Bangladesh Timeline Year 2013
A court in Bogra District rejected
the bail plea of JeI ameer (chief) of Shajahanpur Sub-district
Abdur Rahim and sent him to jail.
JeI-ICS cadres brought out procession
demanding the release of JeI leaders being tried on War Crimes
charges. At least 30 persons were injured as JeI-ICS cadres clashed
with Police, blasted cocktails, threw brick chips and vandalised
vehicles on Dhaka's DIT road.
JeI Majlish-e-Shura member
and its former lawmaker, Syed Abdullah Mohammad Taher was arrested
at Malibagh Chowdhurypara in Dhaka.
Police arrested six cadres of
JeI and ICS and dispersed a procession at Oloka intersection in
A Chittagong Court denied bail
to 26 leaders and activists belonging to the BNP, JeI and ICS
in a case filed for vandalism and arson on December 9, 2012.
Another Chittagong Court denied
bail prayers of 58 JeI and ICS activists, now in jail, in three
different cases filed with Panchlaish Police Station for assault
on Policeman on November 18, 2012.
A newly formed Islamist party
TEKN held a rally against Ahmadiyyas, a Muslim minority community,
at Baitul Mukarram Mosque compound in Dhaka.
JeI and ICS cadres attacked Policemen
at Monirampur in Jessore town of Jessore District, leaving five
Police arrested four JeI-ICS cadres
from Palbari intersection of Jessore town for allegedly holding
a secret meeting to conduct subversive activities.
RAB recovered 11 bombs and a gun
from Bhaberber village under Benapole Port Police Station.
Intelligence officials in Agartala
said SFs arrested two top militants, ATTF 'chief' Ranjit Debbarma
on December 30 and NLFT 'chief' Biswamohan Debbarma on December
23 from Dhaka.
PM Sheikh Hasina said BNP Chairperson
Khaleda Zia would not be able to save the War Criminals.
Police arrested 12 suspected members
of the Islami Chhatri Sangstha, the female student wing of the
JeI, in front of National Press Club in the Dhaka City.
The nationwide dawn-to-dusk hartal
enforced by the BNP-led 18-party alliance, protesting the latest
fuel price hike, was marked by incidents of arson, vandalism,
explosions, and chases and counter-chases. At least 15 vehicles
were vandalised, two were set ablaze, 35 homemade bombs exploded
and three people were injured in Dhaka City alone. At least 30
people including two Policemen were injured during clashes between
Police and pickets across the country outside of the Dhaka City.
Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)
spokesperson Tariqul Islam said the country is witnessing 'state
terrorism' and killing had become a regular incident. He said
the list of the victims of 'enforced disappearance' and killing
was getting longer and Rafiqul was the latest victim.
A senior official of an influential
intelligence agency said at least 100 top criminals including
hardcore terrorist Bikash Kumar Biswas have been released from
different jails during the last three months triggering apprehension
about public safety throughout the country. However, State Minister
for Home Affairs Shamsul Haque Tuku dismissed such opinions and
said his ministry is opposed to such bails and has already asked
the law enforcing agencies in this regard.
Police arrested two members of
Hizb-ut Tawhid (HT), an Islamist outfit in Shaheed Satu Hall area
of Chapainawabganj District. The arrested militants were identified
as Mohammad Bipul (20) and Abdul Jabbar (26). Police arrested
Bipul and Jabbar while they were distributing leaflets on jihad
(Islamic uprising). Police also seized the leaflets and some calendars
Police arrested a businessman,
Akram Hossain (48), the owner of 'Image Carton Factory' in Adamjee
Export Processing Zone in Narayanganj District on charges of funding
JeI and its associate student front ICS.
Police arrested a regional leader
of the outlawed outfit Purba Bangla Communist Party (PBCP) Red
Flag faction from Nandanpur village of Pabna District. The arrestee
was identified as Asadul Islam allias Asad (35).
RAB unearthed an illegal arms
factory and arrested seven militants with some firearms at Bhagaban
Tila in Sitakunda sub-District of Chittagong District where two
terrorist groups, "Yakub Bahini" and "Sadek Bahini", were holding
clandestine meetings. The arrested militants are identified as
Sadek, Kashem, Nur Islam, Badsha, Osman, Jashim, and Al-Amin Sagar.
The recovered arms include seven light guns, one single barrel
gun, one revolver, six cartridges, and five machetes.
Bangladesh Home Minister Muhiuddin
Khan Alamgir said at his secretariat office that an extradition
treaty between Bangladesh and India is likely to be signed during
Indian Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde's Dhaka visit later this
Police arrested an alleged 'regional
leader' of the Red Flag faction of the PBCP from Mojahid club
area in the Pabna town of Pabna District. The arrestee is identified
as Munnaf Hossain (38) of Lokkhipur village in Ataikula sub-District
of the District. Police also recovered a light gun and one bullet
Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested
Mujibur Rahman, assistant secretary general of JeI from Zero Point
area of Khulna city in Khulna District in a case accusing him
of attacking Police in Rajshahi District during the hartal called
by BNP-led opposition on January 6.
Foreign Minister Dipu Moni said
an extradition treaty between Bangladesh and India was "under
consideration" as the Indian Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde
would come to Dhaka in the last week of January.
The rehearing of the arguments
against Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) leader Delwar Hossain Sayedee started
at the International Crimes Tribunal-1 (ICT-1) with the prosecution
placing its summing-up. Prosecutor Advocate Syed Haider Ali presented
submission on the opening day of the fresh arguments.
The ICT-2 directed the defence
of war crimes accused JeI leader Abdul Quader Mollah to complete
placing their arguments in his favour. The three-member tribunal
led by Justice Obaidul Hassan with members Justice Md Mozibur
Rahman Miah and Judge M Shahinur Islam recorded the defence's
arguments before adjourning the case proceedings until January
14 when the arguments will resume.
Cadres of JeI-ICS enforced hartal
(general strike) in the Bogra town of Bogra District in protest
against the arrests of their leaders on January 13 from Zero Point
area of Khulna city in Khulna District by Police and demanded
their release. Police said the JeI-ICS cadres vandalised six vehicles,
including a Police van and exploded bombs to create panic among
An eight-hour hartal (general
strike) enforced by JeI-ICS ended with some stray incidents, including
arson and vandalism in Rajshahi District. Police said the JeI-ICS
cadres hurled brick chips on the law enforcers triggering a clash
that left five cadres injured. The JeI-ICS cadres also burned
tyres in Rajshahi College area in the Rajshahi city. 34 cadres
were arrested from the Rajshahi College area.
Police arrested an alleged cadre
of Islamist outfit HT at a bus terminal in the Chapainawabganj
District town. The arrestee is identified as Imran Ali (20) of
Biztoil area in Rajshahi District. Police said a team arrested
Imran from the terminal area when he was distributing leaflets
and posters on jihad (Islamic uprising). Police also seized
leaflets and posters from his possession.
RAB arrested two leaders of different
outfits with arms and ammunitions from Tentulbariya and Baradi
villages of Jhenidah District. RAB arrested Shorbohara Party 'area
commander' Sirazul Islam (40), with two bombs from Tentulbariya
village. In another operation, RAB arrested Gomukti Fauj (GF)
'area commander' Rezaul Islam (27), from Baradi village along
with a country made shutter-gun.
RAB, in two separate drives, arrested
six alleged HT cadres in Chittagong city of Chittagong District.
A team of RAB arrested five of them in front of Belal Masjid in
Muradpur area of the city. The arrestees were identified as Mofijul
Islam (23), Osman (27), Shariful Islam (19), Saiful Alam (25),
and Abdur Rahim (53). RAB also seized many leaflets, posters,
magazines and books on Jihad from them. Later, RAB arrested Emdadul
(19), from a house in Nasirabad Housing Society of the port city.
Police arrested 15 cadres of JeI
for their alleged involvement in vandalism during a dawn-to-dusk
hartal (general strike) called in Cox's Bazar town of Cox's
Bazar District. During the hartal, JeI cadres vandalised
at least 11 vehicles including rickshaws at different points of
the Cox's Bazar town.
ICT-2 registrar AKM Nasiruddin
Mahmud said that ICT-2 is to deliver its verdict in the case against
expelled JeI leader Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, war crimes accused,
also known as Bachchu Razakar, on January 21. This is the first
instance in the country's history that a war crime accused is
going to receive punishment, for his alleged involvement in crimes
against humanity during the country's Liberation War in 1971.
ICT-2 made history by sentencing
JeI leader Maulana Abul Kalam Azad to death, in its maiden judgment,
for genocide and crimes against humanity during the Liberation
War. The 65-year-old fugitive, also known as Bachchu Razakar,
was found guilty of killing 14 Hindus, raping two women, torturing
two other persons and setting homes ablaze in Faridpur District,
ICT-2 said JeI contributed significantly
to the creation of auxiliary forces during the Liberation War
for combating unarmed Bengali civilians in the name of protecting
Pakistan. The then Pakistani Government and the military setup
a number of auxiliary forces such as Razakars, Al-Badr, Al-Shams
and Peace Committee to collaborate with the Pakistani military
in identifying and eliminating all those who sympathized with
the liberation of Bangladesh.
Monirul Islam, Deputy Commissioner
of Detective Branch said that Abul Kalam Azad has fled to Karachi
in Pakistan. He said Abul Kalam Azad left his house just hours
before the tribunal ordered to arrest him on April 3 last year.
He crossed over to India and then set off to Pakistan via a third
Home Minister Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir
said JeI leader Abul Kalam Azad is staying in a certain country.
The Home Minister, however, did not specifically name any country
where according to him Azad is hiding.
Voicing deep satisfaction over
the verdict against Abul Kalam Azad for crimes against humanity
during the Liberation War, TIB Executive Director Iftekharuzzaman
called for immediate all-out actions to execute it.
10 persons were injured as cadres
of BNP-JeI clashed with Police at Oxygen Intersection in the Chittagong
city of Chittagong District during the 18-party alliance`s mass-contact
programme. The BNP-JeI cadres also vandalised several passing
vehicles and Police arrested two cadres.
In Dhaka city, 12 cadres of JeI-ICS
were injured and six of them arrested when Police intercepted
procession brought out by JeI-ICS cadres.
In Gaibandha District, clashes
erupted when Police intercepted another procession brought out
by JeI-ICS cadres at Station Bazar Road demanding immediate release
of their detained leaders. At least 14 JeI-ICS cadres and four
Policemen sustained injuries. Gaibandha Additional Superintendent
of Police Mosharaf Hossain said the cadres in the procession were
armed with various weapons.
A leader of PBCP-Janajuddha was
killed in a shootout between his cohorts and Police at Mirpur
sub-District of Kushtia District. Police said the deceased Enamul
Haq alias Ena Mondol (35) was a member of the outfit's
killing squad and was accused in nine cases. The Police teams
also recovered a rifle, a light gun, four bombs and eight bullets
from the spot.
JeI and its student wing ICS cadres
clashed with Police in Dhaka, Chittagong, Rajshahi, Dinajpur,
Joypurhat and Satkhira Districts to mount pressure on the Government
to stop the war crimes trials. The clash left at least 70 people,
including 50 Policemen, injured.
A court in Shariatpur District
sentenced two cadres of JMB to death for their involvement in
the simultaneous bomb blasts in the District in 2005. The convicts
were identified as Kamruzzaman alias Swapan (27) and Malek
Bepari alias Malek Zehadi (28).
Bangladesh and India singed the
Extradition Treaty in Dhaka to facilitate transfer of persons
wanted on criminal charges in either country on request. The agreement
was signed at the 4th meeting of the Home Ministers of Bangladesh
and India. In the joint statement the two Home Ministers expressed
the 'belief that the Extradition Treaty would help increase cooperation
among law enforcing agencies of the two countries and curb criminal
activities'. The new treaty would allow transfer of convicted
or under-trial criminals but it would not be applicable for those
accused in 'political crimes' or other criminal offences punishable
with imprisonment for less than one year.
At the joint press conference
in Dhaka, the Bangladesh Home Minister Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir
said Bangladesh would not be able to send back ULFA general secretary
Anup Chetia under the treaty as he had prayed for political asylum
in the Supreme Court. He further said Chetia, who was booked under
criminal charges, has completed his prison term and has since
applied for political asylum in the country. The Supreme Court
will first have to dispose of his prayer for political asylum,
A group of 20 to 25 JeI and its
student wing ICS cadres, equipped with sharp weapons, sticks and
brickbats, damaged vehicles parked in front of Bahadur Shah Park
near Jagannath University, Dhaka. They set ablaze two passenger
buses, vandalised at least five others and fled as Police rushed
to the spot.
Cases have been filed against
more than 5,000 persons, including 200 leaders and cadres of the
JeI-ICS across the country for their alleged involvement in attacking
law enforcers and vandalising vehicles on January 28.
JeI and its student wing ICS cadres
carried out 20 explosions and set ablaze 15 vehicles in the Dhaka
City as they brought out a procession in the city, demanding immediate
release of their leaders on war crime trial. Police arrested 38
JeI-ICS cadres in this connection.
