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Road blockade underway in Khagrachhari protesting gun attacks

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Monday 20 August, 2018 09:40:19 am

Road blockade underway in Khagrachhari protesting gun attacks

Khagrachhari, Aug 20 (UNB) – A road blockade is underway in the hill district on Monday protesting the murders of seven people, including four Chattogram Hill Tracts-based political party United Peoples’ Democratic Front-backed organisation leaders, in Saturday’s gun attacks.

UPDF-backed three organisations -- Pahari Chhatra Parishad, Ganotantrik Jubo Forum and Hill Women Federation -- enforced the eight-hour road blockade.

They blockade programme, announced on Saturday, started at 6am disrupting traffic both on local and long-distance routes.

Security in the district has been beefed up to avoid any untoward incident.

Six people, including Tapan Chakma, district unit president of UPDF-backed Pahari Chhatra Parishad, were gunned during a deadly gunfight between two factions of United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) at Swanirbhar in Sadar upazila on Saturday.

Another person was killed in an attack on a rally brought out later in the day protesting the killings in the gun battle.