Police recovered four grenades,
one sub-machine gun and 167 rounds of bullets at Balianpur of
Monirampur sub-district in the Jessore district. Police sources
said that the recovery followed the sighting of a grenade by children
near a farm. No one was arrested in connection with the recovery.
Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) personnel
recovered 12 kilograms of gunpowder and five kilograms of explosives
from Digholshingha village at Chowgachha in the Jessore district.
The explosives were hidden in sacks containing radish and were
to be loaded in a Jessore bound truck. No one, however, could
be arrested as the persons involved had managed to flee the scene
before the arrival of the RAB personnel.
Police arrested a Jama'atul Mujahideen
Bangladesh (JMB) militant,
identified as Moazzem Hossain Mollah of Ghatbila village in Mollarhat
sub-district in the Bagerhat district, while photocopying a leaflet
at Sardarpara in Jamalpur town. Police sources said that the leaflet
contained 'motivational speeches' of executed JMB leaders Shaikh
Abdur Rahman, Ataur Rahman Sunny and Abdul Awal. Following Moazzem's
preliminary confession, police raided his rented house at Adipaita
village in Melandaha sub-district in the district on the same
night and recovered some more leaflets.
The Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati
Samity (PCJSS) urged the caretaker government to have dialogues
with it under the government's initiative of dialogues with political
parties. Rupayan Dewan, councillor of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT)
Regional Council and central committee member of PCJSS, in a press
release said the appointment of a set of five new advisors to
the caretaker government is an important step for a credible election
at the earliest.
Kamrul Ahsan alias Himu Khan,
a left-wing extremist belonging to the Sarbahara Party, was arrested
by the RAB personnel while holding a secret meeting of armed cadres
of his outfit at Agorpur Bazaar in the Barisal district. A pipe
gun and two bullets were recovered from the arrested extremist
described as a leader of the Zia group and former chairman of
the union parishad (local government body) of Agorpur.
RAB sources said that Kamrul is an accused in five cases for murder
Abdus Salam Pintu, former Deputy
Minister in the Khaleda Zia Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)
Cabinet in Bangladesh admitted before a Dhaka court that the then
Home Minister, Lutfozzaman Babar, and Ms. Zia’s son, Tariq Rahman,
had given the nod for the August 21, 2004 grenade attack on the
Awami League (AL) rally in capital Dhaka that led to the death
of 23 AL activists. Pintu, who is currently under detention, said
the plan was to kill AL leader Sheikh Hasina and senior leaders
of the party. Pintu is the brother of Maulana Tajul Islam, a militant
leader, who reportedly supplied the grenade to Harkat-ul Jihad-al
leader Mufti Hannan to conduct the "operation." Both
Babar and Rahman are now facing charges of corruption and misuse
of power and are under detention.
A former zonal chief of the Purba
Banglar Communist Party (PBCP),
identified as Arif allias Badal, was killed during a shootout
with RAB and police personnel at Ramjibanpur village in the Sujanagar
sub-district of Pabna district. Arif’s accomplices, however, managed
to escape. A single barrel gun, a shutter gun, a light machine
gun and two bullets were recovered from the encounter site. RAB
sources said that Arif, accused in several cases including nine
for murder, had recently formed a new faction 'Maobadi Sangha
Two PBCP cadres, identified as
Abbas Ali and Amirul Islam Khokon, were arrested during separate
raids in the Meherpur sub-district and two arms and three bombs
were recovered from them.
A judicial magistrate court in
Chuadanga sent arrested journalist Rafiq Rahman, working for a
Dhaka based vernacular daily Bhorer Kagoj, to jail. He
had earlier been arrested on January 19 on the basis of a statement
by Akram Hossain, an extremist belonging to the PBCP-Marxist–Leninist
(PBCP-ML). He has been accused of printing posters of the outfit
in his printing press.
RAB personnel recovered a time
bomb from a pond of Montu Laskar in Pabahati village under Sadar
sub-district in the Jhenidah district.
Sadar police in the Jhenidah district
recovered five bombs in an abandoned state from a pond in Pabahati
Suspected extremists riding a
motorbike killed a local BNP leader at Sailkupa in the Jhenidah
district. Police sources said that the victim, Idris Ali, was
the organising secretary of the BNP’s Sailkupa police station
unit. However, no outfit has claimed responsibility for the killing.
A left-wing extremist leader belonging
to the Red Flag faction of the Swadhin Purba Bangla Communist
Party-Marxist-Leninist was killed during an encounter with the
RAB personnel at Ratowal village in the Raninagar sub-district
of Naogaon district. The slain extremist, identified as Ajit Pramanik
of Bhatkoi village, was the second in command of the outfit and
was accused in a number of cases, including five for murder with
Atrai and Raninagar police stations. One RAB personnel was injured
during the encounter. A foreign pistol, some ammunition and locally
made arms were recovered from the encounter site.
A special judge court in Jamalpur
sentenced three JMB militants to 34 years' rigorous imprisonment
in connection with a grenade attack on police at Bhatara in the
Sarishabari sub-district in 2007. The convicts identified as Habibur
Rahman Yousuf of Satpoa village in Sarishabari sub-district, Sultan
and Sohel of Charaildar village in Melandaha sub-district were
also fined Taka 8000 each. Five other accused were acquitted.
Yousuf was arrested first and following his confession, Sultan
and Sohel were arrested at Charaildar village in the Melandaha
sub-district on March 24, 2007 and 75 grenade bodies, 77 grenade
caps and 27 packets of power gel were recovered from them.
RAB personnel recovered an AK-47
rifle, bullets and two brass statuettes during separate raids
at Raozan and Boalkhali sub-district in the Chittagong district.
No one was arrested in connection with the recovery.
A speedy trial tribunal in Rajshahi
sentenced ten PBCP cadres to death for killing five people, including
four policemen. The accused had killed four policemen and a leaseholder
of Chowbaria Hat of Manda sub-district in the Naogaon district
on April 16, 2006 while looting firearms and ammunition. The PBCP
cadres sentenced to death include regional organising secretary
Nurul Islam Shahin, cadres Tahurul Islam, Shafikul Islam, Abu
Bakar Siddik, Nurunnabi Hasan, Shafikul Islam-2, Sanjay Kumar
Saha, Pintu, Dilip and Tomal. A total 21 PBCP cadres were accused
in the charge sheet of the case.
Security measures in the Khulna
city were tightened following a threat issued by the Marxist-Leninist
(ML) faction of the PBCP. The outfit mailed a hand-written letter
to the Khulna Press Club threatening to carry out bomb and grenade
attacks to take revenge for the killing of its operation commander
Abdur Rashid alias Tapu who was killed in the Fakirhat sub-district
of Bagerhat district in 2005.