At least 13 people were injured
in a clash between the local cadres of AL and JeI in Burimari
land port area of Patgram sub-District in Lalmonirhat District.
Police arrested Mominur Rahman (40), son of late Mokbul Hossain
of Burimari village and JeI cadre after the clash.
The Dhaka City unit of the ruling
AL vowed to resist the anti-liberation forces of JeI-ICS whenever
and wherever they are found engaging in destructive activities
in the name of their programmes. The AL city unit also declared
that it would make the soil of the country free again after eliminating
At least six persons, including
four JeI-ICS cadres, one Policeman and one civilian were killed
as law enforcers dispersed pickets during the general strike the
JeI-ICS cadres enforced across the country. In Bogra town of Bogra
District four JeI-ICS cadres were killed in a clash with the Police.
In Manirampur sub-District of Jessore District one Police constable
identified as Jahurul Haq (40) was killed in a clash between JeI-ICS
cadres and the Police. At least 20 people, including eight Policemen
were injured in the clash. Four JeI-ICS cadres were arrested in
connection with the attack on the Police. In Feni District, an
autorickshaw driver succumbed to his wounds after his vehicle
was attacked by JeI-ICS cadres.
Reiterating that the ongoing war
crimes trial cannot be stopped by unleashing arson attacks and
enforcing hartals (shut downs) by the anti-liberation forces,
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the war criminals would not
be spared. She said the present Government is pledge-bound to
people to hold the trial of the war criminals who were responsible
for killing three million people and disgracing many women during
the Liberation War.
The Police arrested 32 JeI- ICS
cadres from different parts of the Bogra town of Bogra District
on charge of their involvement in the violence during the hartal
(shut down) on January 31 in the town. Police also filed two cases
against 2400 cadres of JeI-ICS over violence during the hartal
in the town.
Police arrested seven leaders
and cadres JeI-ICS from a building housing a private college at
Gulshan town in Dhaka District while they were holding a "secret
meeting on subversive activities against the Government". The
arrestees are identified as Hedayet Ullah, Sagir Ahmed and Abdul
Mannan (leaders) and Saleh Ahmed, Mostafizur Rahman, Abdul Mannan,
and Kobir Ahmed (Cadres).
Odhikar in its review of human
rights monitoring report for the first 31 days of 2013 said that
a total of 17 people were killed and 1643 others were injured
in political violence in January in 27 incidents.
Protesting the trial of those
who committed war crimes and crimes against humanity during the
Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971, JeI-ICS cadres attacked
Police in Narayanganj, Bogra, Bagerhat and Joypurhat Districts,
injuring 20 Policemen. In Narayanganj city of Narayanganj District,
fierce violence witnessed as JeI-ICS cadres went on the rampage
and assaulted the Police. At least 15 Policemen were injured in
the incident. Similarly, at least five Policemen suffered injuries
in Bogra, Bagerhat and Joypurhat Districts in the clashes.
Police filed two cases against
100 cadres of JeI-ICS on charge of assaulting the Police in Narayanganj
city of Narayanganj District on February 2. Following the cases,
Police arrested at least 30 JeI-ICS cadres.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina addressing
the Generals Conference of Bangladesh Army at Dhaka Cantonment
in Dhaka city directed the senior Army officials to resist any
anti-democratic and anti-constitutional activity for continuation
of the country's development. She said, "Stay alert so that no
vested quarter can disrupt the country's forward march riding
over the army's back. I hope you'll resist any anti-democratic
and anti-constitutional activity with your all-out strength."
| February 4
At least 41 persons were injured
in clashes between the opposition BNP cadres and the Police in
the dawn-to-dusk general strike called by BNP in 16 northern Districts
of Bangladesh demanding the release of its acting Secretary General
Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and party leader Ruhul Kuddus Talukder
Dulu and withdrawal of the cases filed against them. 30 people
were injured in Thakurgaon District, eight in Sirajganj District,
two in Jaipurhat District and one woman in Bogra District.
Police arrested two outlaws including
a 'regional leader' of PBCP Janajuddha faction. The arrestees
are Md Shahin Hossain (40), and Md Aslam Hossain (35), both sons
of Khorshed Ali of Kashiabari village in Santhia sub-District
of Pabna District. Of them, Shahin is a regional leader
of PBCP Janajudhha faction. Police also seized a firearm and eight
bullets from their possession.
JeI acting secretary general Rafiqul
Islam Khan protesting the verdict to be delivered in a war crimes
case against its leader Abdul Quader Mollah said “Don't push the
country into a civil war by delivering one-sided verdicts against
our leaders. If anything happens against Quader Mollah, every
house will be on fire." "We want to say clearly that
the country's people will resist the Government's 'vindictive
conspiracy' in the name of trial of war criminals," he added.
BNP coordinator Tariqul Islam
said BNP has no support to JeI’s demand for stopping the ongoing
war crimes trial and abolishing the ICTs. Tariqul said “BNP has
no ideological similarity with JeI in demanding abolition of the
ICTs as well as stopping the war crimes trial. We always want
war crimes trial 100 percent.”
| February 5
At least three people were killed
and many injured across the country as JeI and its student wing
ICS cadres enforced a dawn-to-dusk hartal protesting
the war crimes trial of its leader Abdul Quader Mollah. In Chittagong
District, two ICS cadres (Imran Khan and Afzal Hossain) and Shafiqu,
a worker of Youngone factory were killed during a clash with Police.
Police arrested 15 ICS cadres from the District. In Dhaka city,
JeI-ICS cadres exploded 10 crude bombs when Police obstructed
them. A Police constable, Nur Nabi, was injured and 52 cadres
were arrested from the city. In Comilla District, one JeI-ICS
cadre was injured in Police firing. In Rajshahi District, about
10 cadres were injured in a clash with Police as they were intercepted
by the law-enforcers. In Khulna District, Police arrested
seven cadres from the Khulna city. In Sylhet District, 30 people,
including a constable, were injured. In Satkhira District, three
Policemen were injured. In Bogra District, Police arrested five
cadres. In Natore District, Police arrested one cadre. In
Laxmipur District, Police arrested four cadres. In Gazipur District,
Police arrested 15 cadres.
ICT-2 sentenced JeI leader Abdul
Quader Mollah to life term imprisonment on war crimes charge. The
three-member tribunal, led by Justice Obaidul Hasan, pronounced
the sentence after reading out a 132-page verdict. A total of
18 witnesses, 12 from the prosecution and 6 from the defence,
testified in the case.
| February 6
At least 41 people including eight
Policemen were injured in clashes with JeI-ICS cadres during the
second day of dawn-to-dusk countrywide hartal enforced
by JeI-ICS cadres. At Siddhirganj in Narayanganj District, JeI-ICS
cadres equipped with iron rods and sharp weapons swooped on Police.
At least 15 people including three Policemen suffered injuries
during the clash. At Paribagh in Dhaka city, Badrul Hasan (30),
an Assistant Superintendent of Police, was injured during a chase
and counter-chase between the law enforcers and the stick-wielding
pro-hartal cadres. Police arrested two cadres from the spot. In
Rajshahi city of Rajshahi District, nine cadres were arrested
for attacking the Police. At Batiaghata in Khulna District at
least 15 people including two Policemen were injured during a
clash between JeI-ICS cadres and the Police. At Raiganj in Sirajganj
District, at least 10 people, including two Policemen were injured
as JeI-ICS cadres clashed with them. The injured Policemen are
Tazul Huda, officer-in-charge (OC) of Solonga Police Station,
and Ali Farid Ahmed, OC of Sirajganj Highway Police.
Urging the Government to appeal
the verdict of ICT-2 sentencing JeI leader Abdul Quader Mollah
to life term imprisonment on war crimes charges to the higher
court demanding capital punishment, residents of Thakurgaon, Chandpur,
Nilphamari, Lalmonirhat, Mymensigh, Rangpur and Manikganj Districts
formed human chains and took out processions.
| February 7
ICT-2 asked three JeI leaders,
central executive council member Hamiudur Rahman Azad, also a
lawmaker, acting secretary general Rafiqul Islam Khan and Dhaka
city assistant secretary general Selim Uddin, to appear before
it on February 20 for warning of a civil war at a party rally
on February 4.
At least five cadres of BCL, the
associate student front of the ruling AL, were injured in an attack
by a group of 25 JeI-ICS cadres in Sylhet District.
| February 8
Police arrested five leaders and
cadres of JeI-ICS, including JeI Chandanaish sub-District unit
secretary Amirul Islam of Chittagong District while they were
holding a secret meeting. The rest of the arrestees were identified
as JeI cadres Monirul Haque and Sarwar Alam and ICS cadres Mohammad
Irfan and Mohammad Morshed.
| February 9
A dawn-to-dusk hartal
called by JeI-ICS cadres underwent in Chittagong District demanding
the arrest of those who were involved in the killing of three
people during JeI-ICS cadres enforced hartal on
February 5. An autorickshaw was torched by JeI-ICS cadres and
the driver of the autorickshaw was injured in the attack.
| February 10
Dhaka University students pushed
an ICS leader off Haji Muhammad Mohsin Hall's third floor and
beat up two other leaders. Rakib, the hall''s ICS unit president
and of political science department, was admitted to Dhaka Medical
College Hospital after being pushed off. Sanaullah Pritom, the
hall's ICS unit general secretary and of law department and Noki,
the hall's ICS unit organising secretary and of development studies
department were beaten up in their rooms.
Police arrested a JeI leader in
Sylhet District on charge of attacking Police during a clash with
law enforcers last December. The arrestee is identified as Abdul
Quddus, leader of Dakshin Surma sub-District JeI unit.
The Shahbagh movement in the Dhaka
city entered its sixth day which was started after the countrywide
violence by JeI-ICS cadres against the war crimes trial. As some
former and present cricketers took to the stage and chanted slogans
to support their cause the agitating youths were even more determined
to continue their movement. Demonstrations also took place in
Tangail, Khulna, Magura, Manikganj, Rangpur, Pabna, Munshiganj
and Natore Districts.
In a heated marathon discussion
in Parliament, 32 ruling AL-led lawmakers demanded a ban on JeI
and religion-based organisations. Blasting BNP for maintaining
relations with JeI, they demanded legal action against BNP Chairperson
Khaleda Zia and those hatching conspiracy to foil the war crimes
trial and demanding the scrapping of the ICTs.
JeI acting secretary general Rafiqul
Islam Khan, in a press release disclosed said that JeI will stage
countrywide ‘peaceful’ demonstration on February 12 to protest
alleged ‘Government-patronized’ anarchy to materialize political
revenge in the country.”
An angry mob set a mess of JeI-ICS
on fire on Brahma Palli road and vandalised Swadesh Hospital and
Islami Bank building in Mymensingh town of Mymensingh District.
At least six people were injured in the incident.
In Chapainawabganj District, 21
leaders and cadres of JeI-ICS were sent to jail as they appeared
before a court and the court rejected their bail prayer in a case
of attacking Police and obstructing Government duties.
Thousands of students of several
schools and colleges joined the ongoing demonstration at Shahbagh
in Dhaka city, demanding death penalty for war criminals.
The protesters urged people to express solidarity with the movement
by holding a three-minute silence from 4:00pm on February 12.
The cabinet approved the draft
of ''Anti-Terrorism (Amendment) Act-2013'' to effectively curb
terrorism through inter-state cooperation.
The cabinet endorsed a proposal
for amendments to the ICT Act 1973 allowing the prosecution or
an aggrieved to appeal against any sentence and giving the Appellate
Division 60 days to dispose of the appeal in a war crimes case.
In an apparent bid to create panic
among the people united on the demand for death penalty to war
criminals, JeI-ICS cadres rampaged through different parts of
Dhaka city. The JeI-ICS cadres carried out hit-and-run assault
at Police, leaving at least 30 injuries. 73 JeI-ICS cadres were
arrested in the city.
In Satkhira District, seven Policemen
were wounded in attacks by the JeI-ICS cadres and Police arrested
103 cadres in the District.
In Noakhali District, at least
eight JeI-ICS cadres were injured when they fought a pitched battle
In Khulna District, at least 50
people, including seven Policemen, were injured when the JeI-ICS
cadres clashed with law enforcers. Seven cadres were arrested
after the incident on charge of attacking Police and obstructing
law enforcers in discharging their duties.
Protesters stand in silence for
three minutes from 4:00pm in the Shahbagh crossing in Dhaka city
pushing for death penalty for all war criminals. People from all
walks of life indoors, at work and on the streets across the country
stood in a silence.
RAB arrested three cadres of PBCP-Red
Flag in Ataikula sub-District of the Pabna District. The arrestees
are identified as Muhamed Anwarul Islam (40), Jahangir Alam (38)
and Muhamed Yakub Ali (32). RAB recovered two one barrel guns,
one light gun (LG), four bullets and two knives from their possession.
In Dhaka city, at least 20 people,
including an additional deputy commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan
Police, were injured in the clashes. About 150 JeI-ICS cadres
were arrested from the city.
