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Flash Back February 1998

Bangla - PCJSS Accord facilitates Chakmare regugee’s return to CHT

The Chakma refugee problem in Tripura came to an end after the Bangladesh Prime Minister Shiekh Hasina Wajed’s assurance of implementing a 20 point economic programme and rehabilitation package for the returning refugees in Chittagong Hill tract of Bangladesh. The fourth phase repatriation of the Chakma refugees began from 21st November 1997 and continued up to 5 December 1997. During those days a total of 2028 Chakma families numbering about 10,710 people left for their home in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh from Kathalchari and Silachari camps of South Tripura district through Tabalchari border in Bangladesh.

The Chakmas after so many years of repression and exploitation by the non-tribals and neglect shown by successive Bangladesh government towards them hope for a security and regain their homes under the present Awami league government of Shiekh Hasina in the CHT.