Dead body of an indigenous woman recovered in Rangamati

On 20 August 2014, dead body of an Indigenous woman named Bishakha Chakma was found in Kaptai Lake adjacent to a government tourist motel in Rangamati Sadar. Police and locals suspected that Bishakha Chakma was died allegedly from a pre-planned killing after rape. Police, however, are yet to trace and take actions against the alleged killer(s) of Bishakha.

It is learnt that on 20 August locals got putrid smell of a corpse from the lake water at Dewan adjacent to a government tourist motel named Parjatan Holiday Complex. After hours of searching, they found a corpse floating on the lake. Then they informed the police. Later, a group of police from Kotwali police station led by Officer-in-Charge (OC) Sohel Imtiaz reached the spot and rescued the corpse.

After the corpse was rescued, local people and relatives identified the dead body of Bishakha Chakma alias Bideshi, 30, daughter of Sushil Chakma, also mother of a young child. She was an inhabitant of Dewan Para in Rangamati town. Deceased used to work as a salesperson for a local textile store named ‘Tantuj Textile’ in Rangamati town. Bishakha’s father Sushil Chakma & brother Intu Chakma informed that Bishakha disappeared on 14 August at midnight and remained missing up until her dead body was recovered.

Sohel Imtiaz, OC of Kotwali police station said, miscreants killed Bishakha Chakma in a planned way and then thrown her dead body into the lake using plastic sacks with stones so that it doesn’t float on water. She might have been raped before she was killed.

Police has not been able to uncover the mystery of Bishakha Chakma’s killing and take action against the perpetrators. No case has been filed in this regard.