Chakma bodies rail against ''autocracy'' in Chakma council

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Aizawl, Jan 21 (UNI) Various Chakma bodies, under the leadership of Chakma district Mizoram People's Forum (MPF), have accused Rasik Mohan Chakma, former chief executive member of the Chakma Autonomous District Council (CADC), of indulging in autocracy.

District MPF president and Mizoram Chakma Students' Union president Onish Moy Chakma said here today, ''Rasik Mohan Chakma is not fit to rule the district council as he has been misappropriating the Centre-sponsored funds.'' Earlier, the Mizoram Pradesh Congress Committee urged the Mizoram Governor to dismiss Mr Chakma from his post as the charges of misutilisation of funds against him had been proved to be true by the Anti-Corruption Branch inquiry.

Formerly, Mr Chakma was elected MLA from the Chawngte (under CADC) constituency as well as chief executive member of the council for two consecutive terms since the 1998 elections.

However, he had to to give up his MLA post following the office-of-profit issue.

The Chakma sentinels also voiced concern over the alleged gambling activities taking place at the CADC's Kamalanagar headquarters.

''The gambling activities are causing a negative impact on the livelihood of the common people and the society as well, and may create law and order problems in future,'' the bodies said in a statement.

The Chakma bodies, in association with village council leaders, had tried to stop the social evils and the competent authorities had also been requested to cancel the permission for gambling, but to no avail, the statement added.

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