the area where our party office is," he said.
Mini Marma, wife of Raton Tanchangya, said, "My husband and Bimol were sitting and chatting in our yard. Suddenly, I heard the sound of gunfire and later, I found them dead on the spot."
On information, police recovered the bodies and sent the injured to Bandarban Sadar Hospital, said Md Reza Sarwar, additional police super of Bandarban Sadar Circle.
"We deployed adequate number of police and armymen in the area to avert further untoward incident," the police official said, adding he could not comment on who were responsible behind the attack.
While talking to our correspondent, K S Mong Marma, central leader of PCJSS denied the blame and said that they do not believe in such politics of killing.
Since the 11th parliamentary elections, some AL men, assisted by law enforcers, have been sheltering criminals. They also formed the Mogh Party to ruin harmony in the region, PCJSS leaders claimed.
They said Mogh Bahini men later joined the newly formed MN Larma faction and have been spoiling the harmony in Bandarban.
PCJSS-MN Larma came into being after Santu Larma-led Parbatya Chattagram Jana Samhati Samiti (PCJSS), which had signed the peace accord with the government, split during the past caretaker rule in 2007-08.
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The JSS was formed in 1972 to establish rights of the people in the hills.