In Chittagong District, JeI-ICS
cadres vandalised at least eight buses and two covered vans. The
Police arrested eight JeI-ICS cadres after combing through the
In Barisal District, at least
five persons were injured and three of the JeI-ICS cadres were
arrested from the Barisal city.
In Rangpur District, Police arrested
13 JeI-ICS cadres from Mithapukur sub-District after a clash.
Countrywide demonstrations demanding
death penalty for war criminals continued. In Chittagong District,
it was the eighth day of demonstrations as people irrespective
of age, sex and religion, converged before Chittagong Press Club
to express solidarity with the demand. In Rajshahi District, over
2,000 students, teachers and staff of Rajshahi University took
part in the demonstrations at “Gonomancha” in Tukitaki Chattar
for the seventh day.
In Dhaka city, Zafar Ali Munshi
(47), a Bank employee who was injured in an attack by JeI- ICS
cadres on February 13 succumbed to his injuries at a city hospital.
In Chittagong District, Bahadur
Hossain (55), a village watchman who sustained injuries during
a clash between Police and JeI-ICS cadres on February 6, succumbed
to his injuries at Chittagong Medical College Hospital of the
At least 31 people including five
Policemen were injured in a clash between JeI-ICS cadres and Police
in Rajshahi city of Rajshahi District. About 500 JeI-ICS cadres
blocked the Dhaka-Rajshahi highway by setting fire of tyres. As
Police tried to remove the barricade, the JeI-ICS cadres blasted
at least 15 handmade bombs triggering the clash. The Police
arrested 12 JeI-ICS cadres from the area.
In Chittagong District, Police
arrested 11 JeI-ICS cadres after a chase and counter-chase between
the two sides on the Chittagong city's Station Road.
In Sylhet District, Police arrested
10 JeI-ICS cadres on charge of attacking a bus of Shahjalal University
of Science and Technology in Sylhet city. At least 10 students
were injured in the attack.
In Lalmonirhat District, Police
arrested Abu Taher, office secretary of ICS's central committee
at Jongra village of Patgram sub-District for holding a secret
In Bogra District, people caught
one ICS cadre with sharp weapons at Chapapur bazar area. Later
he was handed over to Police.
In Dhaka city, 238 leaders and
cadres of JeI-ICS were arrested on charges of vandalising vehicles
and assaulting Policemen.
Protesters in thousands hold a
candlelight vigil in the Shahbagh crossing in Dhaka city, pushing
for death penalty for war criminals. The youngsters of Shahbagh
movement have also declared war against online campaigns of JeI
and its supporters.
Home Minister Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir,
addressing a function as chief guest in the Dhaka city said that
there is no place for the war criminals in the country. Alamgir
said the Government is dealing with the matter with iron hand
and it will do so in future.
CEC Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad said
the EC has taken no initiative as yet to scrutinize legal procedures
whether or not JeI’s registration can be cancelled. He, however,
said that the EC would immediately cancel JeI’s registration if
the Government banned it.
The dead body of Ahmed Rajib Haider
(26), an active participant of the demonstrations at Shahbagh
in Dhaka city demanding death sentences for all ‘war criminals’
was recovered from Laalmatia area of the city. Unknown assailants
hacked the blog activist to death near his residence.
Three JeI- ICS cadres were killed
and 50 others were injured during a gun battle between JeI-ICS
cadres and Police in Cox's Bazar town of Cox's Bazar District.
The deceased are identified as Ahmed Saleh (40), Tofael Ahmed
(22) and Nurul Huq (20).
In Rajshahi District, in a clash
with Police at least 30 JeI-ICS cadres were injured while 24 cadres
were arrested. The clash erupted when Police intercepted 500 JeI-ICS
cadres barricading the Dhaka-Rajshahi Highway.
At least 40 people including 12
Policemen were injured as cadres of JeI and ICS clashed with Police
in Sylhet District.
Parliament amended the International
Crimes (Tribunals) Act 1973 allowing the Government to prosecute
organisations along with individuals for wartime atrocities in
1971 after millions demanded a ban on religion-based politics
and death penalty for war criminals. The amendment paves the way
for prosecution of political parties like JeI which collaborated
with Pakistani military during the war of independence in 1971.
Police arrested two officials
of IBBL, Mirpur Branch of Dhaka city for their alleged involvement
in financing JeI-ICS for creating anarchy and carrying out subversive
activities in the capital during hartal. The arrestees
are identified as Manager AKM Shahidul Haque and Senior Principal
Officer Hassan Mahmud Mithu of the Bank.
At least three people were killed
and 150 JeI and its student wing ICS cadres were injured across
the country during country-wide dawn-to-dusk hartal called
by the JeI-ICS. In the Dhaka city, one contractor Mohammad Ikbal
(35) died at Badda. In Comilla District, ICS cadre Muhamad Ibrahim
(28) was shot dead in Police firing at Chouddagram. In Cox’s Bazar
District, a patient, Hafiz Abdur Rahman died as the microbus carrying
him came under attack of JeI-ICS cadres on way to a hospital.
The Police arrested about 100 JeI-ICS cadres during the hartal hours.
The countrywide hartal called
by JeI-ICS got little response from the masses as almost all businesses,
offices and educational institutions went on with regular routine.
Responding to the call of Shahbagh protesters, Dhaka city residents
defied the hartal as they went to their offices in the morning.
Buses operated on roads. Banks and shipping malls also remained
At least five AL cadres were injured
as JeI and its student wing ICS cadres attacked a local office
of the ruling party in Binodpur town of Rajshahi District. Police
said the armed attackers numbering between 20 and 25 also set
ablaze the office in the town. In retaliation, the ruling party
cadres vandalised a dormitory of ICS in the area.
RAB arrested Rajshahi city unit
ameer (leader) of JeI Ataur Rahman from Kalyanpur bus stand in
the Dhaka city. They recovered 20 handmade bombs and 12 jihadi
(religious) books from his procession. RAB said he was arrested
in connection with torching of AL office in Rajshahi city.
Information Minister Hasanul Haq
Inu said JeI is the enemy of the country's independence that has
already been proved in their activities since birth of the state.
"JeI has no right to carry out their politics as they are
opponent to the democracy," he said in Dhaka university campus.
JeI and its student wing ICS cadres
called hartal in all eight Districts of the Rajshahi Division
protesting arrest of its Rajshahi city ameer (leader) Ataur Rahman
in Dhaka on February 19. People of Bogra, Natore, Naogaon, Joypurhat
and Sirajganj Districts rejected the hartal while it ended amid
a few stray incidents of violence in Rajshahi, Pabna and Chapainawabganj
Districts. In Rajshahi city of Rajshahi District, JeI-ICS cadres
blasted five hand bombs during a clash with Police. At least 12
JeI-ICS cadres were arrested from the city.
At least 30 persons were injured
during a clash between the cadres of JeI-ICS and the ruling AL
in Moheshpur town of the Jhenidah District. Police
and locals said JeI-ICS cadres blasted two bombs and set fire
to some stalls at a book fair in the town during the clash. Police
arrested 11 JeI-ICS cadres, raiding different areas of the town.
Police arrested five cadres of
ICS in the Chittagong city of Chittagong District. The arrestees,
all students, are identified as Abu Bakkar (27), Shamim (27),
Mohammad Apel (25), Mohammad Rubel (25), and Liton (29). Police
also recovered five machetes, four cartons of bomb-making materials,
10,000 copies of leaflets and 10 litres of petrol.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said
the BNP and others, who want to protect war criminals
and JeI that opposed Bangladesh's birth, would also be brought
to book. Saying the trial of crimes against humanity committed
during the 1971 Liberation War would be done on this soil, she
sought cooperation from people of all walks of life in accomplishing
the task as pledged by the ruling AL before the last parliamentary
Police arrested 80 'leaders and
cadres' of JeI-ICS in Madhupur sub-District of Tangail District.
Over 100 JeI-ICS cadres led by Madhupur unit JeI ameer (leader)
Burhan Uddin and ICS president Lokman Hossain in two buses went
to Madhupur forest in the name of picnic. Police raided the forest
and arrested 80 of them while they were holding a secret meeting
Police also arrested seven JeI-ICS
cadres from two sub-Districts of Chapainawabganj District on charge
of trying to create chaos and confusion. The arrestees were identified
as Mohammad Mustakin, Alauddin, Rafiqul Islam, Ruhul Amin, Hasan
Ali, Monirul Islam and Mustafizur Rahman.
Thousands gathered at Shahbagh
in Dhaka city to take part in the grand rally and voice their
demand for death penalty for all wall criminals and ban on JeI-ICS.
Issuing an ultimatum to the Government to bring war crimes charges
against JeI and initiate the legal process by March 26 to ban
the party, the Shahbagh protesters announced a series of countrywide
programmes beginning from February 22.
An intelligence agency alerted
security agencies to possible bomb attacks this month on sensitive
targets by ‘anti-state elements’. The threat will exist up to
25th February for the time being and at places of Dhaka city like
Shahbag, Shaheed Minar, Baitul Mukarram, Press Club, places adjacent
to Secretariat and other important areas of the country.
JeI-ICS and its allies attacked
law enforcers and journalists burned the national flag and vandalised
Shaheed Minars to counter the mass demand for capital punishment
to 1971 war criminals leaving at least four persons killed and
nearly 304 people injured.
In Palashbari sub-District of
Gaibandha District, JeI-ICS cadres clashed with Police. Police
opened fired and two JeI-ICS cadres were killed and at least 40
cadres were injured.
In Sylhet city of Sylhet District,
a student of Sylhet MC College was killed during sporadic clashes
between law enforcers and activists of different Islamist organisations
in the city. The deceased was identified as Mostafa Morshed Tahmid
(18). Over 50 cadres and around 35 Policemen were injured during
the clashes. At least 35 cadres were arrested.
In Jhenidah District, one JeI-ICS
cadre identified as Abdus Salam also a madrasa teacher was killed.
In Bogra District, JeI-ICS cadres
launched attacks on Police prompting the law enforcers to fire
at least 200 shots and teargas shells. More than 50 people, including
nine Policemen, were injured in the clashes.
In Rajshahi city of Rajshahi District,
JeI-ICS cadres clashed with Police, leaving around 50 people,
including 10 Policemen, injured. Police arrested 26 cadres.
In Patuakhali District, at least
35 people, including three Policemen, were injured in clashes.
In Khulna city of Khulna District,
sporadic clashes between law enforcers and JeI-ICS cadres in different
parts of the city left around 25 people injured.
In Dhaka city, JeI-ICS cadres
attacked Dhaka University''s Ekushey and Shahidullah halls leaving
at least 15 students injured. Police arrested 172 cadres in the
In Chittagong city of Chittagong
District, at least four Policemen were injured in clashes with
the JeI-ICS cadres. The injured are identified as Inspector Pravash
Chandra Dhar, Sub-Inspector Muhamad Kamruzzaman, Assistant Sub-Inspector
Mafizur Rahman and Constable Mohammad Jahangir. 25 cadres had
been arrested in the port city in connection with the rampage.
State Minister for Law Qamrul
Islam said banning the politics of JeI was merely a matter of
time and the Government would take necessary steps in appropriate
time. He said there were a few options in favour of banning the
politics of JeI. A writ petition, filed for banning JeI's politics
with the High Court, might be heard and disposed of within a few
days and a directive about banning the party might come from the
court, he observed. Besides, the ICT-2 has delivered some findings
about the activities of JeI regarding crimes against humanity
committed during the Liberation War in 1971, the state minister
In Pabna town of Pabna District,
gunfight between JeI-ICS cadres and Police during a hartal killed
two JeI-ICS cadres and injured 30 others, including 18 Policemen.
The deceased were identified as Alal Hossain (18) and Sirajul
Islam (17). Police have also arrested 15 JeI-ICS cadres from different
areas of the District.
At least 10 people, including
one journalist, were injured when law enforcers prevented a procession
of JeI-ICS led Islamists from entering the Barisal town of Barisal
Four persons were killed and at
least 50 others injured in clashes between Islamists led by JeI-ICS
and the Police in Singair sub-District in Manikganj District in
a hartal. The deceased are identified as Alamgir Hossain
(35), a farmer Nasir Ahmed (30), a husk trader Nazimuddin Mollah
(26), an expatriate and Shah Alam (20), a student.
Police arrested a leader of ICS
in Court Road Area of the Dhaka city while he was preparing to
picket during a hartal. The detainee is identified as Abdul Karim,
Government College unit president.
In Chittagong District, Police
arrested seven ICS cadres and recovered 10 cocktails and many
iron rods, sticks and marbles from their rooms while raiding the
hostel of Alam Shah Para Kamil Madrasa at Rangunia sub-District.
| February 25
Two persons, Ali Asgar Khan Rahat,
social welfare secretary of Sylhet city unit of ICS, and Abdur
Rahman Shahin, a shop owner, who sustained bullet injuries in
separate clashes with Police in Sylhet District, succumbed to
At least 40 persons, including
20 Policemen, were injured as the cadres of JeI-ICS clashed with
the Police in Kishoreganj town of Kishoreganj District. The Police
fired 60 rounds of rubber bullets and 50 teargas shells to disperse
the agitating people. They also arrested 13 cadres from the spot.
