Tripura’s Chakma people demands former CM Manik Sarkar’s apology for ‘Bangladeshi’ remark
Agartala: The Chakma National Council of India (CNCI), Tripura State Committee on Monday refuted the statements made by Council of Tiprasa Hoda and former chief minister Manik Sarkar regarding “large scale infiltration of Chakma community people from Bangladesh”.
CNCI state committee also claimed that the allegations against the Chakma community are nothing more than a political ploy to destroy hundreds of years of communal harmony. They demanded an apology from Sarkar publicly.
Along with CNCI state committee, other organizations are- Tripura Chakma Student Association (TCSA), Tripura Rajya Chakma Gabumbhe Jadha (TRCGJ), Chakma Buddhist Welfare Society (CBWS), Chakma Socio Cultural Organization (CCO), DHUDUK and the Young Chakma Association (YCA) are jointly protesting against the allegations made by the Council of Tripasa Hoda.
Raising allegation against Chakma community, Council for Tiprasa Hoda recently wrote letter to the union Home minister Amit Shah regading infiltration of Chakma people from Bangladesh. This copy is also forwarded to Leader of the Opposition Manik Sarkar and Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb.
Receiving the letter, opposition leader Sarkar wrote a separate letter addressing chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb where he supported the statement made by Tiprasa Hoda in a political angle.
Speaking with reporters here at Agartala Press Club on Monday noon, President CNCI state committee Aniruddha Chakma objected both the statements of Tiprasa Hoda and former chief minister. “Chakma community people had been recognised as “Praja” as per the ancient scripts of Rajamala—the royal historical scriptures of Tripura”, he said.
“During pandemic situation, we think the communal attitude and undemocratic rhetoric of the Council of Tiprasa Hoda organization will affect the hundreds of years old communal harmony in Tripura, which is unfortunate and not desirable”.
He said “According to census reports, the Chakma population in Tripura was 4,510 in 1901 census, in 2001 census this population rose upto 64,293 and as per the last census held in the year 2011, the Chakma population in Tripura stood at 79,813. The growth rate in population is scientific and the allegations being labelled of large scale infiltration from Bangladesh are baseless”.
Reacting to the letter of opposition leader Manik Sarkar, Chakma community said “We Chakma people are not against anyone. But, if the former chief minister does not respond to our demands, the Chakma civil society will think about the future course of action”.