Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB)
The Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh
(JMJB), an Islamist vigilante outfit that espouses the ideals of the
Taliban, attempts to ensure that the northwestern region of the country
is ‘swept clean’ of the activities of left-wing extremist groups, primarily
the Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP).
A certain section of the Bangladeshi
media has indicated that the JMJB is an outgrowth of the Islamist militant
outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).
Indeed there is considerable overlap between the leadership of the JMB
and the JMJB. Other reports have indicated that the JMJB is a youth
front of the outlawed militant group Harqat-ul-Jihad.
As per its senior leader Maulana Abdur
Rahman, who is also the chief of JMB, the outfit was formed in 1998.
However, when the JMJB first came to limelight on April 1, 2004, it
was also known by other names like Mujahidin Alliance Council, Islami
Jalsha and Muslim Raksha Mujahideen Oikya Parishad.
Objectives and Ideology
The JMJB follows the ideals of the Taliban
militia and propagates a movement based on Jihad. Its chief has
been quoted as stating that "our model includes many leaders and scholars
of Islam. But we will take as much (ideology) from the Taliban as we
It has explicitly stated on more than
one occasion that it does not subscribe to the prevailing political
system in Bangladesh and that it would "build a society based on the
Islamic model laid out in Holy Quran-Hadith."
The JMJB functions with an avowed objective
of neutralizing the left-wing extremists, especially cadres of the PBCP.
The professed long-term goal of the outfit is to usher in an ‘Islamic
revolution’ in Bangladesh through Jihad.
In the early hours of March 30, 2007,
JMJB chief Siddiqul Islam alias Azizur Rahman alias Omar Ali Litu alias
Bangla Bhai was hanged in the Kashimpur jail, where he was kept since
his arrest on March 6, 2006 from the remote Rampur village under the
Muktagachha sub-district of Mymensingh, 120 kilometres north of Dhaka
after skirmishes with the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB). Hanged on the
same day, were five other top militants of the Jama’atul Mujahideen
Bangladesh (JMB) including its ‘supreme commander’ Maulana Abdur Rahman.
All these militants including Siddiqul Islam had been pronounced guilty
by the Supreme Court of involvement in the killing of two judges in
Jhalakathi in November 2005. On March 4, 2007, President Iajuddin Ahmed
had rejected their mercy petitions paving the way for their execution.
The highest decision-making body of
the JMJB is the seven-member Majlish-e-Shura. Apart from Siddiqul
Islam and JMB chief Abdur Rahman other members of the council included
Ashikur Rahman, Hafez Mahmud, Tarek Moni and Khaled. Information regarding
the Shura, after the March 30, 2007 executions, is not available.
‘Commander’ Bangla Bhai hailed from
Bogra district and claimed that as a college student, he had joined
the Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS), student wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami.
Bangla Bhai had also claimed that he quit the ICS in 1995 after the
Jamaat accepted female leadership, which according to him was a sacrilege.
On the other hand, Maulana Abdur Rahman
was reported to have worked at the Saudi embassy in Dhaka between 1985
and 1990. He studied at the Madina Islamic University in Saudi Arabia
and has reportedly traveled to India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, among
other countries. His most recent visit to Pakistan was reportedly in
the year 2003.
The JMJB reportedly has a three-tier
organisation. The first tier of the outfit consists of activists called
Ehsar who are recruited on a full-time basis and act at the behest
of the higher echelons. The second tier, known as Gayeri Ehsar,
has over 100,000 part-time activists. The third tier involves those
who indirectly co-operate with the JMJB. According to JMJB leaders,
the whole country has been divided into nine organisational divisions.
Khulna, Barisal, Sylhet and Chittagong have an organisational divisional
office each, while Dhaka has two divisional offices and Rajshahi three.
The outfit also had committees in each
village and according to media reports villagers were being forced to
join the committees. If anybody refused, he was branded as a ‘collaborator’
of the PBCP and taken to the JMJB ‘trial centre’.