Islamic parties led by JeI-ICS
demanding execution of bloggers for their blasphemous posts online
exploded 20 crude bombs at 10 places in Brahmanbaria town of Brahmanbaria
District. Police recovered three crude bombs from the town.
| February 26
JeI-ICS cadres hurled several
homemade bombs at law enforcers at different points of the Dhaka
city as they tried to stage demonstrations and damage vehicles.
Police arrested 10 JeI-ICS cadres from the city.
Police arrested M Liakat Ali,
the District leader of JeI from Magura town of Magura District
in connection with a case filed for vandalism in local bus terminal
on February 12.
DLA, the alliance of eight left
leaning political parties brought out a procession in Dhaka city
demanding capital punishment for war criminals. DLA also asked
the Government to ban JeI and other religion based political parties
| February 27
In Chapainawabganj District, JeI-ICS
cadres brought out a procession in Shibganj Bazar area and suddenly
attacked Policemen with brick chips and stick, injuring 14 Policemen.
In Dhaka city, JeI-ICS cadres
attacked a bus carrying the footballers of under-16 team leaving
five players injured.
In Rajshahi District, at least
five people, including two journalists and a Policeman, were injured
as JeI-ICS cadres clashed with Police at Sheroil Colony in Rajshahi
city. Three of the cadres have been arrested from the city.
Protesters at Shahbagh in Dahaka
city vowed not to fall asleep till the verdict delivery of JeI
leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee's war crimes case. They said they
would go home in elation if he was given death sentence or else
they would stay there demanding the capital punishment.
Home Minister Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir
said Pakistan-based LeT is active in Bangladesh and law enforcement
agencies tracked down their network and kept them under sharp
security vigil. The minister’s comment came as the country witnessed
massive street violence during the past one month over the 1971
war crimes trial with JeI stalwarts being the prime accused for
carrying out atrocities siding with Pakistani troops.
DB of Police arrested Abu Hena
Ershad Hossain Saju (50), a local JeI leader on Statuin Road in
Patgram town of Lalmonirhat District on charge of instructing
pickets to make February 28's hartal success.
| February 28
ICT-1 sentenced JeI leader Delawar
Hossain Sayedee to death in its maiden verdict almost three years
after its formation. The 73-year-old was found guilty of murder,
abduction, confinement, torture, rape, persecution, and abetment
of torture, looting, forceful religious conversions and setting
homes ablaze in rural areas of southern District Pirojpur during
the Liberation War.
At least 40 persons were killed
as JeI and its student wing ICS cadres clashed with law enforcers
across the country centering on the ICT verdict that sentenced
JeI leader Delwar Hossain Sayedee to death penalty on charges
of war crimes he had committed in 1971. Seven JeI-ICS cadres were
killed in Rangapur District. Six persons including four Policemen
and two cadres killed in Gaibandha District. Five persons including
four cadres and one civilian killed in Satkhira District. Four
civilians killed in Thakurgaon District. Four persons including
three civilians and one Policeman killed in Chittagong District.
Two cadres killed in Sirajganj District. Two civilians killed
each in Cox’s Bazar, Chapainawabganj and Noakhali Districts. One
cadre each in Dinajpur and Rajshahi Districts. One civilian each
in Dhaka, Moulvibazar, Natore and Bogra Districts. More than 2,000
people were also injured in the clashes according to the Police
and hospital officials.
Police arrested eight JeI-ICS
cadres from Indira Road area of Dhaka city while they were trying
to bring out a procession.
JeI-ICS cadres wrecked havoc on
the Hindu community across the country. They damaged at least
six temples, including one of Buddhists, and torched houses and
business establishments of Hindu people in Noakhali, Gaibandha,
Chittagong, Rangpur, Sylhet and Chapainawabganj Districts.
A former member of outlawed PBCP
was killed at Tamaltola town of Jessore District. The deceased
was identified as Abbus Sheikh (45). Locals said a gang of 7/8
opened fire on Abbus, leaving him dead on the spot when he was
having a shave at a saloon in the area.
| March 1
Maulana Rafiqul Islam Khan, acting
Secretary General of JeI announced that JeI will enforce 48-hour
non-stop hartal across the country on March 3 protesting the ICT
verdict that awarded death sentence to the party's leader Delwar
Hossain Sayedee and killing of 40 people during post verdict violence.
At least seven more people were
killed taking the death toll to 47 as JeI-ICS cadres continued
clashing with law enforcers across the country. In Gaibandha District,
a rickshaw-puller and a tea-stall owner were killed as JeI-ICS
cadres clashed with law enforcers at Bangsharhat town. In Chapainawabganj
District, JeI-ICS cadre Abdur Rahim (45) was killed and 20 other
cadres were injured as fresh violence broke out at Shibganj town.
In Noakhali District, Nur Uddin (17) of Khaliterhat village who
was injured in the violence on February 28 succumbs to injuries.
In Satkhira District, three people who were injured in clashes
on February 28 succumb to their injuries.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia called
a nationwide dawn-to-dusk hartal for March 5 to protest what she
said was “genocide” during February 28's violence over death sentence
for JeI leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee.
Shahbagh protestors urged the
Government to ban the JeI and ICS. Ganajagaran Mancha convener,
Imran H Sarker described JeI-ICS cadres as “communal and evil
force.” He urged the people to observe their programme as announced
earlier to hoist National Flag everywhere on March 2.
BNP chairperson, Khaleda Zia,
also the leader of the opposition in the parliament announced
a countrywide dawn-to-dusk general strike for March 5 in protest
at ‘genocide’ by law enforcers. She said ‘As the largest responsible
political party, we cannot sit back and watch when the Government
is pushing the country into a precarious situation and carrying
out mass murder.’
| March 2
At least six people were killed
as cadres of JeI-ICS clashed with Police across the country. In
Chittagong District, three JeI-ICS cadres - Abu Taher, Mohammad
Shahidullah, and Osman Gani – were killed when Police tried to
remove barricades set up by JeI-ICS cadres on Chittagong-Cox’s
Bazar highway. In Nilpjhamari Dsitrict, ICS cadre Atiqur Rahman
(18) was killed in Jaldhaka town and 20 others were injured as
JeI-ICS cadres clashed with law enforcers. In Sylhet District,
Jagat Juti Talukder (32), a former leader of of BCL was hacked
to death by suspected ICS cadres in Sylhet town. In Rangpur District,
Akmal Hossain, who suffered bullet wounds during clashes between
Police and JeI-ICS cadres at Pirgachha town on February 28 was
succumbed to injuries.
In Jhenaidah District, six AL
cadres, including the union AL vice-president, were injured when
the JeI-ICS cadres swooped on them at Chorkole village.
JeI announces a 48-hour countrywide
general strike beginning March 3 demanding the release of its
Nayeb-e-Amir (Vice President) Delwar Hossain Sayedee, and protesting
the killing of JeI-ICS cadres in violence. The party alleged that
the Government had planned to ‘kill Sayedee using court’ to ‘thwart
Islamic movement.’ It said that the Government wanted to ‘eradicate
Islam from Bangladesh by killing Sayedee.’
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in
a rally at Madaripur District asked BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia
to stop trying to save the war criminals by announcing hartals
and siding with them. She said “Do not play with the fate of the
people. You and your husband tried but in vain to save the killers
of Bangabandhu.” She further said “I can firmly say no one will
be able to stop the trial of war criminals. They will be uted
on this soil.”
Leaders of the ruling AL-led 14-party
alliance urged the country's people to resist BNP-JeI's hartals
and rise against war criminals. Lambasting BNP Chairperson Khaleda
Zia for calling hartal for March 5, they said it has proved that
she is against the trial of war criminals.
| March 3
At least 23 people killed and
more than 1,000 wounded as violence escalated on the first day
of hartal (shut down) JeI and ICS enforced across the country.
In Bogra District at least 10 civilians, including three women,
were killed in fierce fighting between law enforcers and villagers
led by JeI-ICS cadres. In Joypurhat District, six JeI-ICs cadres
- Forman Ali (25), Nasir Uddin (20), Majidul Islam (35), Abdul
Hakim (20), Hesab Ali (50) and Majnu (15) were killed in clash
with Police. In Rajshahi District, four civilians were killed
in clashes between the Police and JeI-ICS cadres. In Jheniadah
Distrcit, Omar Faruque (40), a Police constable was killed when
JeI-ICS cadres swooped on the law enforcers. In Gazipur District,
Abdur Razzak (22), Shreepur sub-District president of ICS was
knocked down and killed by a truck while he was picketing at Joina
Bazar on Dhaka-Mymensingh highway in Shreepur. In Satkhira District,
Mahbubur Rahman (30), a JeI-ICS cadre was shot dead by BGB.
Police arrested Kendua sub-District
unit ameer (president) of JeI from his relative's house at Netrakona
District. The arrestee was identified as Shamsuddin.
Different political parties and
human rights organisations condemned the ongoing mayhem created
by the JeI-ICS alliance. Leaders of CPB and BSD said no new law
is needed to ban JeI and ICS. Banning JeI-ICS is possible by using
existing laws as they have already committed many terrorist activities.
In Chuadanga District, a member
of Janajuddha faction of outlawed PBCP was killed in a gunfight
with Police in Damurhuda sub-District. The deceased identified
as Abdul Halim (39) was involved in various crimes, including
extortion and robbery since 1996. Police recovered a revolver
and two bullets from the spot.
| March 4
Five people, including a teenage
boy, were killed and 17 others injured as JeI and its student
wing ICS cadres clashes with law enforcers across the country
on the concluding day of two-day hartal.
In Satkhira District, JeI-ICS
cadres blocked the Kalaroa-Sarashikatki road with logs and attacked
Police when the law enforcers reached the spot. The Police opened
fire in which two brothers - Arif Billah (40) and Ruhul Amin (35)
- died on the spot and Shamsur Rahman (42) died at Satkhira Sadar
Hospital. Two others cadres got injured.
In Sirajganj District, a teenage
boy was killed when Police opened fire in the face of attacks
by JeI-ICS cadres in Ullapara sub-District. The deceased was identified
as Mahfuz. At least 15 people were also injured. In Rangpur District,
a JeI-ICS cadre, who sustained bullet injury during February 28’s
clashes at Mithapukur town, succumbed to his injury.
A low-intensity crude bomb went
off outside the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka city where
India’s visiting President Pranab Mukherjee was staying. Mukherjee
was in the hotel when the bomb rattled the security establishment.
At least five JeI-ICS cadres
were arrested at Poly Technical Institution in Mirkadim town of
Munshiganj District. The arrestees were identified as Khorshad
Alam (24), president of college unit, Jahidul Islam (22), secretary
of college unit, Ismail Hossain (20), organizing secretary of
college unit, Jubair Hossain (18), and Rasel (17). Police said
that JeI-ICS cadres were preparing to commit sabotage activities.
In Pabna District, an angry mob
beat an outlaw dead in Hadal Doripara village in Faridpur sub-District.
The deceased identified as Muhamed Sadek Ali (35) was an operative
of outlawed PBCP Red Flag faction.
A cadre of PBCP Red Flag faction
was murdered by rivals at Mongolgram Beel (water body) in Faridpur
sub-District of Pabna District. The deceased was identified as
Lashkor Pramanik allias Jafar (35).
An AL leader was killed by JeI-ICS
cadres in Tangail District. The victim was identified as Abul
Hossain Bhuiyan (65) of the District and the leader of Kalihati
sub-District. Vice-President of Kalihati sub-District AL Abdul
Malek Bhuiyan said JeI-ICS cadres murdered him in a planned way
to create panic among the people.
| March 5
Four persons, including a Police
constable, who were injured in the recent clashes between JeI
and its student wing ICS cadres and law enforcers, were succumbed
to their injuries. Mozahar Ali, a constable of Pirgachha Police
Station in Rangpur District, succumbed to his injuries. Ali was
critically injured in the head on February 28. The two other dead
are cadres Muhamed Dulal of Thakurgaon District and Muhamed Selim
of Bogra District. Shaheed Siddiki (25) a BCL leader injured on
February 23 by JeI-ICS cadres arson died in Tangail District.
EC told that it is examining
laws to see if it could drop the convicts of war crimes from electoral
rolls. The initiation came at a time when a demand for banning
JeI is being raised from different quarters and two of its top
leaders were already sentenced by the ICTs for committing crimes
against humanity during the country’s 1971 war of independence.
BNP’s dawn-to-dusk hartal was
marked by incidents of vandalism, arson and explosion and clash
with law enforcers and ruling party activists across the country.
In Satkhira Districrt, 45-year-old
Shukur Ali, a member of Awami League (AL) executive committee,
was killed, hours after being injured in an attack at the office
of Kalaroa sub-District. Three AL cadres were also injured in
In Bhola District, at least 50
people were wounded in a clash between BNP and AL cadres as the
two groups took to streets for and against the hartal.