Police arrested four members of
the banned Harkat-ul-Jihad outfit at Amin hotel in Jessore. The
arrestees were identified as Faruque Hossain, Idris Ali, Mosharef
Hossain and Abdul Jalil of Chapainawabganj. The policemen raided
Amin hotel on Chitra road at about 10:00pm after they were informed
that a group of Islamist militants staying in the hotel had been
Second-in-command of the Janajudhdha
faction of the PBCP, identified as Mohammad Ali, was killed by
the RAB personnel during an encounter at Goaishbari village under
Ataikula police station in the Pabna district. Firearms, bullets
and bombs were recovered from the incident site. The RAB said
that Ali was accused in seven cases for murder, extortion and
other crimes, lodged with Ataikula, Santhia and Faridpur police
Anwarul Islam Dablu, a bodyguard
of former lawmaker Moshiur Rahman, was injured when unidentified
militants hurled a bomb at him in a tea stall at Adarsha Para
in the Jhenidah district.
Police arrested one militant of
the PBCP-Janajuddha faction, identified as Ashraf Ali, from Gilatala
in Khulna city. He is an accused in an Explosive Substances Act
case filed in September 2005 with the Khan Jahan Ali police station.
The Speedy Trial court in Rajshahi sentenced seven
JMB cadres to life imprisonment for carrying out bomb blasts in
Chapainawabganj on August 17, 2005. The court further fined the
convicts identified as Shahidullah Faruk Selim, Abul Kashem Tufan,
Shakhawat Hossain Ziad, Abdullah Al Mamun Nasim, Hafez Ali Akbar
Riaz, Shafiullah Shahid and Hafijur Rahman Dalim, Taka 10,000
each. Of the seven sentenced, two are still hiding.
One of the founding members of the New Biplobi
Communist Party (NBCP), identified as 57 year old Akdil Hossain
alias Buro was killed during a shootout between police and his
PBCP cadres at Dakshin Mulgram village in the Kushtia district.
Police raided the village where the NBCP cadres were holding a
secret meeting. A shutter gun and eight rounds of bullet were
recovered from the encounter site. Akdil's nephew Matiur Rahman
Mati, however, alleged that a team of policemen in plain clothes
had arrested Akdil while he was purchasing goods at a shop at
Rayerbazar in capital Dhaka on January 27. Akdil reportedly was
the acting chief of the outfit following the death of NBCP leader
Monoranjan Goshai alias Mrinal who was allegedly killed in India
The RAB personnel recovered seven bombs from Bhabanipur
Binpara in the Shibganj sub-district of Chapainawabganj district.
No one was arrested in connection with the recovery.
In a separate incident, RAB personnel recovered
two powerful bombs at Muslimpara in the Chuadanga district.
Police unearthed an arms factory at Sonakhali
Bazar in Morrelganj sub-district of Bagerhat district, . Six home-made
guns, one revolver, 108 live cartridges and bullets and three
sacks of arms making materials were recovered from the factory.
Owner of the factory Enayet Khan and his partner Masum Khan were
arrested. Officer-in-Charge Babul Akhter of Morrelganj police
station said the arrested persons had been supplying arms to extremists
and pirates in the Sundarban area and the south-western region
of the country.
The Election Commission (EC) at a meeting with
Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed asked the interim government to
create an environment conducive to holding elections to city corporations
and some municipalities in April, either by relaxing or by lifting
the state of emergency in respective areas. The EC suggested that
the emergency regime gradually allows 'indoor politics' to facilitate
electoral reforms including registration of political parties
with the commission. The process is supposed to be completed in
June according to the announced electoral roadmap. Election Commissioner
Brig Gen (retd) M Sakhawat Hussain said, "Now it depends on the
government whether it will lift or relax the state of emergency
to create the environment required for holding the polls."
A PBCP-ML cadre was killed in a shootout between
security forces and PBCP cadres at Bijnagar village in the Kushtia
district. The dead was identified as Akbar Ali of Naodapara in
Mirpur sub-district. A country-made shutter gun and seven rounds
of bullet were recovered from the encounter site . Police said
Akbar had been accused in 12 cases on different charges including
A PBCP-Janajuddha cadre, identified as Mohammed
Farman Ali was killed by his rivals within the outfit at Sonakandi
village in the Santhia sub-district of Pabna district. The slain
extremist was accused in several cases including murder and robbery.
Security forces in two separate raids recovered
a large number of firearms and ammunition from the Mohalchhari
and Dighinala sub-districts of the Khagrachhari district. While
a sub-machine gun (SMG), a .303 rifle, a Belgium-made single barrel
breech loading gun, a locally-made single barrel breech loading
gun, a grenade, SMG magazines and at least 2,000 bullets of different
types of firearms were recovered from the remote Bangamura village
in Mohalchhari, an army team recovered two foreign-made single
barrel breech loading gun, a grenade, 100 bullets and some documents
from Kamukkapara. However, no one was arrested in connection with
The RAB personnel arrested Mufti Moinuddin, alias
Abu Zandal, a key accomplice of the HuJI-B operations commander
Mufti Abdul Hannan near a mosque in national capital Dhaka, on
charges of carrying out a grenade attack at a rally of former
Prime Minister and AL leader Sheikh Hasina Wajed. Based on his
confession, RAB forces seized 41 live grenades from a remote village
in southwestern district of Satkhira. RAB sources said same type
of grenades were also used during the attack on Sheikh Hasina's
RAB personnel arrested three people and seized
21 explosives from their possession at Bapdanga village in the
Chapainawabganj district. The arrested persons were trying to
sell the explosives. The area along the international border with
India has been used for trading arms and bombs for long, RAB sources
Intelligence agencies indicated that a large number
of grenades could be kept hidden in places across the country.
Hassan Mahmood Khandaker, Director General of RAB, when asked
whether grenades are in the hands of militants, said, "Our suspicion
points to everywhere". Security force personnel have seized at
least 130 hand grenades, mostly of Arges brand, and the rest 36-MHE
brand grenades, from different parts of the country. The bulk
of the seized grenades were in possession of the HuJI-B, which
had 'carried out' the major grenade attacks in the country.
The Speedy Trial Tribunal in Dhaka sentenced three
JMB militants to death on charges of killing eight people, including
two leaders of the cultural group Udichi, by carrying out suicide
bomb attacks at the Udichi and Shata Dal Shilpi Goshthi offices
in Netrakona in December 2005. The convicts were identified as
Salahuddin alias Saleheen, Asaduzzaman Chowdhury alias Panir and
Yunus Ali. Yunus Ali was tried in absentia as he is yet to be
arrested. The court acquitted Fahima alias Farzana as her involvement
with the killings was not proved.
A Dhaka court remanded HuJI-B leader Mufti Mainuddin
alias Abu Jandal alias Masum Billah in custody for seven days.
The investigating officer told the court that Jandal had supplied
the grenades that were used in the attack.
RAB personnel recovered 12 bombs from Dhumi Hayatpur
village in Ghorapakhia union under Shibgonj sub-district in the
Chapainawabgonj district. The explosives were wrapped in a polythene
bag and hidden underground. Nobody was arrested in connection
with the recovery.