Areas of Activity and Headquarters
The JMJB created strong bases mostly
in northwest Bangladesh, in the districts of Rajshahi, Satkhira, Naogaon,
Bagerhat, Jessore, Chittagong, Joypurhat, Natore, Rangpur, Bogra, Chittagong,
and Khulna. It has allegedly spread its network to most Madrassas
(seminaries) and other educational institutions in these districts.
The outfit also established at least
10 camps at Atrai and Raninagar in the Naogaon district, Bagmara in
Rajshahi district, and Naldanga and Singra in Natore district. There
have been reports of JMJB recruits being given training through recorded
speeches of Osama bin Laden and the video footages of warfare training
at the Al Qaeda's Farooque camp (now defunct) in Afghanistan.
Some JMJB leaders reportedly stated
that the outfit is headquartered in Dhaka. However, media reports indicated
all activities of the organisation revolving around Jamalpur.
Bangla Bhai on occasions claimed that
JMJB commands the strength of 300000 activists across the country. The
outfit has about 10,000 full-time activists and spends up to Taka seven
hundred thousand on them a month.
JMJB cadres during their vigilante operations
in 2004 were seen with firearms. They also reportedly wielded swords,
other sharp weapons, hammers and hockey sticks. Reports have indicated
that the JMJB also had access to crude explosives.
Not much is known about the outfit’s
external linkages although Maulana Rahman claimed in an interview on
May 13, 2004, that "My travels abroad are no secret. We don't have links
with any foreign organisation." He also added that "We don't have direct
links with the Taliban either. The Taliban wanted to establish the ideals
of Allah. They did their part with courage."
Reports indicated that the JMJB is supported
by certain members of the ruling Bangladesh National Party (BNP). The
former Deputy Minister for Land, Ruhul Kuddus Talukder Dulu, was allegedly
linked to the outfit. The first rally of the JMJB was reportedly addressed
by Bagmara's BNP Joint Secretary, Besharat Ullah, indicating the degree
of support that the vigilante outfit enjoys within the ruling coalition.
According to The New Nation, while the
Cabinet Committee on law and order led by Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiya
ordered the arrest of Bangla Bhai for taking what they said law in his
own hands, the three ministers belonging to Rajshahi - Aminul Haq, Fazlur
Rahman patal and Ruhul Kuddus Dulu - opposed the police action saying
the JMJB were on a ‘pro-people mission’ freeing the northern region
from the left-wing extremists.
JMJB also enjoyed support among certain
sections of the Police. For instance, Noor Mohammad, Divisional Inspector
General of Police in Rajshahi, reportedly told Daily Star on May 5,
2004, that Bangla Bhai and his operatives were assisting the law enforcers
in tracking down the left-wing outlaws. According to him, "We've asked
police stations to support them whenever they go to catch outlaws."
Reportedly, he justified such an action by indicating that "You know
Sarbahara [left-wing extremists] men have been quite active in the region
for many years and it is not possible for the undermanned and under-equipped
police to hunt them down. Aziz [Bangla Bhai] is now helping us."
The JMJB chief Maulana Rahman is known
to have visited Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Afghanistan. He has allegedly
secured help from Saudi charities to build some mosques and seminaries,
from where the group is known to operate.
Media reports also indicated that the
JMJB is akin to JMB that fought with the police from a secret training
camp at Khetlal in Jaipurhat district in August 2003. After the gun-battle,
a number of its cadres fled, leaving behind many documents indicating
the outfit's subversive plans. Although police could not then arrest
Rahman, they detained his brother Ataur Rahman Ibne Abdullah and 18
other militants. A few days later, police released the militants and
the higher authorities allegedly transferred several police officials
involved in the Khetlal operation. Rahman was quoted in Daily Star on
May 17, 2004, as saying, "our workers from Bogra, Jaipurhat, Rajshahi,
Rangpur and other adjacent areas gathered in Khetlal to attend a meeting.