In Netrokona District, at least
20 people were wounded when BNP activists vandalised and set fire
In Rangpur District, at least
20 people, including two cameramen, were injured in a clash between
supporters of AL and BNP at Rangpur city market.
In Barisal District, as many
as 11 people were injured in Barisal city when BNP men locked
in clash with Police and ruling party men.
In Lalmonirhat District, at least
10 people, including seven AL cadres, were injured in a clash
with BNP supporters.
In Narayanganj District, at least
10 people, including BNP District unit president Taimur Alam Khandaker,
were injured during clashes between BNP men and Police.
In Chittagong District, at least
10 people were injured. In Brahmanbaria District, at least five
people, including one Policeman, were injured in a chase and counter
chase between law enforcers and pickets.
In Dhaka city, the pro-hartal
cadres exploded four homemade bombs. None was arrested in this
connection. At least 20 people including nine Policemen were injured
in fierce clash between AL and BNP cadres in Baliakandi sub-District
of Rajbari District.
| March 6
A joint force of Police, RAB
and BGB raided 15 villages of Pabna District in search of unruly
JeI-ICS cadres. The law enforcers arrested three people on suspicion
of their involvement with JeI politics.
DLA holds a rally in front of
the National Press Club in Dhaka City, protesting at the attacks
on minorities in the country. They urged the Government to take
stern actions to stop countrywide anarchy and attacks on religious
minorities by JeI-ICS cadres.
| March 7
BNP-led 18-party alliance’s (which
also includes JeI) hartal (general shutdown) led to the death
of one cadre of AL in Chapainawabganj District. The victim was
identified as Abdur Rahman (26).
One BNP leader who suffered bullet
wounds in Police firing on March 6 during BNP's demonstration
in Dhaka city died at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital. The
deceased was identified as Shah Alam Khokan, a member of Dhaka
city unit of BNP. Sixty persons injured during the hartal across
the country. Over 100 people were at different parts of the country.
The pro-hartal activists also damaged many vehicles, including
six in the capital.
Police arrested JeI leader Mohammad
Akmal Hossain in Santhia Bazar area of Pabna District on charge
of attacking Police on March 6.
| March 8
One JeI-ICS cadre died falling
from the rooftop of a building in Dhaka city’s Paltan area, after
he and several others climbed up the roof of the building to escape
RAB arrested JeI ‘Dhaka city
unit Assistant Secretary General’ Selim Uddin Selim and Nayeb-e-Ameer
of Uttara unit of JeI Mahmudur Rahman. Mahmudur was arrested in
connection with the recent nationwide violence and Selim for violating
ICT-2 order to appear before the court.
Police arrested three JeI-ICS
leaders in connection with attacking Police, snatching weapons
and preventing them from discharging their duties during a clash
on February 28 from Jhenidah District. The arrestees are JeI Kotchandpur
sub-District unit chief Tajul Islam, Kotchandpur JeI leader Maksudur
Rahman and former ICS president of Kotchandpur Saad Ahmed.
Police arrested three ICS leaders
from a mess in Shylhet city of Sylhet District. The arrestees
are Sylhet District (West) unit ICS President Dulal Ahmed, its
Office Secretary Shafat Ahmed and Literary Secretary Abdul Malek.
Expressing solidarity with the
Shahbagh protest in Dhaka city, “Muktijuddho Projonmo Oikya Forum”,
a platform of 13 organisations comprising freedom fighters’ children
and their generation emerged. The forum will bring together freedom
fighters’ family members to take part in the mancha’s events till
War Criminals are handed down highest punishment and JeI and ICS
are banned and their organisations are nationalized.
| March 9
Tanvir Mohammad Toki, son of
Narayanganj Gonojagoron Mancha convener Rafiur Rabbi was abducted
and later killed by JeI-ICS cadres. His body was recovered from
Shitalakkhya in Narayanganj District. Narayanganj Mayor, Ivy and
Rabbi said Tanvir could have been killed for Rabbi’s role in Gonojagoron
Mancha, a platform set up to demand capital punishment to all
War Criminals of the Liberation War.
Police arrested 14 cadres of
ICS from south Halishahar in Chittagong District while they were
holding a secret meeting to unleash subversive activities and
| March 10
A Policeman was killed and at
least three other Policemen were injured when JeI-ICS cadres opened
fire to snatch away one of their cadre who had been arrested by
the Police in Khulna District.
In Bagha sub-district of Rajshahi
District, JeI-ICS cadres assaulted Police officials on a drive
to arrest Bagha Municipality JeI chief Nuhu Sarker and activist
Nazrul Islam in a case filed over an earlier attack on Police.
Five constables were injured in the attack.
In Joypurhat District, Police
arrested 23 JeI-ICS cadres from different areas of the District.
Police said they were arrested in connection with JeI-Police clash
cases on March 3 and 4 during JeI hartal.
In Jhenidah District, Police arrested
14 JeI-ICS cadres on charge of murder of Constable Faruk Hossain.
Police said that on March 3 JeI-ICS cadres attacked Police and
hacked Faruk to death on the spot. 10 other Policemen also suffered
injuries in the attack.
Police arrested four JeI-ICS cadres
from Chittagong District for their involvement in arson, vandalism
and attack on minority community. The arrestees were Faruk (25),
Kawsar (22), Harun (39) and Sirajul Haque (54).
At least 37 people, including
three Policemen, were injured when BNP cadres clashed with Police
and ruling AL members to mark countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal.
In Sirajganj District, BNP cadres clashed with Policemen, leaving
20 people, including a Police constable, Belal Hossain, injured.
In Rajshahi District, nine people, including a Police constable,
were injured in clashes between pickets and Policemen. In Dinajpur
District, three people were injured as pro-hartal activists were
locked in a clash with anti-hartal activists. The clash erupted
when AL members tried to resist the pickets at Andarmuha village.
In Brahmanbaria District, three people were injured as chase and
counter-chase took place between the BNP and AL cadres. In Dhaka
city, hartal supporters exploded six homemade bombs in Mirpur,
a bus driver sustained minor injuries. Two homemade bombs were
recovered from the road beside the International Crimes Tribunal
set in the High Court area in city for war crimes trial. In Comilla
District, a Police constable was injured when pickets hurled brick
chips at Policemen.
Forest officials said that JeI
and ICS cadres felled around 200 roadside trees to put up barricades
on roads during the recent violence unleashed by them in Dinajpur
and Joypurhat Districts. They said the trees belonging to the
forest department were cut down between February 28 and March
7. The forest department of the two Districts will soon file cases
with the Police station concerned, accusing the JeI-ICS cadres.
BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda
Zia while addressing a rally in front of BNP central office in
the Dhaka city's Nayapaltan area said those responsible for the
recent "genocide" in the country, including Prime Minister Sheikh
Hasina, would be tried if her party returns to power. Khaleda
said "The Prime Minister is guilty of crimes against humanity.
From the Government's number one to all responsible for killing
170 people across the country would be tried for committing crimes
Noakhali District unit of BNP
called a dawn to dusk hartal in protest against the arrest of
BNP joint Secretary Joynal Abedin Farque. The district unit BNP
called the hartal as Joynal was picked up during a raid at the
party central office at Nayapaltan in Dhaka city on March 11.
A half-day hartal was enforced
by BNP in Kurigram District protesting the arrest of its leader
Ruhul Kabir Rizvi. The district unit BNP called the hartal as
Rizvi was picked up during a raid at the party central office
at Nayapaltan in Dhaka city on March 11.
Police arrested the BNP Banskhali
sub-District chairman Alamgir Kabir of Chittagong District for
allegedly instigating a mob to launch attack on minority. On February
28, Aalamgir instigated JeI and ICS cadres that damaged the houses
and business entities of 62 Hindu families at Banskhali and set
three temples on fire.
Bangladesh Olama Mashaek Sanghati
Parishad, a platform of Islamist scholars and clerics announced
to hold a grand rally on March 23 in Dhaka city demanding a ban
on JeI and capital punishment for all war criminals. Fariduddin
Masud, chief of the parishad said, "JeI is an enemy of Islam.
It is importing religious extremism in the country in the name
of Islam. That's why we demand a ban on JeI."
Home Minister Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir
after visiting the victim of Hindu families in Banskhali sub-District
of Chittagong District said "The anti-liberation forces have carried
out the violence and attack on the families of minority communities
in a bid to cancel the trial of war criminals. But the Government
will not tolerate any violence in the country and is determined
to check the anti-liberation force with iron fists."
Sachetan Hindu Samaj in a news
conference at the Chittagong Press Club in Chittagong District
asked the Government to compensate the members of religious minorities
affected by attacks of JeI and ICS across the country. Lokonath
Ashram Parishad leader Tapon Chakrabarty and Bangladesh Hindu
Alliance Chittagong chapter convener Jishu Krishna Rakkhith were
also present in conference.
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia addressing
a rally at Louhajang sub-District of Munshiganj District called
the Gonojagoron Mancha (platform) at Shahbagh in Dhaka city a
platform of "atheists and spoilt people." The BNP chief said the
Shahbagh demonstrators were not neutral and that only spoilt youths
assembled there. She claimed the Government was patronizing those
youths by providing them with food and money.
Three physicians were injured
in Dhaka city as BNP-JeI cadres hurled a crude bomb at their car.
The BNP-JeI cadres also set ablaze at least 23 vehicles and damaged
40 more at different parts of Dhaka city. Police arrested 15 cadres.
BNP-JeI cadres exploded 12 handmade
bombs targeting the member of law enforcers at different parts
of Dhaka city. Police said there was no injury in the bomb-attacks.
One hundred eminent religious
leaders expressed solidarity with the ongoing series of programmes
of IOJ, which is protesting against the terrorist activities of
JeI and ICS cadres and indecent remarks against Prophet Hazrat
Muhammad. They said the JeI-ICS cadres were out to put the country
into a severe crisis by unleashing terrorism, killing law enforcers
and setting fire to places of worship of minority communities
like the 1971 War of Liberation across the country.
Two persons were killed and 41
others, including five Policemen, were injured in clashes between
pro-hartal cadres and law enforcement personnel during a countrywide
hartal enforced by the BNP-led 18-Party Alliance. In Sirajganj
District, a female passenger of a mechanised vehicle was killed
and 20 others, including three Policemen, were injured. In Feni
District, Noor Mohammad (34), a truck driver who was attacked
on March 17 by a group of hartal supporters succumbs to his injuries.
In Bhola District, at least 16 people, including one Policeman,
were injured in a clash with picketers. In Comilla District, at
least five people, including a Policeman, were injured when Police
chased picketers, who in turn chased them. In Dhaka city, pro-hartal
supporters exploded 17 homemade bombs in different places. The
Police arrested 19 of them with three crude bombs in their possession.
In Laxmipur District, hartal supporters brought out a procession
in the District town. Several crude bombs were also exploded in
Police raided a students' mess
at Collegepara area in Rangpur District and arrested 10 ICS cadres
from there. Police also recovered homemade bombs, bomb making
materials and books on jihad from the mess.
Police arrested three ICS cadres
- Samad, Aijer and Ferdous - from Kaunia sub-District of Rangpur
District. Police said they arrested the three on charge of their
bid to create unrest in the sub-District.
In Thakurgaon District, Police
arrested six ICS cadres from a students' mess at Gowalpara town
on charge of planning subversive activities.
People from all walks of life
defied the BNP-led 18-party alliance's hartal and flocked to the
Shahbagh intersection in Dhaka city to express their support for
the six-point demand of the Shahbagh protesters. The protesters
continued their movement for 42nd day, and sang songs of rebellion,
recited poems and screened documentaries from a stage near public
A cadre of the BCL Emran Hossain
(25), tied to the ruling AL was killed during violent clashes
in a hartal between the Government supporters and BNP-JeI cadres
at Gopalpur Upazila in Tangail District.
In Rajshahi District, cadres of
the ICS clashed with Police. At least 35 people including 10 Police
were injured in the clashes. Police said the ICS cadres detonated
at least 40 homemade bombs during their clash with the security
In Dhaka city, ICS cadres exploded
seven homemade bombs targeting Police deployed in the city. Seven
cadres were arrested from the city.
Police arrested 16 cadres of Islami
Chhatri Sangstha, the female student wing of JeI and two cadres
of ICS, the male student wing of JeI, in Fatullah town of Narayanganj
District while they were holding a meeting.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina while
addressing a public meeting in Pirojpur District called upon the
opposition leader Khaleda Zia, to stop killings and the politics
of bloodshed and dead bodies in the name of movement to protect
Information Minister Hasanul Haque
Inu while addressing a press conference in Dhaka accused BNP chairperson
stating "The BNP chief is pushing the country towards killings
and anarchy through information terrorism and provoking the people
A cadre of ICS was killed and
15 others, including five Policemen, were injured during the day-long
hartal enforced by JeI-ICS in Sylhet District. The deceased was
identified as Golam Rabbani (25). Police arrested seven ICS cadres
from the District.