Army Chief General Moeen U Ahmed said that Bangladesh
should have its own brand of democracy as the Westminster model
is not truly followed by any political party in power. Speaking
at the launch of his book Nirbachita Sankolon (selected
compilation) at Kurmitola Golf Club, General Moeen said "In our
democracy, prime minister completely becomes one-man show. What
we actually follow here is not the Westminster form." "We should
have such model of democracy as will suit us and that's why I
stated about our own brand of democracy", he added.
RAB personnel arrested a left-wing extremist belonging
to an unspecified outfit and recovered firearms at Degree Char
under Iswardi sub-district in the Pabna district. One rifle and
eight round bullets were recovered from the extremist, identified
as Khairul Alam alias Mollah of Krishnapur village in the Jhenidah
Police recovered two firearms in separate raids
at Amlapara and Chourhas area in the Kushtia town. No one was
arrested in connection with the recovery.
Daily Star reported that the HuJI-B leader
Mufti Moinuddin alias Abu Zandal, now on a seven-day remand, during
his interrogation has admitted his role in carrying out the August
21 grenade attack on an AL rally in 2004 with an intention of
killing its chief Sheikh Hasina. Zandal, a close aide of detained
HuJI-B operations commander Mufti Abdul Hannan, is being interrogated
by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) at the Taskforce
for Interrogation (TFI) cell in Dhaka. According to the report,
the CID proposes to bring two more HuJI-B cadres, Moulana Abul
Kalam Azad Bulbul and Tamim, who were arrested earlier in connection
with the August 21 attack, face to face with Zandal to verify
information so far gained from him.
Over 600 rounds of bullets were recovered inside
a sack at Piplia area beside the Dhaka-Kalinganj road in Gazipur
A grenade was found at Chowdhuripara under Ramgarh
sub-district in Khagrachhari district.
Police recovered two India-made revolvers with
eight rounds of bullet from a canal at Guard Para village of the
A suspected JMB cadre was arrested in Tangail
by the police in Barisal. The arrested militant, identified as
Habibur Rahman Habib, is the son of Shajahan Miah of Habla village.
Police claimed that Habib is the second-in-command of JMB's Tangail
district unit and also the cousin of absconding JMB commander
Younus Miah, who has been sentenced to death in the Netrokona
bomb blast case recently. Habib is also an accused in two cases
filed with the Paltan police station in Dhaka and Tangail police
station in connection with August 17 bomb blasts in 2005.
Police detained a JMB militant, Abdur Rahman,
while he was giving money to an accused JMB cadre at a Chittagong
Court. The arrested is the son of Rafiqul Islam of Ghuchung Chhara
The two detained HuJI-B militants who were involved
in the August 21, 2004 grenade attacks on the AL rally in capital
Dhaka were placed on three days' remand. They were identified
as Maulana Abul Kalam Azad alias Bulbul and Hossain Ahmed alias
Tamim. The Criminal Investigation Department reportedly plans
to interrogate them along with the detained HuJI-B militant Mufti
Moinuddin alias Abu Zandal for cross-checking the information
provided earlier by Zandal.
Police recovered 11 bombs, three pipe-guns, two
bullets and an unspecified quantity of bomb-making material from
the district town of Jhenidah and the adjoining Madhugram village.
RAB Personnel arrested six 'bomb throwers' of
the Marxist Leninist-Janajuddha faction of the PBCP from Jhenidah
town and its outskirts . They were identified as Intaj, Kader
alias Zakir, Sohag alias Sagar, Liton, Mitu and Motiar, RAB said,
adding that they confessed to their involvement.
Two bombs and two shutter guns were recovered
by the RAB personnel from Dudhli village under Kaliganj sub-district
in the Satkhira district.
RAB personnel recovered one AK-47 rifle, a magazine
and 16 rounds of bullet from Noapara under Raozan sub-district
in the Chittagong district.
Home Secretary Abdul Karim said that the Islamist
militant groups in the country are home grown as they finance
themselves domestically and are patronised by particular political
parties. Speaking at the opening session of a day-long conference
on militancy in Dhaka, Karim said, "Weapons or types of explosives
that they have used may have foreign origins or [come from] neighbouring
countries, but their financing is arranged internally - not from
external sources." He also said that the caretaker government
is focusing on dismantling the network of small 'extremist' groups
such as Allahr Dal, Hijbut Tahrir and Hijbut Touhid.
A report by the Bangladesh Enterprise Institute
(BEI) titled, "Trend of Militancy in Bangladesh: August 2007-2008
said that since the August 17, 2005 country-wide explosions the
RAB personnel have arrested 104 Islamist militants. The highest
number of the arrested is from the Hizbut Touhid, comprising 46
percent. The BEI report also stated that in the past six months,
militants have been preparing for grenade attacks, regrouping,
strengthening their networks, training, engaging in propaganda
warfare and abducting people.
Daily Star reported that the dormitories
of Dhaka Polytechnic Institute in the national capital’s Tejgaon
area have turned into a safe haven for fugitive criminals and
militants. Criminals and militants are taking refuge within the
three hostels of the Institute. Unidentified students and law
enforcement agencies have confirmed that the criminals are being
provided shelter by the Islami Chhatra Shibir. Several teachers
with Jamaat background and with alleged links with the HuJI-B
are also involved in the incident. Prof Shamshul Alam, principal
of the Institute, admitted that some teachers of the institute
are assisting the militants to hide in the dormitories, but said
that the authorities are unable to take actions against those
teachers since the issue is "out of their jurisdiction to deal
Police arrested a PBCP ‘regional commander’, identified
as Abul Kalam Azad alias Kala, with two firearms, 11 rounds of
bullet and one cartridge from Saurail village under Pangsha sub-district
in the Rajbari district. He was reportedly wanted in five cases.
Army personnel recovered firearms and ammunition
from Pumangpara under Dighinala sub-district of Khagrachhari district.
The recovery included one Rifle, one, pipe gun, two magazines
and 10 bullets.
During another search operation, troops from Guimara
recovered a gun from Barapilak under Guimara police station in
the same district.
Daily Star quoting intelligence agencies
reports that the left-wing extremist outfits in the country's
south-western region are regrouping with a seven-point programme
to increase their strength and retaliate against the security
forces. In late February 2008, the Marxist-Leninist faction of
the PBCP organised a meeting of different outfits in Jhenidah
and called for unity of all the groups to launch an "action programme".
The programme reportedly includes bomb attack on law enforcers,
educational institutions, passenger transport and important places
in ten districts of the region, collection of toll from businessmen,
distribution of leaflets, recruiting new cadres, removing class
enemies and avenging the deaths of their colleagues in fake encounters.
According to police sources, the left-wing extremists have killed
ten persons and exploded nine bombs during the past one week in
the area. They have also extorted a large amount of money from
some businessmen in the south-western region.
