Country Report Bangladesh January 1996 Main report

Political scene: Truce extended again in Chittagong Hill Tracts

The truce between the government and the Shanti Bahini (tribal rebels) in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) was extended at the end of September until October 31, and then later to December 31. In early December there was a report of a shooting of a rebel by government troops when villagers in the CHT were being forced to pay protection money to the insurgents. Later on in the month up to 60 people were reported to have been hurt when members of the Hill Students Council, who support the Shanti Bahini, ambushed a police convoy at Panchbari, which was taking 13 leading tribesmen to court to be tried for barricading a road.

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