Dhaka: In its biggest pull-out, the Bangladesh Army is withdrawing a brigade of its troops and 35 temporary camps from Chittagong Hill tracts, an announcement by the Bangladesh government said yesterday.

The process is to begin immediately and will be concluded by September this year, said a press report.

An Inter Service Public Relations press release issued yesterday said that this would be the biggest army pullout from Chittagong Hill tracts.

The decision was taken by the government after reviewing the law and order situation of the hill tract area.

The present Bangladesh government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has taken a big step forward as part of its policy to implement the Chittagong Hill Tract Peace Accord.

A total of 200 security camps have been withdrawn from the Chittagong Hill Tracts in phases following the signing of the treaty 12 years ago.

However the leader of the Partabya Chattagram Jana Samhati Samiti (PCJSS) said that only 150 camps were withdrawn out of a total of 400.

The withdrawal of the Bangladesh Army from Chittagong hill area is part of the Chittagong Hill tract peace treaty between the Bangladesh government and Parbyata Chattagram Jana Samhati Samiti (PCJSS), United People’s Party of the Chittagong Hill Tracts in English, the political organisation that controlled the Shanti Bahini militia in 2007.

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