Pratham Alo reports that the HuJI-B used
to supply grenades to the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT)
to carry out attacks in India. An arrested HuJI-B leader Abu Zandal
has told the police during his interrogation in Dhaka that the
outfit had sent several consignments of grenades to the LeT operating
in India until 2004. The last such consignment however, could
not be delivered as the LeT representative who was supposed to
receive it was killed in an encounter with Border Security Force
(BSF) near Bangladesh's Kaliganj frontier. Zandal reportedly told
the interrogators that the LeT leader Yazdani, who was killed
in 2006 by the Delhi Police, used to maintain links with the detained
HuJI-B ‘operations commander’ Mufti Abdul Hannan. Zandal also
claimed that the supply of ‘Arges’ grenades were being received
from a fugitive, Maulana Tazuddin, believed to be hiding in South
Police recovered eight bombs from a bathroom attached
to the students’ dormitory of Mukta hostel of Rangpur Medical
Five teachers and five office clerks of the Rangpur
Carmichael College were transferred to different colleges after
intelligence agencies and the education department found them
responsible for instigating Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) activists
to go on rampage on the college campus on February 6.
The United States State Department labelled HuJI-B
as a foreign terrorist organisation (FTO). The outfit was previously
put on the list of 'Other Terrorist Oragnisations' in 2003 by
the US. A press release to this effect by the state department
said, “The leader of HuJI-B signed the February 1998 fatwa sponsored
by Usama bin Ladin [sic] that declared American civilians to be
legitimate targets for attack. Since then, HuJI-B has been implicated
in a number of terrorist attacks in Bangladesh and abroad.” Signed
by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the Executive Order
13224, criminalises providing material support to HuJI-B by US
citizens or people living under US jurisdictions, and freezes
all HuJI-B property and interests in the US and in areas under
US jurisdiction. The designation also enabled the US to deny visas
to HuJI-B representatives, and requires US financial institutions
to freeze assets held by HuJI-B.
The Bangladesh Home Ministry said there has been
no operation of the HuJI-B in the country and the law enforcers
were on alert to check against the resurgence of the outfit. Additional
secretary of the home ministry Abdur Rashid said in a briefing
at the ministry, “Intelligence agencies and lawmen are keeping
watch so that the extremist organisation cannot resume its operation.”
RAB personnel unearthed a firearms-making factory
in the national capital Dhaka’s Nayabazar area on March 6 and
recovered three firearms and 12 bullets. A 24-year-old youth identified
as Mohammad Imran Hossain was arrested in this connection. Firearms-making
equipment and spare parts were recovered from his possession,
a RAB statement said.
During a separate drive at 35 Shamchhabad Lane,
the RAB personnel recovered two revolvers, one shutter gun, ammunition
and other materials.
Two JMB cadres, Nashirul Haque Bintu and Hafizur
Rahman Raju, were arrested at Bahalguri village under Bhurungamari
sub-district in the Kurigram village. Both reportedly are close
associates of JMB leader Matin Mehedi and had gone into hiding
following the arrest of Matin in April 2007.
A JMB cadre, who was sentenced to death by a court,
died while he was undergoing treatment at Dhaka Medical College
and Hospital (DMCH). Nasirullah was admitted to the DMCH by the
Dhaka Central Jail authority on March 4 as he had been suffering
from jaundice. A senior special judge's court of Jhenidah sentenced
him to death on February 28, 2006 in an explosive case. The case
was pending in the High Court.
RAB personnel recovered 14 bombs at Terorashia
village of Islampur union in the Chapainawabganj district. The
bombs reportedly were hidden in a bamboo cluster. No one has been
arrested in connection with the recovery.
Daily Star reports that leaders of the
HuJI-B had formed a new political party called Islami Gono Andolan
in 2006 with an objective of carrying out political activities
openly. A seven member committee led by Maulana Abdus Salam, founder
of the Fatematuz Zohra women's madrassa (seminary) in Sherpur
in the Bogra district, carries out the organisational activities
of the party. Former deputy commander of HuJI-B and founder of
Ommulara Al Islami madrassa of Shajahanpur in Bogra, Abdul Hannan
Sabbir, and HuJI-B leader Abdul Aziz are members of the committee.
A PBCP-Red Flag faction regional leader was killed
during an encounter with the Rapid Action Battalion personnel
at Nandanpur village in the Ataikula sub-district of Pabna district.
The killed extremist Md Abdus Samad alias Dhala Samad hailed from
Kakilakhali village and was accused in several cases, including
four for murder. Eight bombs, two shutter guns and three rounds
of bullet were recovered from the encounter site.
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) submitted
supplementary charge sheets of two cases filed in connection with
the grenade attack on the British High Commissioner at the shrine
of Hajrat Shahjalal in Sylhet in 2004. The charge sheets accused
the HuJI-B leader Abu Zandal alias Mufti Mainuddin and Masum Billah
Khaza of delivering the grenades for the attack. The investigation
officer told although charge sheets of the cases were submitted
earlier, further investigation was carried out on the basis of
the confessional statement of HuJI-B ‘operations commander’ Mufti
Abdul Hannan, who indicated that the Abu Zandal had provided the
grenades through the outfit’s operatives Sharif Shahedul Alam
Bipul and Delwar Hossain Ripon.
Nine JMB militants were sentenced to life imprisonment
for their involvement in the serial bomb blasts in Barguna on
August 17, 2005. They were also fined Taka 5,000 each. They were
identified as Asadul Arif, Rezaul Karim, Hafez Mohammad Mostafa
Hasan, Hafez Al Amin, Shahidul Islam, Masum Billah, Abdul Haque
Abbasi, Hafez Abdur Rahman and Shahid.
Police in Sirajganj district arrested a leader
of the PBCP from Char Boyra village. The arrested extremist Abul
Hossain is an accused in many cases including murder, killing
police personnel, attacking the police camp at Randhunibari and
looting of arms and ammunition.
Two persons were injured in a bomb attack on a
brick field at Kumrabaria village in the Sadar sub-district of
Jhenidah district. Truck driver Alam of Abhoy Nagar sub-district
in Jessore and night guard of the brick field Amjad Hossain were
injured when unidentified militants hurled two bombs, its owner
Sharfaraj Khan Dinu said, adding, the militants also fired shots.
Seven persons were injured in a powerful explosion
near a police patrol van at Noapara rail station under Abhoynagar
sub-district in the Jessore district. Eyewitnesses told that an
unidentified man hurled the bomb on the police van that was patrolling
the area. Police sources quoting a Sub Inspector who was inside
the police van during the bomb attack said the act was an isolated
incident to create panic and it was not targeted at the police
Separately, two PBCP-Janajuddha cadres were arrested
from an unspecified village in the Chuadanga district while collecting
Taka 20,000 as extortion from a doctor.
RAB personnel arrested Mohammed Hares Sarder,
a regional leader of the Rad Flag faction of the PBCP, from Joydebpur
intersection in the Gazipur district. Following his interrogation,
a Chinese revolver, an SBBL gun made in Belgium, two Burmese shutter
gun and two locally made shutter guns were recovered from Dhanuaghata
village in the Faridpur sub-district of Pabna district.
