UPDF launches month-long market boycott in protest of leaders’ murders
STAFF REPORTER, KHAGRACHHARI
In Khagrachhari, the United People’s Democratic Front (UPDF) Prasit group has launched a month-long boycott of the Panchari market, echoing a 2018 market boycott by the same group.
The boycott, starting on Friday, is in response to the brutal murder of four leaders, including Bipul Chakma, a key figure in the Democratic Youth Forum on Monday.
This protest action has led to a notable drop in attendance by hill residents, adversely impacting local traders.
The market boycott is part of a series of protests orchestrated by the UPDF Prasit group.
These actions include demonstrations and mourning rallies from Wednesday-Friday, the hoisting of black flags in various locations, and the possibility of extending the boycott beyond January 15, 2024.
Additionally, a general strike is planned across Panchari Upazila on Saturday, followed by a district-wide road blockade in Khagrachhari on Sunday.
Meanwhile, security forces have successfully rescued three UPDF Prasit group leaders.