But conspirators misled the police saying militants have gathered there.
Police raided the place on wrong information. But they did not find
Regarding the sources of income, Bangla
Bhai was reported to have said, "People from all rungs of society are
generously paying us funds, no-one is pressurised for money. If someone
happily makes a donation, there's no problem."
Abdur Rahman also was reported to have
set up a mosque and a seminary with financial assistance from the non-governmental
organisation Rabeta-e-Islam and another organisation, Islami Oytijjho
The JMJB activists are reported to have
carried out over 100 vigilante operations in different regions, including
murders and attacks on people who they believe have committed crimes.
Apart from these activities, the JMJB cadres have also been accused
of extorting protection money from traders and forcing people to follow
a certain variant of Islam.
Its cadres reportedly compelled local
youths to keep beards, wear clothes up to the ankle, and the women to
wear a veil. They were also involved in attempts to discontinue the
playing of music in hotels and restaurants. There had been allegations
that the outfit was enforcing harsh Islamic codes in the northwest region.
However, Bangla Bhai denied these allegations claiming that it was a
The activities of the outfit appeared
to have stopped completely by mid- 2005.
June 29: The Prime Minister has
said apart from banning five organisations for militant activities,
the Government is closely watching some other suspected organisations.
She stated, "that acts of militancy and terrorism will not be allowed
on the soil of the country". The five banned militant organisations
are Shahadat-e-al-Hikma Bangladesh, Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh
[(JMJB), an Islamist vigilante outfit that espouses the ideals of
the Taliban], Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami
(HuJI-B) and Hizb-ut-Tahrir Bangladesh.
March 16: The Cabinet sent back
to the Home Ministry its report on the activities of militant outfits
in the country asking it to give more information about such organisations
and their networks. The report named a dozen such outfits with information
on their organograms, sources of funding, links to political parties
and their operations. Home Secretary Abdus Sobhan Sikder placed
the report that named 12 militant outfits, including Jagrata Muslim
Janata Bangladesh (JMJB). The Government has so far banned four
Islamist militant outfits - the JMB, HuJI-B, JMJB and Shahadat-e
September 4: The Jama'atul Mujahideen
Bangladesh (JMB) and Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) in
a letter to the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) headquarters and Rajshahi
Metropolitan Police threatened to carry out bomb attacks on the
homes and offices of all advisers to the caretaker Government. The
outfits also threatened bomb attacks on offices of law enforcement
agencies and the administration within this month. The letter faxed
from Chapainawabganj was signed by M. Obaidur Rahman Giasi, military
chief of the JMB. RAB authorities made the letter public on September
6. In the letter, both the outfits held RAB responsible for utions
of the outfits'' top leadership and blamed army personnel and police
for "torture of political leaders including former lawmakers".
May 28: Police personnel arrested
a Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) leader identified as Akbar
Ali, at Borobihanali village in the Rajshahi District. Meanwhile,
sources added that Akbar had a leading role in JMJB's march in Rajshahi
city on May 23, 2004 and was named as an accused in the charge sheet
filed in JMJB torture victim Fazlur Rahman's case.
March 30: JMJB chief Siddiqul Islam
alias Bangla Bhai was hanged in the Kashimpur jail.
March 9: Police arrested Mahtab
Khamaru, a close aide of JMJB chief Siddiqul Islam alias Bangla
Bhai at a mosque at Talgharia in the Bagmara sub-district of Rajshahi
district after Juma prayers. Khamaru had earlier been arrested on
November 27, 2005, but was released following a ministerial order.
Since then he was absconding.
January 28: Bangla Bhai, who has
been kept in Kashimpur Jail, submitted his mercy petition to the
President. February 17 was primarily fixed for the execution of
the JMB militants.
April 24: Fahima Chowdhury, wife of
JMJB chief Bangla Bhai, is sent to jail by a court in Netrakona.