A BCP extremist who had been arrested in Shailkupa
sub-district in Jhenidah district on March 17 was seriously injured
while trying to flee from police custody . The extremist, identified
as Munna of Kacher Kole village had been arrested with a gun and
A Dhaka court sentenced three JMB militants, including
the outfit's former second-in-command Siddiqul Islam Bangla Bhai's
wife, Fahima alias Farzana, to different terms of punishment for
the bombings at Udichi and Shatadal Shilpi Goshthi offices in
Netrakona in December 2005. The other convicts are Salahuddin
alias Saleheen and Asaduzzaman Chowdhury alias Panir. Salahuddin
was sentenced to 31 years in jail while Panir and Fahima were
sentenced to 10 and five years respectively. Panir and Fahima
were also fined Taka 10,000 and 5,000 each, in default of which
they will have to serve six and one months more in jail respectively.
The court acquitted a fugitive JMB member Yunus Ali, as his involvement
with the bomb blasts was not proved.
The RAB personnel seized a locally-made pipe-gun
and one bullet of shutter gun that had been left abandoned at
Juspur in the Tanore sub-district of Rajshahi district.
The Court of Second Additional Metropolitan Sessions
Judge in Chittagong sentenced four Islami Chhatra Shibir cadres
to death and three other Shibir cadres to life imprisonment for
killing eight people, including six Bangladesh Chhatra League
(BCL) activists, in Bahodderhat on July 12, 2000. Each of the
convicted cadres was also fined Taka 50,000 each. The three with
life terms will have to stay in prison a year more if they fail
to pay the fine. Thirteen ICS cadres charge sheeted in the case
were acquitted by the court. The ICS cadres had opened fire on
a bus carrying BCL cadres, student wing of the Awami League, at
Bahodderhat in Chittagong killing six BCL cadres, the driver and
an auto-rickshaw driver.
RAB personnel recovered 12 hand bombs from Gopalpur
village in the Sujanagar sub-district of Pabna district . RAB
authorities suspect that the bombs might have been kept at the
village by the left-wing extremists.
A top militant of the Jasad Gono Bahini (JGB),
Mahir Uddin, was killed in an encounter by the police at Zagannathpur
village in the Alamdanga sub-district of Chuadanga. The police
later recovered Mahir's dead body along with three shutter guns
and nine bullets from the incident site. Mahir was a hardcore
militant of the JGB and a close accomplice of its chief Azibor
Rahman, police said. He was accused in some cases, including three
for murder, filed with different police stations in Chuadanga
and Kushtia districts.
Police recovered arms and ammunition, including
an AK-47 assault rifle, one .22- bore rifle, a single-barrel gun
and 66 rounds of ammunition from Bongram village in the Khoksha
sub-district of Kushtia. Police said the operation was launched
at noon on the information that some cadres of Razzaq Bahini are
holding a secret meeting at a house at the village.
The Pabna district unit commander of PBCP-Red
Flag, identified as Md. Shimul Pramanik, was killed during an
encounter with RAB personnel and the outfit's cadres in Salaipur
village in Goaishpur union. A point 22 revolver, a pipe gun, a
shutter gun and seven bullets were recovered from the site of
the encounter. Two RAB personnel were injured in the incident.
The United Kingdom (UK) Home Secretary,
Jacqui Smith, said that there was a terrorist linkage between
Bangladesh and the United Kingdom. She told reporters at the residence
of the British High Commissioner, "There is a potential linkage
between terrorists in Britain and terrorists in Bangladesh and
we have shared interest and endeavour to tackle it through both
short- and long-term measures." She also said that there would
be a joint working group in June 2008 on countering terrorism
comprising officials of both countries.
A five day India-Bangladesh Border
Coordination Conference began at the BSF headquarters in New Delhi
where the Indian side handed over a revised list of 117 militant
hideouts operating in Bangladesh. A list of 141 hideouts of members
of Indian insurgent groups living in Bangladeshi territory was
given to Bangladeshi side during the previous round of talks in
The Criminal Investigation Department
(CID) arrested a person suspected of lobbing grenades at an AL
rally in the capital Dhaka on August 21, 2004. CID sources said
that Arif Hasan Sumon had also carried bombs used in the Ramna
blasts on April 14, 2001. He was arrested from his house at Ali
and Noor Real Estate Housing in the capital’s Mohammadpur area.
A PBCP-Janajuddha ‘regional leader’
was killed during an encounter with the police in Jhenidah. Two
policemen were injured in the incident. The slain extremist was
identified as Rezaul Islam alias Razu of Chandipur village. He
was arrested on April 12 from Lakhmikol village and had been taken
to the encounter site for recovery of firearms. Two bombs and
a firearm with two bullets were recovered subsequent to the encounter.
Police recovered four bombs and
a large quantity of bomb-making materials and a leaflet at Bhadughar
Bus Stop in the Brahmanbaria town. Two persons were arrested in
connection with the recovery.
Suspected left-wing extremists
belonging to an unidentified outfit killed a relative of a PBCP-Janajuddha
leader at Gachha village in the Tala sub-district of Satkhira
district. The victim, identified as shrimp farmer Mahadev Kumar
Sarkar, was returning home on a motorcycle when the extremists
lobbed explosives targeting him. Mahadev is related to the local
PBCP-Janajuddha leader Shukdev Sarkar.
Security forces recovered nine
locally made grenades, one 9-mm pistol, two locally-made guns
and 15 bullets were recovered at Brahmanbaria.
Police recovered five Arges grenades,
one sub-machine carbine (SMC), two of its magazines and 68 bullets,
including 30 SMC bullets, at North Damuddya in the Shariatpur
The Indian Government confirmed
that the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) leaders are carrying
out business activities in Bangladesh. The Union Minister of State
for Home Affairs, Radhika V Selvi, informed the Rajya Sabha (Upper
House of Indian Parliament) that inputs suggest that the ULFA
has been using the territory of Bangladesh to procure and smuggle
arms and explosives into India. The Minister was replying to a
question on whether ULFA commanders have a vast network running
seven hotels and six nursing homes, besides procuring weapons
through the port city of Cox’s Bazaar in Bangladesh.
A Rajshahi divisional court awarded
life terms to all 11 JMB militants in a sedition case filed for
taking combat training to fight against the State in July 2005.
Judge M. Sajedul Karim also fined the accused TK 20,000 each,
in default of which they are to spend two more years in jail.
Delivering the judgement, the court said that the militants were
engaged in anti-State activities and that they had been receiving
exclusive combat training on arms, ammunition and detonators with
ulterior motives against the State was proved without any doubt.
Abu Abbas, a GMF regional leader
was killed during an encounter with RAB personnel at Kakiladah
graveyard of Mirpur sub district in the Kushtia district. The
RAB personnel recovered a Pakistan-made rifle and five rounds
of bullet from the incident site. Police said Abbas was accused
in 16 cases on different charges, including murder.
