Chakmas condemn inclusion of CHT in Pakistan
Aizawl, August 17 (PTI): ‘Chakma Black Day’ was observed at Chawngte town in south Mizoram’s Lawngtlai district on the Bangladesh border today condemning the award of Chittagong Hill Tracts to Pakistan by Radcliffe Boundary Commission on this day 70 years ago. Chakma National Council of India Mizoram state committee, which organised a rally, said that the “unjust award” of Chittagong Hill Tracts to Pakistan (the East Pakistan) during the partition of the Indian sub-continent in 1947 was a “major blunder” committed by the colonial British government.
The copies of the Radcliffe Boundary Commission report of 1947 were publicly torched and speakers at the rally also condemned the then Indian leaders for “betraying” the Chakma people. The people of Chittagong Hill Tracts had hoisted the Indian National Flag on August 15, 1947, they said adding that it was not until August 17 of the same year that the inclusion of the Chakma inhabited area in Pakistan was known when the Radcliffe Award was announced in the radio.