April 23: Additional District and Sessions
Judge's Court in Jhalakathi framed charges against JMJB chief Bangla
Bhai for killing two judges in the district town in 2005.
March 26: Siddiqur Rahman alias Bangla
Bhai told the Task Force Intelligence that he was hopeful that the
outfit’s cadres would implement JMB’s blueprint successfully across
March 11: Chan Mian, who had sheltered
JMJB leader Bangla Bhai before his arrest on March 6, was detained
following a tip-off from Bhaluk Chhatar village in the Muktagachha
sub-district of Mymensingh.
March 6: A court in Pirojpur awarded
life imprisonment to JMB leader Faruq alias Baset Saifullah alias
Amjad in absentia for his involvement in the August 17, 2005-serial
bombings across the country.
March 6: RAB personnel arrested a close
aide of Bangla Bhai, Amanullah Rimon, from Srirampur village in
the Sadar sub-district of Sylhet district.
March 6: Siddiqul Islam alias Bangla
Bhai, 'Commander' of the JMJB, is arrested following a gun-battle
with security forces in the northern district of Mymensingh.
February 5: A JMJB cadre, Omar Ali,
is killed by cadres of the Red Flag faction of the Purba Banglar
Communist Party (PBCP) at Baroihati bazaar in the Bagmara area of
February 4: Two JMJB leaders, Saiful
Islam and Ikram, were arrested from the Chinail Madrassa (seminary)
in the Dhamrai sub-district of Dhaka district.
February 1: The Government terminates
the services of former Superintendent of Police of Rajshahi district,
Masud Miah, after a probe committee found him to have maintained
linkages with the JMJB ‘commander’ Bangla Bhai.
November 27: Kishoreganj District and
Sessions court orders attachment of moveable properties of the Jagrata
Muslim Janata Bangladesh JMJB ‘Operations Commander’ Bangla Bhai
as he failed to appear before it during the November 27 scheduled
hearing of a case filed in connection with the August 17, 2005-blasts
in the district.
November 27: Rapid Action Battalion
released an associate of JMJB leader Bangla Bhai, following alleged
orders by a deputy minister. The JMJB cadre, Mahtab Ali Khamaru,
involved in extortion activities was arrested from Talgharia market
in the Bagmara sub-district of Rajshahi district.
October 28: The Government announces
a reward of $152,000 for information leading to the arrest of JMB
chief Abdur Rahman and JMJB leader Bangla Bhai.
September 6: A JMJB cadre, Abdul Jalil
of Naogaon district, is shot dead by suspected PBCP-Red Flag faction
cadres at Tilakpur in the Joypurhat district. Two of the PBCP cadres
involved in the killing were subsequently arrested.
August 3: According to Daily Star,
police have dropped two top JMJB cadres, identified as 'Bheti camp
in-charge' Shariatullah Simar and his deputy Mustafizur Rahman Khwaza,
from the charge sheet filed in the Ziaul Haque Zia murder case.
The charge sheet against 20 other persons was submitted to a court
in Naogaon on August 2. Zia had been abducted from his residence
by JMJB activists and was beaten to death at Raninagar in the Rajshahi
district on November 14, 2004.
July 28: According to Independent,
the JMJB has commenced its activities in the Bagmara sub-district
of Rajshahi district. It said that most of the 68 cadres, arrested
between January 24 and January 30, 2005 from various places in Bagmara,
have been released due to the non-submission of reports against
them by the police.
July 23: A JMJB cadre, who worked as
a driver to the outfit's leader Bangla Bhai, was arrested along
with two of his accomplices from Kaliganj Bazaar in the Rajshahi
July 19: The police arrested 11 suspected
Islamist terrorists, including two cadres of the banned JMJB and
two Rajshahi University students, from a training camp in the Paba
sub-district of Rajshahi district.