The RAB personnel killed Sainul
Haq alias Hira, a top cadre of Red Flag faction of the PBCP-ML
at Bhatkui village in the Naogaon district. A shutter gun, a pipe
gun, a rifle and three bullets were recovered from the incident
site. Hira had been accused in several cases on different charges,
A close associate of the imprisoned
operations commander of the HuJI-B, Mufti Abdul Hannan, was arrested
by the RAB personnel from a forest area in the Fatikchhari sub-district
of Chittagong. The militant, Maulana Shihabuddin, who runs a madrassa,
is suspected of having been involved in several grenade attacks
across the country.
RAB personnel recovered an AK-47
rifle, a magazine and 49 rounds of bullet from Noapara of Raozan
sub-district in the Chittagong district.
Police produced 29 arrested JMB
militants before a court in Mymensingh. The militants included
Salahuddin Salehin and Asaduzzaman Ponir, two cadres who have
been awarded death sentence in a case of bomb explosion.
Daily Star quoting intelligence
agencies reported that leaders and cadres of left-wing extremist
groups have been active in recent times in the remote areas of
Tala, Assassuni, Paikgachha, Keshabpur, Manirampur and Dumuria
sub-districts of different districts in south-western region of
the country. These extremists had reportedly fled the region following
a crackdown by the security forces.
The BDR personnel recover four
firearms and gunpowder following an hour-long exchange of fire
with gunrunners in the remote Harirampur area of Baghaichhari
sub-district in the Rangamati district. The gun runners, however,
manage to escape from the incident site. Subsequently, the BDR
personnel demolish an incomplete structure being built there by
The RAB personnel arrest five
suspected Islamist militants in connection with the April 13 Brahmanbaria
bomb blast. The militants are identified as Mohammed Mizanur Rahman,
Mohammed Saiful Islam, Mohammed Shamsul Islam, Mohammed Jamaluddin
and Tajul Islam Al Mahmud alias Baba Tajul. An explosive, five
electronic detonators and some Islamic books are also recovered
from the arrestees. RAB sources say that it is yet to be ascertained
whether the arrested, including a retired lance corporal of Bangladesh
Army and the prime suspect of the case Mohammed Shamsul Islam,
have any connection with any militant outfit.
Police arrest three injured cadres
of the Marxist-Leninist faction of the PBCP following an encounter
at Azampur in the Mirpur sub-district of Kushtia district. A shutter
gun and 18 bullets are recovered from their possession. They are
identified as Sumon and Kaber of Kakiladah village in the Mirpur
sub-district and Rana of Houspur village in the Alamdanga sub-district
in Chuadanga district.
Police in Sirajganj arrest Abul
Hossain, a PBCP leader from Char Boyra village in Sirajganj Sadar
sub-district. Police sources say that Hossain is an accused in
a case for looting arms from Randhunibari police outpost and killing
The Chittagong Divisional Speedy
Trial Tribunal sentences four JMB militants to 26 years' rigorous
imprisonment (RI) each for their involvement in a bomb attack
on the court of the then Chittagong Metropolitan Magistrate Akram
Hossain in October 2005. The four convicts are identified as JMB
Chittagong regional commander Jabed Iqbal alias Mohammad, cadres
of the outfit’s Tangail branch Shahadat, Abul Malek alias Laltu
and bomb expert Jahidul Islam alias Mizan alias Bomb Mizan. Mizan
is still at large.
The Jhenidah Special Tribunal
sentences two JMB militants to life-term RI under the Explosives
Act. The accused Abu Hasan Biswas of Ullapara village under Kaliganj
sub-district and Zakir Hossain alias Razu of Kanyadah village
under Harinakunda sub-district in the Jhenidah district were arrested
on April 21, 2007 and had confessed to have hidden 140-grams aluminium
powder, 900-grams potassium chlorite, two-kilograms of explosives,
iron used in fishing net, black tape and 30 booklets on Jihad
and the Taliban movement, 20 magazines, 20 audio cassettes and
two pieces of magnet, which were subsequently recovered.
A group of ICS cadres manhandle
Proctor Prof Dr Jasim Uddin at the CU Railway Station premises.
Suspected left-wing extremists
kill one police man and injure four others during an attack on
a police patrol team at Taherpur of Bagmara sub-district in the
Rajshahi district. The extremists also manage to escape with five
firearms from the police personnel. Police sources say that the
attack occurred when a group of 25 extremists raided a weekly
cattle market. Didar Ahmed, superintendent of police in Rajshahi
says, "The attackers may belong to some Sarbahara outfit
(left-wing extremist) since there are no other underground groups
in the area."
An activist of the ICS assaults
an assistant proctor of the Chittagong University (CU).
The PBCP asks eight garment owners
of Fatullah in the Nawabganj district to pay extortion amount
to the outfit. Four owners have already filed complain with the
Police and have asked for security. The report says that the owner
of Ruposhi Garments and Director of Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers
and Exporters Association (BKMEA) Mohammad Suhrawardy was asked
to pay Taka 400,000 by Abir Hasan, regional commander of the PBCP.
Another leader of the outfit Ziaul Haque Zia who too spoke to
Mohammad Suhrawardy said that the outfit needs the money to free
its jailed cadres. Similarly, Taka 600,000 was demanded from garment
owner Abdul Based, Taka 650,000 from the owner of Fiber Tex Garment
Sohel Nazrul, and Taka 400,000 from SA Textile mills owner Ripon.
One PBCP cadre, Bachchu alias
Nishan, is arrested from Haybatpur in the Natore district for
his involvement in May 2 attack on the police personnel.
One PBCP cadre, Bachchu alias
Nishan, who was arrested from Haybatpur in the Natore district
for his involvement in May 2 attack on the police personnel, is
remanded for seven days for further interrogation. His interrogation
has led to the recovery of five looted arms from a pond at Naldanga
in the Natore district.
One suspected New Biplobi Communist
Party (NBCP) cadre, Sahidul Islam, is arrested from Chapra village
in the Kumarkhali sub-district of Kushtia district. An LG gun
and two bullets are recovered from his possession.
One NBCP cadre Tofazzal Hossain
is arrested from Piralipara village in the Rajbari district. Tofazzal
is suspected to be an associate of the NBCP chief Akdil Hossain
who was killed in an encounter with the police on April 1. A shutter
gun and six bullets are recovered from Tofazzal’s possession.
The RAB personnel arrest two PBCP
cadres from Durgapur Bazaar in the Rajshahi district in connection
with the May 2 attack on the Taherpur Police outpost and the murder
of a police man.
The Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed
announces that the ninth parliamentary election would be held
in the third week of December. Addressing the nation, he also
says the government would either suspend or relax relevant provisions
of the emergency power rules to create an environment congenial
to electioneering. Besides, the caretaker government would open
a formal dialogue with the political parties on May 22. In the
26-minute speech broadcast on radio and television, Fakhruddin
Ahmed also declares withdrawal of the countrywide ban on indoor
politics with immediate effect.
