Bangladesh Timeline - Year 2018



January 1

Members of CTTC Unit arrested two militants of Neo-JMB from East Madarbari area in Chittagong District. The CTTC team recovered 10 grenades and two suicide vests from them.

January 5 AAM Humayun Kabir, Chittagong chief of the CTTC unit of the Police said that in order to stay under the law enforcement agencies' radar, militants have changed tactics and are now assuming code numbers, instead of aliases, to identify themselves.
January 7 Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader inaugurating a photo exhibition organized in Dhaka city said that BNP-JeI is behind the recent abductions and enforced disappearances.
January 8 Police arrested two cadres of Nakshal Bahini in Santhia upazila of Pabna District. The arrestees are Lalu Hossain (26) and Milon Hossain (24). Police recovered three bombs from their possession.
January 10 ICT-1 handed down death penalty to two and jail until death to three others for crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971. Of the convicts, Ujer Ahmed Chowdhury (63) and Nesar Ali (75) were given death penalties, while Yunus Ahmed (71), Samsul Hossain Tarafder (65) and Mobarak Mia (66) were awarded imprisonment until death. Yunus and Ujer are in jail and the rest are on the run. All the convicts were involved with the JeI after the Liberation War.
January 12 Three JMB militants were killed when the RAB busted a hideout only 500 metres away from the PMO in Dhaka city. Two RAB officials were injured as well. RAB recovered three suicide vests, two pistols, 14 IEDs and detonators, four containers of explosive gel and equipment to make IEDs from the room the militants had been staying in.
January 14 RAB identified one of the three JMB militants killed during a raid in Dhaka city on January 12 as Mezba Uddin of Comilla District. His fingerprints matched with the Election Commission database and confirmed his identity, Lieutenant Colonel Emranul Hasan, commanding officer-of RAB-3, told.
January 16 Myanmar requested Bangladesh to extradite 1,300 militants of ARSA, claiming it has information that those members were attempting to disrupt the repatriation of the Rohingyas.
January 19 Hours after RAB released photographs of two JMB militants killed during a raid in Dhaka city on January 12 Chittagong Police confirmed that one of them was Nafis Ul Islam who had remained missing from the port city since October 6, 2017.
January 20 War crimes trial campaigners of Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee, a platform campaigning for the trial of war criminals reiterated their demand that the Government ban JeI for its anti-liberation role during the Liberation War.
January 21

The last of the three JMB militants killed during a raid in Dhaka city on January 12 was identified as Robin Mia (17). His brother Golam Mostafa identified the body at Suhrawardy Medical College mortuary.

Inspector General (Prisons) Syed Iftekhar Uddin said that 600 militants are imprisoned in 68 jails across the country.

January 23

Police arrested a supplier of explosive material to JMB at the Three Road Junction of Jessore District. 1kg of explosive material was recovered from him.

Rangpur District Court framed charges against 13 militants of JMB in a case filed for the killing of Khadem Rahman Ali (55), a caretaker of a shrine; in Kaunia upazila of Rangpur District on November 10, 2015.

January 26

Four activists of JeI were arrested on charge of possessing bombs and books on jihad at Paikpara village in Bagerhat District. Three bombs and four books on jihad were recovered from them.

RAB arrested three militants of ABT at Rupganj in Narayanganj District. RAB recovered arms, bullet, jihadi books and leaflet from their possession.

January 27

RAB arrested one militant of JMB in the capital Dhaka city's Kakrail area accused in a case filed under the anti-terrorism act with Bandar Police Station in Narayanganj.

January 30

DMP Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia during his inspection of the security measures at the annual Amar Ekushey Book Fair's venues - Bangla Academy and Suhrawardy Udyan - in the capital, Dhaka city warned that legal action will be taken against the writer and publisher if any book hurting religious sentiment or disrupting communal harmony is published during the Book Fair.

January 31

A 'commander' of PBCP was killed in a gunfight with Police in Dhalarchar area of Pabna District. Police recovered two pipe guns, one pistol, seven bullets, two machetes and some other sharp weapons from the spot.

RAB arrested two militants of JMB in Rajshahi city of Rajshahi District. RAB recovered one kilogram of gunpowder-like substance and bomb making materials including soda, circuits, and batteries from the duo.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina outlined a framework of the next polls-time Government that will be smaller in size with limited jurisdiction and will carry out only routine work.

ARSA Commander-in-Chief Ataullah Abu Amar Jununi said in a statement that it will not carry out attacks at the Rohingya camps in Ukhiya and Teknaf upazilas of Cox's Bazar or in any other part of the country, as their attacks are only conducted to defend themselves from the "terrorist Burmese (Myanmar) Government".

February 3

At least 18 people were killed in 'crossfire' in January, said a monthly report published by human rights organization Odhikar. According to the report, at least nine people were killed and 619 others were injured in political violence in the month.

Chief Coordinator of ICT Mohammad Abdul Hannan Khan said that the trial process of war criminals will be continued and all the war criminals will be brought to book in phases to free the country from the stigma.

February 5

137 leaders and activists of BNP and JeI were arrested from Moulvibazar, Habiganj, Jessore, Sylhet, Narayanganj, Kurigram, Noakhali, Rangpur and Bogra Districts ahead of the verdict in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case against the BNP's Chairperson Khaleda Zia, set to be delivered on February 8.

February 6

750 BNP leaders and activists were arrested across the country ahead of the verdict in a corruption case against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia scheduled for February 8.

February 7

900 BNP leaders and activists were arrested in Dhaka and 27 Districts ahead of the verdict in a corruption case against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia scheduled for February 8.

February 8

Dhaka Special Judge's Court-5 jailed BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia for five years and her eldest son Tarique Rahman and four others for 10 years for breaching of trust in the Zia Orphanage Trust case on July 3, 2008 during the military-controlled interim regime.

Five people, including a Police Constable, were injured during a clash between AL and BNP activists in the Court Point area of Sylhet Metropolitan City in Sylhet District following the pronouncement BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's prison sentence.

Police arrested 233 leaders and activists of BNP-JeI from different places. The arrests are part of a security crackdown ahead of a court verdict on a case accusing Khaleda Zia and several others of corruption.

HRW urged the Bangladesh Government to stop the arbitrary arrests and detention of opposition BNP supporters and others.

February 9

BNP leaders and activists across Bangladesh continued to hold protests against the jail sentence of party chief Khaleda Zia for the second day though a strong response from law enforcement agencies gave it a fading effect.

February 10

Police arrested 130 BNP leaders and activists from several Districts as the party continued its demonstration against the conviction of its chief Khaleda Zia in a corruption case.

20-party alliance expressed its solidarity with the BNP's protest programmes announced demanding the release of party Chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail. The combine leaders also said they would take part in the programmes.

RAB arrested a militant of Ansarullah ABT from Kamalapur area in the capital, Dhaka city. The arrestee is identified as Toufiq Hossain Sumon (34).

Source:Compiled from news reports and are provisional.