July 17: The police arrests five JMJB
cadres on charges of extortion from a businessman in the Rajshahi
July 4: Two suspected JMJB cadres are
arrested on charges of extortion in the Nilphamari district. According
to official sources, the arrested cadres, identified as Rezaul and
Azad, who had demanded Taka One lakh from the Local Government and
Engineering Department, were arrested when they had reached the
office to collect the amount.
July 2: The Special Branch of police
arrest a JMJB cadre, Moshiur Rahman Peter, accused of attacking
a journalist on June 28.
July 1: cadres of the outlawed Jagrata
Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) have reportedly declared to have
the Bagmara sub-district of Rajshahi district free of journalists
within next five years. Local civilians told Daily Star that JMJB
leaders, Mustafizur Rahman Mustaque, Majnur Rahman and Afzal Hossain,
took out a march in Hamirkutsa on July 1 and made such statements.
June 28: JMJB cadres attacked Shafiqul
Islam, correspondent of the Bengali daily Janakantha, at Bhaniganj
in the Bagmara area of Rajshahi district. The outfit accused Shafiqual
of helping other journalists to report against the outfit.
June 27: According to Daily Star, armed
cadres of the outlawed group JMJB raided some houses in various
villages of Bagmara in the Rajshahi district allegedly for extortion.
The report further said that several JMJB leaders recently released
from the Rajshahi Central Jail were seen marching on the roads of
Shikdari, Hamirkutsa, Jhikra, Goalkandi and Jugipara areas.
June 13: Mazzal Hossain, a former JMJB
cadre, was killed by the outfit at Bagmara in the Rajshahi district.
June 10: A JMJB cadre, Joynal, is arrested
from Chaksadu village in the Bogra district. Official sources said
that the arrested cadre was involved in the bombing incident of
a drama programme at Shahjahanpur sub-district.
June 1: Twenty-four followers of Bangla
Bhai, 'Commander' of the JMJB, are released from the Rajshahi Central
Jail, according to New Age.
April 7: At least 42 JMJB cadres were
released on bail from the Rajshahi central jail, according to Daily
March 1: According to Daily Star, the
Rajshahi district Superintendent of Police, Masud Mia, misused his
power to support the JMJB and helped its chief, Bangla Bhai, to
escape, according to a cross section of public accounts, coupled
with documentary proof and a special Government report. Following
investigations, the report stated that Bangla Bhai escaped arrest
on various occasions, even after the order of Prime Minister Khaleda
Zia due to the 'unwillingness' of Masud Mia.
February 24: Daily Star has reported
that despite the Government ban on the JMJB, 50 of its cadres gathered
at a meeting in the house of an unnamed Islamist fundamentalist
leader in Bhabaniganj Bazaar
February 23: The Ministry of Home Affairs
announces a ban on the JMJB and Jamaatul Mujaheedin. "The two banned
organisations have been engaged in killing, dacoity, bomb attacks,
issuing threats and other subversive activities in different parts
of the country, endangering the lives of the common people and destroying
their property," said a press note issued by the ministry. The note
also mentioned as a reason for the ban order the recent attacks
on socio-cultural and non-governmental organisations, including
the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee and Grameen Bank, in
the northern part of the country.
February 6: Police arrests two JMJB
cadres, identified as Zafar Sardar and Masud Hasan, from their homes
in the Ramrama village of Rajshahi district. The police had reportedly
acted on information given by the JMJB chief of Bagmara, Abdus Sattar
Master, who was arrested earlier.
February 4: Operatives of the JMJB
plan to continue bomb attacks on movie theatres all over the country,
said police, adding that they suspect the outfit was involved in
the Mymensingh movie theatre attack that killed 21 people on December
21, 2002. The bomb squad of JMJB will continue such bomb attacks
as the group treats movies, theatres and jatra (a local theatre
form) as 'anti-Islamic' activities, confessed JMJB operative, Shafiqullah,
while in police custody.