The Chittagong Second Additional
Metro Sessions court sentenced ICS cadre Mohammad Nasir alias
Shibir Nasir to 17 years rigorous imprisonment in an arms case
filed in 1992. The Judge Ekramul Haque Chowdhury gave the same
punishment to Mohammed Oli Ullah, a close accomplice of Nasir
who is also an accused in the case. This is the first case out
of 35 criminal cases against Nasir in which he was convicted.
Nasir has been in jail since March 1998.
A girl, Subarna alias Sumi, was
injured in a bomb blast at Kanchon Nagar in the Jhenidah town.
The bomb exploded when Sumi and another child Rokon were playing
with it unknowingly, police sources said. Police later recovered
another bomb from the incident site.
A Dhaka court sent the detained
HuJI-B leader, Arif Hasan Sumon, to jail as he denied his involvement
in the bomb attack on a Communist Party of Bangladesh rally on
July 20, 2001. The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) produced
him in the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Waliul Islam at the
end of his five-day remand. The CID sources said Sumon had confessed
to his involvement during the interrogation in the remand. But
in the court, he denied his involvement in the attack. Earlier,
Suman gave a confessional statement before a court admitting his
involvement in the bomb attack at Ramna Batamul during the celebration
of Pahela Baishakh on April 14 in 2001.
A Chittagong court sent two prime
accused, Hafizur Rahman alias Hafiz and Din Mohammad, in the Chittagong
arms haul case on a four-day remand. In the largest-ever arms
haul, the police seized 10 truckloads of arms and ammunition at
the Chittagong Urea Fertiliser Ltd jetty on April 2, 2004.
Army personnel recovered firearms,
ammunition, firearms-making equipment mobile phones, medicine
and surgical equipment from two hideouts of militants at Ugoichhari
in the Rangamati district and Ujirchhara in the Khargachhari district
in the Chittagong Hill Tracts region. The recoveries from Ugoichhari
included two pistols, bullets, uniforms, nylon belts, firearms-making
equipment, a drill machine, a dice and a toy pistol. At Ujirchhara,
one pistol, one rifle, 20 bullets, two mobile phones, medicine
and surgical equipment were recovered.
Police recovered arms and bomb-making
materials and arrested a woman at Bihoroil-Kalitala village in
the Tanore sub-district of Rajshahi district. Explosions had occurred
inside the house of the arrested woman on May 15 injuring her
two children. Police suspect that the woman is a member of an
unidentified left-wing extremist outfit. The recovered items include
a knife, gunpowder, grinding stone and other bomb-making materials.
The Council of Advisers approved
the Anti-Terrorism Ordinance 2008 which provides for death sentence
as the maximum penalty or life imprisonment of an offender along
with his patron and shelter-giver in an act of terrorism. Earlier,
the council had approved the law in principle. As per the new
ordinance, "If any person commits terrorist activity, he or she
will be awarded death sentence or life imprisonment or maximum
20 years and minimum 3 years rigorous imprisonment." In addition,
there is a provision for imposing monetary fine on the offender.
The Ordinance gives the Bangladesh Bank the authority to identify
monetary transactions through banking channel for terror funding.
All crimes under the Ordinance will be cognizable and non-bailable
RAB personnel arrested a JMB cadre,
identified as Dudu Mia alias Member from Uttar Moheshpur village
in the Khetlal sub-district in the Joypurhat district. The arrested
militant is one among the 61 JMB cadres charge sheeted in an arms
loot case on August 14, 2003.
Hasan Mahmood Khandaker, Director
General of the RAB said that the militant group HuJI-B had been
marginalised following a crackdown. "Bangladesh banned the
HuJI group years ago after it was banned in the United States
and other countries as a top militant organisation," he said.
He further said, "Dozens of HuJI activists in Bangladesh
including their chief Mufti Abdul Hannan have been detained over
the years. While we don’t rule out the existence of HuJI in Bangladesh,
we can say their activity has been drastically controlled by the
security agencies here."
The Criminal Investigation Department
(CID) showed two operatives of the HuJI-B, Maulana Idris Ali and
Maulana Monir Hossain, as arrested in the Communist Party of Bangladesh
(CPB) rally bomb attack case and filed a petition with a Dhaka
court seeking their 10-day remand. Idris and Monir are also accused
in a number of grenade and bomb attack cases, including those
filed in connection with the August 21, 2001 grenade attack on
an Awami League rally in Dhaka and the April 14, 2001 bombing
of the Pahela Baishakh celebrations at Ramna Batamul.
RAB carried out a raid targeting
a secret camp of the Kamatapur Liberation Organisation (KLO) in
the forest areas of Kalachara - a border point between Fatikchari
and Mirsari sub-districts in Chittagong district. The report further
said that no one was arrested since the camp inmates had fled
sensing the arrival of the RAB personnel. However, at least 50
rounds of firing were exchanged between both sides following the
raid. Two locally made guns and booklets were recovered from the
Police arrested 13 militants belonging
to Allahr Dal at Nayansukh village in the Sundarganj sub-district
in Gaibandha. Raid was conducted following a tip off at the Allahr
Dal activist Mainuddin's house. The arrestees were identified
as Liton Mia, regional leader of the outfit, Mozammel, Rabinoor,
Ayub Ali, Hazarat Ali, Hossain Ali, Mahbubur Rahman, Abdul Khaleque,
Hafizur Rahman, Raju Mia, Angur Ali, Kawsar Ali and Mainuddin.
All the13 arrestees confessed to the Police that they are activists
of Allahr Dal led by Matin Mehdi. During the raid the police seized
donation receipts of the banned organisation and various other
documents corroborating militant activities from Liton Mia's possession.
A GMF regional leader was arrested
at Berbari village under Shailkupa sub-district in the Jhenidah
district. The extremist, identified as Asaduzzaman alias Samrat,
later led the police to recover two firearms from his house. In
an attempt to escape, he reportedly opened fire on the police
and was injured in the retaliatory action.
Hamidul Islam Samrat alias Monirul,
a PBCP-ML regional leader was killed in a shootout between Police
and the outfit’s cadres at Bhalaipur village in the Alamdanga
sub-district of Chuadanga district. Police also arrested a woman
accomplice of the slain extremist, identified as Rahima Khatun,
after the shootout and recovered a shutter gun and eight bullets
from the encounter site.
Police arrested Kubbat Ali, a
top NBCP cadre from Kaloa bazaar in the Kushtia district. Hailing
from Radhanagar village, Kubbat was an accused in several cases,
Police arrested Seken Malitha,
a GMF cadre from a Rajbari-bound passenger bus at Kumarkhali bus
stand in the Kushtia district. Seken, a resident of Muragacha
village in Khoksa sub-district, was an accused in several cases,
including extortion and abduction.
