The Chakma tribals on Saturday observed a “Black Day” to protest the non-inclusion of non-Muslim dominated CHT in India during the partition in 1947.
The Chakma National Council of India (CNCI) is spearheading the agitation in four northeastern states — Tripura, Mizoram, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh — where approximately four lakh Chakma tribals, mostly Buddhist, have been living for decades.
CNCI assistant general secretary Shanti Chakma said that the Chakma people in CHT (of Bangladesh) are also observing the “Black Day” through numerous functions.
Around 800,000 people belonging to Chakma tribes are living in the mountainous region, bordering India and Myanmar.
“Besides, in important cities of India — Kolkata, New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore — the day was observed with the initiative of the migrant Chakma students and the Chakma people living there,” Shanti Chakma told reporters here.
To observe the “Black Day“, the tribals held rallies, seminar, demonstrations and other events.
He said that despite huge protests and ignoring the repeated appeals of the Chakma people, the Bengal Boundary Commission headed by British lawyer Cyril John Radcliffe announced the inclusion of 98.5 per cent non-Muslim dominated CHT with the then East Pakistan (now Bangladesh).