Benapole C&F Agent association
general secretary Imdadul Haque Lota said that a total of taka
30 crore revenue losses at Benapole Customs House in Jessore District
for two days hartal called by BNP.
An emergency meeting of the FBCCI
board of directors decided to hold a conference of general members
to chalk out a work plan on the ongoing political turmoil in the
country. The conference may take place in the first week of April
and there is a possibility of taking programmes, like human chain
and white-flag procession, said a FBCCI director.
A local BNP leader and his daughter
were killed allegedly by a group of cadres of the outlawed PBCP
Janajuddha faction in Mujibnagar sub-District of Meherpur District.
The deceased were identified as Dr. Helal Uddin (40), Joint Secretary
of Mujibnagar unit of BNP, and his daughter Mitu, a second year
student of Mujibnagar Degree College.
A Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal (youth
wing of BNP) leader identified as Intaj Ali alias Intadul (30)
was killed and at least 26 others including eight Policemen were
injured in a clash between the BNP cadres and Police at Dariapur
village of Jhenidah District.
A cadre of JeI-ICS was killed
and 12 others, including two Policemen, were injured in a clash
between Police and JeI-ICS cadres at Joypur village of Jessore
District. The deceased was identified as Anisur Rahman (35).
The Police arrested five JeI-ICS
cadres in Chittagong District for their suspected involvement
in vandalism and burning of vehicles during two-day strike the
opposition alliance enforced from March 18-19. The arrestees are
Mohammad Kutub Uddin, Abdul Jalil, Shahidul Islam, Mohammad Selim,
and Tanvir Hasan.
BGB conveyed to India's BSF its
'deep concern' over death and injury caused to Bangladeshi nationals
along the border between the two countries. The issue was raised
at the 37th border coordination meet between the two border forces
in New Delhi.
Half-day hartals were enforced
separately by the cadres of JeI and BNP in Monirampur sub-District
of Jessore District and Mujibnagar sub-District of Meherpur District.
Police arrested two JeI leaders
in separate raids in Sylhet District. Saifulla Khaled, president
of ward 10 unit, was arrested from a house under Shahporan Police
Station area. In another drive, Kotwali Police area arrested Muhamad
Nazrul Islam, former president of the unit from Kodomtoli bus
Workers Party of Bangladesh, an
ally of the Awami League-led ruling alliance called on the Government
to take immediate steps for imposing a ban on JeI for 'countrywide
anarchy the party launched to foil the war crimes trial.
At least five people, including
three Policemen, were injured in violence during JeI-ICS's dawn-to-dusk
hartal in Chittagong District. During their rampage, JeI-ICS cadres
blasted 13 homemade bombs and brought out brisk processions in
the port city. Police arrested seven cadres in this connection.
The JeI-ICS cadres attacked a
Police team in Khansama sub-District of Dinajpur District when
Police were returning after arresting JeI leader Waresh Ali wanted
in connection with earlier cases on clash with Police.
Police arrested two JeI cadres
from Jessore District - Keshabpur town JeI secretary Professor
Moktar Hossain (52) and JeI cadre Ibrahim Khalil - who were accused
in bomb blast case.
Police arrested Kaliganj sub-District
JeI leader Muhamad Waliar Rahman on charges of attack on Policemen
and vandalising their vehicle in Jhenidah District. Police said
Waliar Rahman is a teacher of Hakkul Huda Alim Madrasa in the
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina asked
the armed forces to resist with all strengths any act against
the country's constitution and democracy.
At least three people were killed
and four others injured as a truck overturned after being chased
by BNP-JeI cadres in Jessore District during the last day of the
36-hour countrywide general strike. The deceased were identified
as Mohammad Ujjwal, Abdul Jalil and Moslem Mia.
In Lalmonirhat District, 20 schoolchildren
were injured as BNP-JeI cadres beat them up and their teachers.
In Satkhira District, JeI cadres
fired into the Police and pelted them with stones in which three
Policemen were injured.
In Chittagong District, a schoolgirl
identified as Antu Barua (14), a student of Class IX of the Aparnacharan
City Corporation School was injured as BNP-JeI cadres exploded
a homemade bomb.
In Dhaka city, BNP-JeI cadres
exploded several homemade bombs. The Police arrested six cadres.
At least 15 people were injured
in a clash between the supporters of AL and BNP-JeI in Rarhikhali
village of Magura District. During the clash, AL leader Abdus
Salam Sardar and 14 others from both sides sustained injuries.
In Chapainawabganj District, three
cadres of ICS were killed and 30 others sustained bullet injuries
when the Police opened fire to disperse a mob of villagers led
by JeI-ICS cadres after they attacked the law enforcers during
a raid in Shyampur village of the District. The deceased were
identified as Waliullah (18), Matiur Rahman Mati (45), and Rabiul
In Sirajganj District one ICS
cadre identified as Yunus Ali (16) and a BNP cadre identified
as Farid (19) was killed and 45 others, including three Police
men were injured during violent clashes with the Police at Kalyanpur
village of the District.
Police arrested 24 JeI-ICS cadres
from a mosque at East Kalidas village of Feni District while they
were holding a secret meeting inside the mosque.
Police arrested 13 ICS leaders
from Nighum Chattrabas, a hostel in the Rangpur city of Rangpur
District and recovered a huge number of Jehadi books, iron rods
and other weapons. The arrested leaders are Safiqul Islam, Shah
Alam, Samiul Islam, Mehedi Hasan, Ismail Hossain, Abul Zahid,
Nayan Mia, Nazrul Islam, Nuruzzaman, Mohosin Ali, Sawapon Gani,
Mehefuz and Sahinur.
At least 50 people including two
Policemen were injured when cadres of JeI-ICS hurled 15 homemade
bombs in Rajshahi city of Rajshahi District. Around 100 JeI-ICS
cadres brought out a procession to press their demands of an end
to the war crimes trial and release of party cadres arrested in
connection with a clash on March 29.
At least 40 people injured in
a clash between cadres of BCL and ICS on the campus of Islamic
University in Kushtia District. During the clash, both the groups
exchanged around 20 bullets and blasted around 50 homemade bombs.
Police arrested three JeI cadres
including secretary of the town committee of the Bogra District
Muhamad Majedur Rahman Jewel. Police said when the team arrested
Jewel at that time a group of JeI-ICS cadres attacked the Police
and the recent violence in the district town was carried out by
the direction of Jewel.
ICS President Delwar Hossain was
arrested in the Dhaka city's Shyamoli for alleged involvement
in recent violence and attacks on Police. Police said "The ICS
leader was involved in almost all the recent acts of violence,
such as arson, vandalism, bombing and attacks on Police."
In Rangpur District, at least
50 people were injured when the cadres of ICS, protesting the
arrest of their central president, damaged 12 buses and set ablaze
two buses in Dharmadas area on the Rangpur-Dhaka highway.
In Barisal District, at least
10 persons were injured in a half-hour clash between Police and
BNP-JeI cadres in Barisal city. Eight BNP-JeI cadres were arrested
from the city.
In Rajshahi District, at least
eight people, including a Police official, were injured in a clash
between JeI-ICS cadres and Police. The clashes erupted when the
JeI-ICS cadres brought out a procession in Shalbagan area.
In Jhenidah District, at least
five ICS cadres were injured when the Police and ICS cadres locked
in a clash in the Jhenidah town. Police arrested one ICS cadre
in this connection.
In Dhaka city, the BNP-JeI cadres
exploded four homemade bombs and set ablaze seven vehicles, including
one ATN News vehicle, in front of the BNP's Nayapaltan office
in the city just after a BNP rally. The driver of the ATN News
car, Solaiman, suffered injuries during the attack.
In Chittagong District, Police
arrested seven JeI-ICS cadres, in connection with a case filed
for torching and vandalising vehicles on March 31 in Bahaddarhat
In Khulna District, in a pre-hartal
raid, a team of Police arrested JeI leader Prof. Abdul Matin and
30 ICS cadres from separate places in the Khulna city.
BCL cadres stabbed two ICS cadres
at RU of Rajshahi District and handed over them to Police. The
injured ICS cadres are Borhan Uddin and Ali Hossain, both third
year students of Islamic Studies Department.
Two children were seriously injured
as a homemade bomb exploded in Feni town of Feni District during
the 18-party alliance sponsored nationwide strike. The children
were identified as Mohammad Jisan (9) and Nusrat Jaha (5).
20 JeI-ICS leaders and cadres
were arrested from Kharajura area of Gazipur District. Police
arrested them while they were taking preparation for picketing
in the area during hartal called by the 18-party alliance.
Two members of JSD were seriously
injured in an attack allegedly by the cadres of JeI-ICS in front
of Shibganj Academy of Chapainawabganj District. The injured were
identified as Ariful Islam Will (42) and Toslem Uddin (42).
Police filed a case against 1,000
cadres of JeI-ICs on charges of attacking Police and obstructing
them from discharging their duties in Chirirbandar town of Dinajpur
Police filed a case against 500
JeI-ICS cadres in Bagerhat District on charge of attacking the
law enforcers and preventing them from discharging their duties
in Fakirhat town.
JeI-ICS cadres observed a daylong
hartal in the 16 northern Districts of the country demanding immediate
release of party President Delwar Hossain who was arrested from
Dhaka city on March 31.
RAB in a pre-dawn raid arrested
36 cadres of ICS in connection with the attack on Policemen and
recovered a large number of sharp weapons, jihadi books, leaflets
and bombs from a mess controlled by ICS in Rajshahi city of Rajshahi
Police arrested eight local leaders
of ICS from a student mess in Rangpur city of Rangpur District.
Police also recovered huge bomb making materials, books on jihad,
donation receipts, petrol, identity cards, mobile phones, computer,
laptop, CDs, two motorbikes and a megaphone from the mess.
Police arrested 36 cadres of JeI-ICS
from different parts of the Comilla District. Police arrested
12 JeI-ICS cadres from Comilla town, six from Sadar Dakkhin sub-District,
three each from Barura and Monohorganj sub-Districts, two each
from Nangolkot, Burichang, Muradnagar, Titash and Daudkandi sub-Districts
and one each from Chandina and Laksham sub-Districts.
A clash between cadres of the
Hifazat-e-Islam (a radical Islamist group) and ruling AL at Dhaka
city has left one person dead and at least 30 people injured.
The deceased was identified as Shahidul Islam (36), a fruit vendor
by profession and an AL member.
25 pro-liberation organisations
began a 24-hour hartal and 22-hour rail-road blockade programme
simultaneously across the country to resist Hifazat-e-Islam’s
Dhaka long march scheduled for April 6. 10 left-leaning parties
and several other organisations also extended their support to
Police arrested 30 cadres of Hifazat-e-Islam
from a bus in Palashbari area of Gaibandha District. Police halted
the bus carrying the cadres and arrested them while they were
going towards Dhaka to join a rally scheduled for April 6. Police
also seized the bus carrying them.
An AL leader, Nausher Khan was
beaten and killed in a Madrasa in Madani Nagar of Faridpur District
by Hefajat-e-Islam cadres.
At least 60 people, including
a Policeman, were injured in clashes between the Hefajat-e-Islam
cadres and pro-hartal activists across the country during the
countrywide hartal and blockade.
Two homemade bombs went off near
a procession of around 300 Hefajat-e-Islam cadres in Bogra District.
The bombs exploded after supporters of AL obstructed the procession
as it headed for Motijheel in Dhaka city.
Hefajat-e-Islam cadres gathered
at Motijheel area of Dhaka city and gave the Government three
weeks’ time to meet their demands, which include a law allowing
for the death penalty for maligning Islam and stern punishment
to those they call atheist bloggers.
BNP and JeI cadres allegedly killed
a leader of Juba League, the ruling AL’s youth organisation beating
him and cutting the tendons of his legs after abducting him from
his house at Kalai sub-District in Jaipurhat District. The deceased
is identified as Juba League organising secretary Touhidul Islam
At least 40 people were injured
during a clash between AL and BNP-ICS cadres at Malanchi Bazar
of Natore District. At least 25 AL men and 15 BNP-ICS cadres were
injured in the clash.
Three separate Dhaka courts sent
10 top BNP leaders, including its acting secretary general Mirza
Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and standing committee member Moudud Ahmed,
to jail rejecting their bail pleas in connection with eight cases.
The other BNP leaders are Goyeshwar Chandra Roy, Mirza Abbas,
Abdullah Al Noman, Barkatullah Bulu, Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal,
Rizvi Ahmed, Amanullah Aman, and Shahiduddin Chowdhury Annie.