January 30: According to Daily Star,
the JMJB cadres in Rajshahi district have been circulating leaflets
for the last two days calling for Muslims to prepare for a Jehad
(holy war). The leaflets, titled 'Qurbani and Jihad Fi Sabilillah'
(Sacrifice and Jehad for Allah), said that organisations committed
to Jehad, like in many other countries, had flourished in Bangladesh
as well to fight the 'conspiracies of Kafirs' and retain 'the glory
January 28: Four persons, including
two associates of JMJB chief Bangla Bhai, are arrested from the
Hamir Kuchha area of Rajshahi district.
Daily Star reports that a JMJB cadre
claimed that the outfit was responsible for carrying out the bomb
attack on a Jatra (a folk theatre form) at Laxikola village on January
14, in which two were killed and 70 wounded.
January 22: Three JMJB cadres are killed
by an angry mob following the killing of Mahbub Hossain Dewan, the
Awami League publicity secretary, at ward no. 9 of Taherpur municipality
and a subsequent attack on a local body chairman in the Bagmara
area of Rajshahi district. Following the killings, at least 50 people,
including eight police personnel, were injured in clashes between
the police and JMJB cadres at Bhabaniganj in Bagmara on January
24. Police also arrested 64 JMJB cadres, but did not detain any
of the leaders who led the attacks.
November 25: JMJB cadres assault the
organiser of a local theatre group and set fire to the group's podium
at Bagmara sub-district in Rajshahi district.
November 14: Ziaul Haq Zia, a leader
of the Bangladesh Chhatra League, is killed by cadres of the JMJB
at Raninagar village in the Naogaon district.
November 10: A media report indicated
that JMJB cadres have imposed extortion amounts on the villagers
of areas such as Naldanga in the Natore district, Raninagar in the
Naogaon district and Bagmara in the Rajshahi district in the north-western
region of the country.
November 1: A JMJB cadre, identified
as Sikder alias Raja, is arrested by the Rajpara police on charges
of extortion in Rajshahi district.
October 20: Seven associates of Bangla
Bhai, 'operations commander' of the JMJB, are arrested along with
arms and explosives from Jagadishpur Bariahat village in the Natore
October 4: Seven persons, including
a local Awami League leader, are wounded in an attack allegedly
carried out by cadres of the JMJB at village Barabihanali in the
August 28: Kushtia Jubo Dal Organising
Secretary, Abul Kalam Azad, receives a letter in the name of Bangla
Bhai that he and four top district Bangladesh Nationalist Party
leaders would be "bombed to death" within a week.
August 19: Three
persons sustain injuries when JMJB cadres assault them at Gangopara
August 17: A
media report quoting an unnamed BNP leader from Bhawaniganj says
that Bangla Bhai could not be arrested because "interested quarters
stood against" the order.
August 11: 23
persons of Kaliganj sub-district in Satkhira are asked to pay Taka
ten hundred thousand as toll or 'face death' through a postal mail
with name of 'Bangla Bhai' affixed to the letter.
July 22: Chief
of Jamaat-e-Islami and Industries Minister, Motiur Rahman Nizami,
claims that Islamist vigilante leader Bangla Bhai does not exist
in reality and was a media creation.
July 3: Five suspected activists of
the JMJB are arrested from Shikderi Bazaar in the Bagmara area of
- July 2: Barguna police sends six of
the 33 alleged JMJB cadres arrested a few days ago to Dhaka for further
- July 1: The police frees three JMJB
activists after ruling coalition leaders allegedly negotiate their
release under instructions of a Deputy Minister.
- June 28: The US Ambassador to Bangladesh,
Harry K Thomas, says that religious and political radicals, including
JMJB leader Bangla Bhai, should be arrested immediately.
JMJB cadres abduct Azizar Rahman, President
of Pramanikpara Zame Mosque, at Raipura village in Bagmara but later
- June 26: JMJB extremists abduct two
women and a child from Bagmara in the Rajshahi district.
JMJB operatives, under the cover of a
'peace committee', loot valuables from eight families at a village
in the Naogaon district.