Incidents of violence marked a
countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal enforced by Hefejat-e-Islam. In
Dhaka city, the Islamists clashed with Police and ruling party
AL activists that left at least 50 injured. In Chittagong District,
at least 40 people were injured in a series of violent clashes
between the activists of Hefajat-e-Islam and ruling party. In
Mymensingh District, 40 people were injured in fierce clashes
between the activists of AL and Hefajat-e-Islam. In Gazipur District,
at least 20 Hefajat-e-Islam cadres were injured in clashes with
Juba League and Chhatra League activists of AL. The ruling party
activists handed over at least 15 Hefajat-e-Islam cadres to Police
after beating them up. In Naraynagnj District, at least six people
were injured in clashes between Hefajat-e-Islam and Police backed
by AL activists. Hefajat-e-Islam cadres torched a bus while the
Police arrested two of them. In Jessore District, at least three
madrassah students and a mason were wounded in separate clashes
with Juba League activists at Nawapara industrial town. In Sirajganj
District, Hefajat-e-Islam cadres vandalised a truck on Bogra-Nagarbari
highway leaving its driver and his assistant injured.
A trucker was killed when pickets
attacked him on Dhaka-Bogra highway in Bogra District prior to
the beginning of 18-party opposition-called 36-hour countrywide
shutdown. The deceased is identified as Khokon (35).
Shahbagh protesters brought out
a procession carrying sticks protesting against the attack on
their stage following Hefajat-e-Islami's rally at Motijheel in
Dhaka City. Imran H Sarkar, one frontline leader of the Shahbagh
protests said 'we would resist the radical group and their 13-point
demands though massive movement.' The protesters also shouted
slogans and held cultural programmes at Shahbagh crossing.
FBCCI president Kazi Akram Uddin
Ahmed called for enacting a law to ban hartal in the interest
of economic growth. He also called upon the Government and the
political parties to shun the path of politics of confrontation
and urged the political parties to find an alternative to hartal
to voice their demands.
US at the second Bangladesh-US
security dialogue held at the US Department of State in Washington
assured Bangladesh of both technical and resource support for
its security institution building, training and exchange of professionals,
granting of UN accreditation to the BIPSOT. US also lauded the
present Government of Bangladesh for its 'extraordinary efforts'
to curb terrorism and religious fundamentalism.
47 persons were injured in triangular
clashes between law enforcers, activists of AL and BNP on the
second day of the BNP-led 18-party alliance countrywide hartal.
In Dhaka city, cadres of JCD and ICS brought out processions in
support of the hartal and exploded 19 homemade bombs creating
panic in the city. In Noagaon District, at least 25 people were
injured in a triangular clash between law enforcers, BNP and AL
activists at Prosadpur Bazar. In Dinajpur District, 12 persons
including five Policemen were injured as JCD-ICS cadres clashed
with Police in the morning. Police arrested six JCD-ICS cadres
from the District. In Narayanganj District, five persons were
injured during a clash between hartal supporters and Police in
the morning. In Gazipur District, a journalist and four others
were injured in a clash between Police and hartal supporters in
front of Hossain Market. In Bogra District, JCD cadres exploded
10 homemade bombs in different parts of the District town.
A case has been filed against
111 BNP and JeI-ICS cadres on charge of killing a truck driver
in Bogra town of Bogra District during BNP-led 18-party alliance's
daylong hartal across the country on April 9, Police filed the
case against 41 named and 70 unnamed cadres.
Three persons were killed and
another 100 got injured as Hefajat-e-Islam and JeI cadres clashed
with AL men in Fatikchhari sub-District of Chittagong District
during the countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal. The fighting continued
for nearly four hours, leaving at least 100 people including 15
policemen and five firefighters wounded.
The daylong hartal called by the
ICS was observed amid stray incidents of violence in different
parts of the country. One JeI-ICS cadre identified as Mansoor
Ali (50) was killed and over 50 people were injured when the Police
fired bullets during a clash with JeI-ICS cadres at Chechuri village
under Dumiria sub-District in Khulna District. In Dhaka city,
ICS cadres brought out several violent processions and involved
in a clash with the Police. Eight homemade bombs were also exploded
sparking panic among the locals. Two Policemen and two ICS cadres
were injured during the clashes. The Police arrested 30 ICS cadres
in connection with the arson from the city. In Sathkhira District,
two people were injured in an attack carried out by JeI-ICS cadres.
Union president Habibar Rahman of the AL and local AL activist
Abdul Karim Sardar were injured. In Feni District, ICS cadres
vandalised a truck and a few other vehicles, and exploded at least
20 homemade bombs. In Comilla District, ICS cadres exploded four
homemade bombs. The Police arrested four ICS cadres while they
were organising a picket. In Bogra District, ICS cadres blocked
the Dhaka-Bogra highway. They also staged a demonstration there
and set tyres ablaze. Two homemade bombs were exploded in the
Bogra town's Yakubia School intersection.
Unidentified miscreants hurled
three crude bombs targeting a parked car being used by Indian
High Commissioner during a visit to southwestern Khulna District,
injuring three people including his driver. The High Commissioner
Pankaj Saran escaped unhurt as he was in a meeting with the local
leaders. Assistant Police Commissioner Abul Kalam Azad said "We
suspect that activists of JeI exploded the bombs ahead of their
planned general strike in the District to create fear among public
so their programme could be enforced."
A case has been filed against
some 5,000 people in connection with April 11's triangular clash
involving activists of AL and JeI-ICS-Hefajat-e-Islam at Kazirhat
village in Fatikchari sub-District of Chittagong District that
left three people dead. Police filed the case against 100 named
and 4,900 unnamed people.
A JeI-ICS cadre, who was injured
in a clash with Police in Boda sub-District of Panchagarh District
during a daylong hartal, called by JeI-ICS on April 11,
died at a hospital. The deceased is identified as Abu Taleb (28).
JeI-ICS cadres enforced a half-day
hartal in Khulna and Jaipurhat Districts on April 13. In Khulna
District, JeI-ICS cadres vandalised 15 BRTC buses and exploded
six crude bombs after damaging the vehicles. During the hartal,
Zahidul Islam (13), a student of Class VI of Gopalpur High School,
sustained severe burn injury in the legs. In Jaipurhat District,
hartal was observed without any major incident of violence
An activist of BCL, the student
front of the AL was killed in an attack by the cadres of JCD,
the student wing of BNP and ICS, the student wing of JeI in Rajshahi
city of Rajshahi District. The deceased is identified as Rabiul
At least three Policemen were
injured in an attack launched by JeI and ICS cadres in Moulvibazar
District. The injured persons are identified as OC Nazim Uddin,
Sub-Inspector Abul Hussain, and Constable Mujammel Hussain. The
cadres of JeI-ICS attacked the three-member Police team when it
went to Kharpara village of the District to arrest the JeI-ICS
cadres accused in a case filed earlier. Police arrested 12 cadres
in connection with the incident.
ICS cadres enforced a daylong
hartal in Chapainawabganj and Rajshahi Districts amid stray incidents.
In Chapainawabganj District, ICS cadres clashed with Police when
the pro-hartal processionists' hurled brick chips at the law enforcers.
Police fired at least eight rounds of bullets from shotgun to
disperse the cadres equipped with bamboo sticks. Police arrested
one ICS cadre after the clash. In Rajshahi District, pro-hartal
activists torched tyres after pouring petrol on the road in Binodpur
area. Police arrested six cadres of ICS for "trying to creating
At least eight people were injured
as cadres of ICS allegedly exploded homemade bombs near the main
gate of SUST in Sylhet District. The ICS cadres also vandalised
a restaurant near the gate where some SUST unit BCL men were taking
foods only few minutes before the incident.
Two ICS cadres were arrested in
connection with the explosion of three crude bombs in front of
the office of Khulna Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Khulna
District on April 12. The Police and the RAB in joint drives arrested
Molla Ashrafuzzaman Babul (36) and Rafiqul Islam (24) from Baitypara
road of the District.
State Minister for Law, Quamrul
Islam said it is a matter of time to slap a ban on JeI politics
and the party will be banned through proper legal procedure. The
state minister said this while speaking at a public rally organised
by Dhaka city unit of the 14-party alliance in front of Awami
League (AL) central office on Bangabandhu Avenue in the city.
A leader of BCL was seriously
injured as cadres of ICS attacked him in Rangpur city of Rangpur
District. The victim is identified as Rafiur Rahman Rafi, president
of Rangpur Carmichael College unit BCL.
Police arrested 12 JeI-ICS from
Chittagong city of Chittagong District accused in the Fatikchari
violence. On April 11 in an attack by JeI-ICS cadres on an AL
procession at Kazirhat Bazar under Fatikchari sub-District left
three people dead and more than 100 others, including Police and
fire fighters, injured.
Some District-level senior JeI
leaders told that grassroots-level cadres of JeI are preparing
to unleash again vicious protests in the country sensing the ICTs
may convict their former chief Ghulam Azam and leader Kamaruzzaman
of war crimes charges. They told that they would enforce hartals
and other sorts of protests from the moment the ICTs deliver verdicts
convicting the JeI leaders.
Police arrested two alleged cadres
of banned outfit HT in Bhandaria sub-District of Pirojpur District.
They were identified as Mozammel Haq and his son Saiful Islam.
Police faced resistance during
their drive to rescue a BCL man abducted by JeI cadres at Chondidasgati
village of Pabna District. JeI cadres picked up BCL activist Muhamad
Uzzal Hossain from his house and beat him up. Being informed by
victim's family, Police went to the village and launched a drive
to rescue Uzzal. But JeI cadres along with the villagers cordoned
off the law enforcers and forced them to leave the village.
Police had to retreat from Kalyanpur
village in Sirajganj District in the face of angry protests from
JeI and ICS. The Police went to Kalyanpur village to arrest accused
persons in a case against JeI-ICS cadres.
Police arrested three alleged
cadres of banned Islamist outfit HuT in Dhaka city. While HT militant,
Isa Khan, (24) was arrested in Gulshan area, the other two Delwar
Hossain, (25), and Nayem Abdulla, (24), who escaped from the scene,
were later arrested from Niketon area.
Hefazat-e-Islam (HeI) would "run
the country" if their 13-point demand was not met by May 5, Moulana
Ataullah Amin, 'joint secretary' of HeI's Dhaka city unit, told
a meeting in the Dhaka's Mohammadpur.
Two leaders of BCL were seriously
injured in an attack by JeI-ICS cadres in Shibganj sub-District
of Chapainawabganj District. The injured leaders were Karimul
Islam Rajin, former president of Shibganj unit of BCL and Moshiur
Rahman Hitul, secretary of Shibganj unit of BCL. Police arrested
seven JeI-ICS cadres in this connection.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said
opposition leader Khaleda Zia would not be spared and the BNP-JeI
will have to take the responsibility for violence. She noted "People
have already tolerated so much. If you think that you would be
spared after killing innocent people, Policemen, rickshaw pullers
and drivers, it is not correct. You and your ally JeI will have
to shoulder the responsibility for these violent acts."
As many as 29 cases were filed
with different Police Stations of Dinajpur District suing at least
13,000 JeI-ICS cadres and BNP activists for their involvement
in violence in the District since the pronouncement of the verdict
against Moulana Delwar Hossain Saidee for war crimes on February
28. The cases have been filed due to attack on Police, obstructing
Police in performing their duties, damaging houses, torching and
attacking minorities and axing roadside trees in the District.
Two Policemen were injured in
a clash with ICS cadres at Chouddagram sub-District in Comilla
District. When the Police tried to disperse a procession, ICS
cadres attacked them, leaving two Policemen injured. The ICS cadres
also vandalised a Police vehicle and a number of vehicles plying
on Dhaka-Chittagong Highway.
In Rajshahi District, ICS cadres
vandalised a goods-laden truck in Kapashia area on the outskirts
of the Rajshahi city. They also exploded homemade bombs in Kharkhari,
Balia, and Shahmakhdum areas.
In Chapainawabganj District, ICS
cadres blocked Chapainawabganj-Sonamasjid Road at Razarampur and
Shibtala area in the Chapainawabganj town by burning tyres. They
exploded homemade bombs at Boro Indira intersection, Shibtala
and Upar Razarampur in the town.
Five cadres of ICS were arrested
in Dhaka city's Adabar and Dhaka University campus. During a drive
at a house in Adabar area, RAB arrested Mobarak Hossain, education
secretary of ICS, and Russell Ahmed, ICS Central Committee member,
with computers and books and CDs on jihad. The two are accused
in various cases filed with different Police stations. Meanwhile,
BCL, the student wing of AL detained three Dhaka University students
at Bangabandhu Hall on the campus, suspecting them as ICS cadres
and handed over to Police. The detainees were identified as Abu
Saleh, Nazmul Ahmed and Saidur Rahman.
22 persons injured in countrywide
general strike called by the BNP-led opposition alliance. In Dhaka
city, five people were injured as pickets exploded crude bombs
frequently in different points in the city. The Police arrested
19 pickets on charge vandalism and explosion. In Rajshahi District,
five activists of the BNP, including the District BNP president
Nadim Mostafa, were injured as the Police fired rubber bullets
into a procession of pickets. In Jessore District, at least 10
people, including three Policemen, were injured in a clash with
pickets at Jessore-Magura Highway. The Police fired rubber bullets
to disperse the pickets. In Lalmonirhat District, pickets assault
two physicians for riding motorcycle during strike in the District
town. A case was filed in this connection against 15 people with
the Lalmonirhat Police about midday. None was arrested.
RAB arrested two cadres of outlawed
Gomukti Fauj (GF) in Sadar sub-District of Jhenidah District.
The arrestees are Hasanuzzaman (34) and Chand Ali Mondol (40).
The elite force recovered a shutter gun, two bullets and two bombs
from the possession of the outlaws.
A 14-year-old boy was killed and
around 50 people, including three Policemen, were injured in violence
in a nationwide hartal enforced by the BNP-led 18-party alliance.
There were also reports of explosion of homemade bombs. Police
said the teenager, Ali Limon, was killed during clashes between
ICS cadres and law enforcers in Chapainawabganj District.
Police and RAB arrested six ICS
cadres at Satkania sub-District in Chittagong District in connection
with cases filed with the Satkania Police Station. The arrestees
were identified as Nurul Alam (34), Md Jamal (28), Md Shahidul
Islam (25), Md Nasir (25), Moazzem (24), and Md Shohel (20).
Police arrested Shahjahan Ali
(55), a leader of JeI in the Rangpur city of Rangpur District
accused in Constable Mojahar Ali murder case.
JeI and ICS called eight-hour
hartals in Chittagong and Cox's Bazar Districts. Police arrested
Chittagong District unit JeI Ameer (Chief) Jafor Sadek in connection
with the JeI-ICS cadres' mayhem.
Mohsen Rashid, counsel for the
EC said some provisions of the charter of JeI are contrary to
Bangladesh's constitution and the RPO. The counsel said the EC
has given provisional registration to JeI as a political party
in November 2008 as the party satisfied the commission by saying
that they would submit an amended constitution after its council
A minor girl was killed during
a clash between cadres of ICS and BCL in Satkania sub-District
of Chittagong District. The deceased minor girl is identified
as two-and-half-year-old Sukhi. Sukhi died on the spot as a bullet
hit her during the clash that also left five people injured.
At least seven HeI cadres were
injured as AL men attacked them in Jessore District. The group's
District unit general secretary Maulana Abdul Mannan said that
HeI will hold a rally to push for its 13-point demands in the
Jessore Disstrict on April 27. He said that they would deploy
313 volunteers for the rally.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith addressing
at the reception for 36 decorated freedom fighters of Sylhet District,
in a Shylhet city hotel said JeI-ICS cadres were in their "last
attempt" in foiling the ongoing trial of war criminals.
At least three persons were killed
as a group of JeI cadres attacked an AL meeting at Umarpur village
under Shibganj sub-District of Chapainawabganj District. The deceased
were identified as AL activists - Nurshed Ali and Nasir Uddin
and JeI cadre Bhabanipur Madrassah. The fierce clash also left
at least 50 others injured. During the clash, JeI cadres exploded
at least 10 crude bombs and set fire to several houses belonging
to AL supporters.
Cadres of ICS attacked a Police
team at Shibtala in the Chapainawabganj District Headquarters,
leaving Sub-Inspector Rais Uddin of the Chapainawabganj Sadar
Police injured. Police arrested two ICS cadres, including its
Chapainawabganj Town unit president Enayetullah from the spot.
A leader of Jubo League was allegedly
killed by ICS cadres by cutting the carotid arteries of his neck
and the tendons of hands and legs in Bakhrabaj area of Rajshahi
District. The deceased is identified as Anwarul Islam Anar (35),
the General Secretary of the Rajshahi city's unit Jubo League.
HeI leaders addressing a rally
in Rajshahi city's Madrasa Maidan threatened to topple the Government
if their 13-point demand was unmet and if their May 5 Dhaka blockade
programme was resisted.
A Chittagong District court sentenced
four ICS cadres to life term imprisonment for killing a leader
of BCL. The fugitive convicts are Muzahidul Islam Selim, Muhamad
Hamid, Rahamat Ullah, and Muhamad Selim. BCL leader Ariful Islam
was injured on January 15, 2000 over the then Chittagong City
Corporation election and died in Dhaka on January 19, 2000.
Leaders of HeI in a rally held
at Central Eidgah in Bogra District threatened to unseat the Government
if their 13-point demand is not met by May 5. The rally was addressed
by Ameer of HeI Allama Shah Ahmad Shafi, Secretary Junaid Babunagari,
central Vice President Noor Hossain Kashimi, Bogra unit member-secretary
Engineer Shamsul Islam, Maulana Abdur Rouf and Nazmul Ahsan.
Law Minister Barrister Shafique
Ahmed said "The Government is amending the anti-terrorism act
to make it harsher and to address all forms of terrorism, including
hartal violence." He told "The amendment is aimed at suppressing
acts and finance of terror. Indiscriminate vandalism, damage to
property and violence before and during the hartal day is not
a political right.
A Sylhet District court sent 42
cadres of JeI-ICS to jail in a case filed in connection with the
attack on ruling AL office on March 2. The attackers also vandalised
several shops and set them on fire to press for the release of
JeI leader Delawar Hossain Sayeedi.
Describing the activities of HeI
as 'mysterious', Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu said "The
movement of HeI is not to protect the faith of Muslims. They are
working as the shadow of JeI-ICS to foil the trials of war criminals."
Environment and Forest Minister
Dr Hasan Mahmud urged HeI to call off their Dhaka blockade programme
on May 5 to avoid sabotage. He told journalists at his secretariat
office "We have information that BNP and JeI-ICS cadres are planning
to foil HeI's blockade programme, carrying out sabotage by entering
the programme in the guise of HeI."
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina addressing
a press conference at her official residence in Dhaka city clarified
the Government's position on the 13-point demand of the HeI. Hasina
said, "We've already gone through HeI demands. Many of these have
already been implemented while some are in the process."
HeI Nayeb-e-Amir Nur Hossain Kasemi
at a briefing at HeI's office at Dhaka city said their cadres
(Tauhidi Janata) will be deployed at six entry points of the city
on May 5 to lay siege to Dhaka peacefully. Kasemi urged the owners
and workers of all kinds of transports to keep the vehicles off
the road on May 5.
Four civilians were killed and
hundred others injured as HeI cadres enforced their "Dhaka siege"
programme across Dhaka City. Two of the deceased were identified
as Siddiqur Rahman and Zubair. Identities of two others could
not be known.
Home Minister Dr Mohiuddin Khan
Alamgir said that the JeI-ICS cadres have joined the procession
and rally under the garb of the HeI and they have attacked the
Police, damaged and burned down public property. Later, he claimed
that the situation, prevailing in the capital, is under control.
At least 27 persons, including three SFs, killed
in clashes between SFs and HeI cadres in Narayanganj, Chittagong
and Bagerhat Districts. In Narayanganj District, 20 persons, including
two Policemen and a BGB soldier, were killed. In Chittagong District,
six people were killed and 50 others, including five Policemen,
injured. In Bagerhat District, one HeI cadre was killed and at
least 20 other persons, including SFs and journalists, were injured
during the running battles.
Police arrested HeI Secretary General Junaid Babunagari
at the Dhaka city's Lalbagh just 45 minutes after its Ameer Shah
Ahmad Shafi left Dhaka for Chittagong District. Police said that
the HeI leader will be grilled in connection with the recent killings
of Policemen and violence by his party cadres.
The Director General of the Islamic Foundation,
Shamim M Afzal claimed that the cadres of HeI caused a damage
of BDT 15.17 crore to Baitul Mukarram Market during May 5 violence.
He said they were going to file a case against thousands of unnamed
HeI cadres in this connection.
15 high-ranking leaders of HeI claimed that "hundreds
of its activists" were killed during the pre-dawn operation of
the law enforcers at Motijheel in Dhaka. They condemned the attack
and said it would be treated as the greatest massacre in history.
More than 100,000 people, including six senior
leaders of HeI, sued for killing, arson, vandalism, burglary and
bomb attacks during May 5's daylong violence in downtown Dhaka
city, Narayanganj, Chittagong and Bagerhat Districts.
The death toll from the fierce clash between cadres
of HeI and Police during May 6's clash in Narayanganj District
has risen to 22 after injured BGB trooper, Lavlu Miah (38), and
Muhamad Sumon (22), a student of Dhaka City College, succumbed
to their injuries.
CPB President Mujahidul Islam Selim at a press
conference at his party office in Dhaka city alleged that JeI
was the mastermind of May 5's violence in Dhaka city as it conspired
to create a deadlock situation by "strategically" using the programme
of HeI to foil the WC trial.
Junaid Babunagari, secretary general of HeI, during
an interrogation, blamed activists of JeI and ICS for May 5's
violence across the Dhaka city. He also denied responsibilities
for the killing, attack, arson, vandalism and looting that took
place during the Dhaka blockade of HeI.
Environment Minister Hasan Mahmud said that BNP
central leaders MK Anwar and Sadeque Hossain were behind May 5's
violence perpetrated by HeI cadres during their rally in Dhaka.
He also blamed central leaders of BNP-backed student organisation
JCD and JeI's student body ICS for leading the trouble.
BNP-led 18-party alliance enforced countrywide
daylong hartal forcing the Government to reschedule May 9's HSC
and its equivalent examinations for May 31. Hartal supporters
torched a three wheeler in Dhaka city's Mirpur and exploded several
homemade bombs. However, no casualty was reported. In Sarail sub-District
of Brahmanbaria District, a Police official was injured in an
attack by activists of BNP, JeI and HeI. In Bogra town of Bogra
District, JeI and ICS cadres torched tyres and exploded at least
five homemade bombs at a Police vehicle.
State minister for Law, Advocate Quamrul Islam
alleged that May 5's mayhem in Paltan area of Dhaka city, carried
out by the HeI, was funded by the ISI of Pakistan. He also said
that the main opposition BNP and JeI had led the attacks.
Two left-leaning parties, CPB and BSD, at a joint
rally in front of the National Press Club in Dhaka city demanded
immediate ban on HeI, JeI and ICS for creating anarchy across
the country. The leaders of the parties also blamed the main opposition
BNP for extending support to HeI.
A HeI cadre, who received a bullet wound in clashes
between law enforcers and HeI cadres in Paltan area during Dhaka
Siege programme of HeI on May 5, died at Dhaka Medical College
Hospital. The deceased is identified as Farhan Raza (30).
ICT-2 sentenced JeI Assistant Secretary General
Muhammad Kamaruzzaman to death as he was found guilty in five
out of seven charges committed during the Liberation War of Bangladesh
in 1971. Of the five charges, Kamaruzzaman was awarded the death
penalty for charges three (for killing 120 unarmed civilians and
raping of women in Sohaghpur village of Sherpur District) and
four (for torture and killing of Golam Mostafa Talukdar of Gridda
Narayanpur village in Sherpur District).
JeI and ICS cadres clashed with Police and exploded
handmade bombs in Rajshahi District after announcement of the
verdict in the war crimes case against JeI leader Muhammad Kamaruzzaman.
The cadres barricaded Rajshahi-Naogaon road by felling logs and
electricity poles. The law enforcers fired rubber bullets, tear
gas and sound grenades to disperse the attackers.
JeI called a countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal (general
strike) for May 12 in protest at the death sentence for its leader
Police arrested 15 cadres of ICS from two messes
in Rajshahi city of Rajshahi District and recovered two homemade
bombs, 500 grams gunpowder, 100 grams potassium, 100 marbles,
four sharp weapons, 40 Jihadi books, and 100 posters from them.
Police said that the arrested ICS cadres were involved in recent
attacks on Police and planning to commit subversive acts in the
city after the death sentence of JeI leader Muhammad Kamaruzzaman.
Home Minister Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir after inaugurating
a bridge at Hayatpur village in Chandpur District said that May
12's nationwide general strike called by JeI was illegal and unfair
and it would not be successful. He warned all the 'miscreants'
of JeI against any vandalism during the general strike and said
that the Government would resist them with a firm hand if they
resorted to chaos and vandalism.
An ICS cadre, identified as Shahadat Hossain,
was killed in a gunfight between ISC cadres and RAB at Binodpur
Amjad intersection in Rajshahi city of Rajshahi District. Hossain
was wanted in a number of cases filed for attacking Police since
February, 2013. The law enforcers also recovered a pistol, a magazine
loaded with five bullets, six crude bombs and three bottles of
patrol near the body of Hossain.
JeI Nayeb-e-Ameer (Deputy Chief) AKM Yusuf, founder
of the infamous Razakar force that collaborated with the occupation
Pakistani army in killing three million Bengalis in 1971, was
arrested from Dhaka. He was later sent to jail. 15 charges and
most of the charges were brought against him for genocide committed
DB of Police arrested two JeI leaders on suspicion
of their involvement in subversive activities in Rajshahi city
of Rajshahi District. The arrested persons are Farid Uddin and
Police arrested an ICS cadre, also one of the
prime accused in Police constable Mojahar Ali murder case, in
Pirgachha sub-District of Rangpur District. The arrestee was identified
as Muhamad Ashikur Rahman (18).
Source:Compiled from news reports and