June 25: About
400 armed operatives of the Shanti Raksha Committee (Peace-Keeping
Committee), another name for the JMJB, injure three people and ransack
many houses in the Aamdighi area of Bogra district.
June 22: Three
US embassy officials visit Bagmara sub-district in Rajshahi to gather
information about the activities of JMJB.
- June 5: Bangla Bhai claims that three
ministers and a BNP lawmaker had assigned him to launch an anti-outlaw
operation in the northwest region.
- June 1: The Naogaon police arrest three
operatives of the JMJB and also detain two of its leaders.
- May 27: The Naogaon police seek help
from the press to trace JMJB ‘commander’ Bangla Bhai.
- May 25: A media report says that despite
a Government order, the Bangladesh police are not planning to arrest
Bangla Bhai. They did not want to arrest him thinking that it could
give a free run to the 'sarbaharas' (outlaws).
- May 22: A large number of JMJB activists
stage a demonstration in the Rajshahi district and also issue death
threats to some journalists. They urge the administration and media
to support it in ‘eliminating outlaws’.
- May 21: A top JMJB leader discloses
seven names which were on a ‘hit list’ prepared by the group. The
list includes a former legislator and four union parishad (local body)
- May 20: JMJB cadres led by 'commander'
Bangla Bhai kill three alleged cadres of the PBCP near Bamongram village
in the Bogra district.
- May 17: The government instructs police
to arrest JMJB ‘commander’ Bangla Bhai.
PBCP cadres kill two operatives of the JMJB, injure six others and
also launch arson attacks on three houses in Naogaon.
- May 15: Bangla Bhai and his followers
go into hiding in the wake of sharp criticism of his activities by
opposition political parties who blamed the police for failure to
tackle the situation in Bagmara.
- May 9: The Government, reportedly under
pressure from donor agencies and local media, asks the police headquarters
of Rajshahi range to submit a detailed report on Bangla Bhai while
the Home Ministry engages an intelligence agency to monitor activities
of the JMJB.
- May 7: Cadres of an unidentified left-wing
extremist group kill two JMJB activists at an unspecified village
in Naogaon district.
- May 6: JMJB cadres kill three PBCP cadres
at Atrai in the Naogaon district.
- May 5: Noor Mohammad, Divisional Inspector
General of Police in Rajshahi, says that Bangla Bhai and his operatives
were assisting the law enforcers in tracking down left-wing outlaws.
- April 25: A media report says that more
than 1,200 PBCP activists ‘surrender’ in the Raninagar and Atrai areas
of Naogaon district along with an unspecified quantity of arms to
the JMJB. JMJB had asked for the ‘surrender’ with a threat of setting
ablaze houses of all suspected extremists.
- April 16: Some 49 left-wing operatives
reportedly surrender at Pirgachha, Natore, in the face of a joint
drive by local Mujahedin Committee (Islamist) and police. However,
unconfirmed reports have termed the surrender as being a 'farce'.
- April 14: A media report says that the
newly formed Muslim Raskha Mujahideen Oikkya Parishad has intensified
its operation against the 'Sarbaharas' (outlaws) and drug dealers
in the Bagmara and Tahirpur areas of Rajshahi district.
- April 10: Leaders and activists of the
newly formed Muslim Raskha Mujahideen Oikkya Parishad (MRMOP) assault
three suspected PBCP activists in Bagmara.
- April 9: A media report says that subversive
activities have increased in the Bagmara sub-district due to the presence
of outlawed PBCP and a newly formed fundamentalist outfit known as
Muslim Raksha Mujahideen Oikya Parishad.
- April 1: About 50 criminals of a gang,
identifying themselves as Mujahidin Alliance Council, an anti-PBCP
underground outfit, kill an alleged member of the PBCP at Bagmara
in Rajshahi district.
JMJB cadres kill a young
man, identified as Osman, of village Kazipara in the Natore district.
Note:Compiled from news reports and