RAB personnel arrested a suspected
HuJI-B cadre from his Sonatundi village house in the Sreepur sub-district
of Magura. The arrested militant, identified as Farhad Hossain,
was a health-worker of the Magura-based Islamic NGO 'Ehsan S Bangladesh',
RAB sources said. Earlier, another HuJI-B cadre, Abul Kalam Azad
alias Bulbul of Jhenidah, who too worked in the same NGO had been
arrested in connection with a grenade attack on former Prime Minister
Sheikh Hasina in Dhaka.
RAB personnel arrested a militant
of the Allahr Dal from Shams village under Sundarganj sub-district
in the Gaibandha district. The arrested militant, identified as
Kutubuddin, was the Sundarganj sub-district leader of the outfit.
During interrogation, Kutubuddin confessed to his involvement
with the activities of the outfit and said that he was entrusted
with the responsibility of regrouping the militants by the outfit.
The District and Sessions court
in Chuadanga sentenced four top cadres of the Laltu faction of
the Banglar Communist Party (BCP) to life imprisonment for killing
a farmer in 1999. The convicts were also fined Taka 10,000 each.
The BCP cadres had demanded Taka 500,000 from the farmer Dekhe
Ali of Ukta village and killed him on May 21, 1999 after he declined
to give in to the demands. Three of the convicts have been arrested
and another identified as Sayeed Hossain is still absconding.
The BCP chief Laltu alias Nuruzzaman is currently lodged in the
Kushtia prison and is an accused in at least 20 cases.
The District and Sessions Judge's
Court in Satkhira framed charges against two HuJI-B cadres, identified
as Moinuddin alias Abu Zandal and Nazrul Islam Gharami, for possession
of 44 grenades. Zandal, a close aide to the arrested HuJI-B ‘operations
commander’ Mufti Hannan, was arrested from Gazipur on February
14, 2008. Following information provided by Zandal, the RAB on
February 15 arrested Gharami from Nalta bazaar in the Kaliganj
sub-district. On the same day, after receiving a confessional
statement from Gharami, the RAB personnel recovered 44 grenades
from a pond at Shimulia village.
RAB personnel arrested two suspected
HuJI-B cadres who were part of the team that lobbed grenades on
an Awami League rally in the capital Dhaka on August 21, 2004.
RAB sources said that Rafiqul Islam alias Sabuj was arrested from
Baliakandi of Rajbari and Uzzal Hossain alias Ratan was arrested
from Noahata in the Magura district on May 30. Both were present
during a press conference the RAB held in Dhaka on May 31 where
both admitted to their crimes. RAB officials further said that
five other persons with suspected links to the HuJI-B were also
arrested during a raid in the Kurshi village of Rajbari district
and have been handed over to the Police. Some documents and two
books on jihad were recovered from the arrested militants.
The Metropolitan Special Tribunal-6
in Dhaka sentenced three JMB cadres to 20 years' rigorous imprisonment
for possessing bomb making materials. The convicts Wahidul Islam
alias Habib, Shafiqul Islam alias Russell and Hafez Ibrahim, were
also fined Tk 10,000 each. A team of RAB personnel had arrested
the three JMB cades in January 2006 and had recovered 71 items
including ammonium nitrate, detonators, iron rods, iron sheets,
batteries, gunpowder, 27 wrist watches, electric circuits, electronic
metres, time devices and different other bomb making materials
from their possession.
Abdur Rashid alias Sagor, a PBCP
extremist was killed during an encounter between RAB personnel
and PBCP cadres at Namkan village of Bagmara sub-district in the
Rajshahi district. A shutter gun, a bullet, an empty cartridge,
two machetes and two knives were recovered from the encounter
HuJI-B leader Rafiqul Islam Sabuj
was arrested by RAB personnel at Baliakandi under Rajbari district.
Abdus Sattar Malita, a regional leader of the
PBCP-Janajuddha, was killed in an encounter with Police at Dhopabila
village under the Sadar sub-district of Jhenidah district. A gun,
three bombs and two bullets were recovered from the encounter
site. The slain militant was arrested on June 2 at Garaganj bazaar
under the Shailkupa sub-district and was accompanying the Police
on the day of the encounter for the recovery of hidden firearms.
Harun-ur-Rashid alias Khoka, a regional leader
of the PBCP-Janajuddha, was killed during an encounter at Durgapur
village under Jhenidah Sadar sub-district. The extremist, an accused
in Gana Union Parishad Chairman Sharaf murder case, had been arrested
at Abdullahpur in Dhaka on June 5 and had been taken to Durgapur
for recovery of firearms. A gun, two bullets and a bomb were recovered
from the encounter site.
Two PBCP-Janajuddha cadres, identified as Thandu
and Fazar, were arrested during separate raids conducted in various
places of the Jhenidah district Three light guns, three bombs
and six bullets were recovered during the raids.
HuJI-B leader Rafiqul Islam Sabuj
confessed to his involvement in the grenade attack on the Awami
League rally in the capital Dhaka on August 21, 2004. His statement
was recorded in the court of Magistrate Abdullah Al Mamun where
he had been produced on the expiry of his five-day remand under
the Criminal Investigation Department (CID). A total of 14 people
have so far been arrested in connection with the grenade attack.
Of them, eight gave statements before the court, admitting their
involvement in the attack.
Three powerful bombs were recovered
at Mathpara village in the Shailakupa sub-district of Jhenidah.
Acting on a tip-off, a RAB team recovered the bombs and two knives
wrapped in a polythene bag.
Police arrested a BCP cadre from
his house at Paigram village under Phultala sub-district in the
Khulna district. Police sources said that the arrested extremist
Arif Molla was wanted in several criminal cases for arson, murder
and extortion. A pipe-gun and a live gun cartridge were also seized
from the house of the extremist.
Anisur Rahman alies Anis, a regional
leader of the Sarbahara Bahini was killed during an encounter
near Sargram Dakhil Madrassa at Sargram village in the Ataikula
sub-district of Pabna district. The extremists were holding a
secret meeting when the security forces carried out a raid on
the site. A single-barrel gun and three bullets were recovered
from the encounter site. Official sources said that the extremist
was wanted in nine murder cases filed with Santhia, Faridpur and
Ataikula Police stations.
Special Tribunal Court No 3 in
Magura on June 10 sentenced four HuJI-B cadres to 20 years rigorous
imprisonment (RI) each for possessing arms and explosives. The
court also fined them Taka 5,000 each. The HuJI-B cadres sentenced
have been identified as Mokaddes Ali, Bakibillah, Khalil and Rafikul,
of whom the first two are in custody and the latter two are absconding.
Both Mokaddes Ali and Bakibillah, ameer (chief) and general secretary
of the Magura district Khelafat Majlish (KM), had been arrested
on October 29, 2007 following a statement by operations commander
of the outfit, Mufti Abdul Hannan. The Security force personnel
had also recovered two Chinese rifles, 86 rounds of bullet, two
bombs, two pairs of army uniform and a huge quantity of explosives
from the grounds of Kharabila field in Nohata area under Mohammadpur
sub-district following their interrogation.
Raiding Nirala residential area
in Khulna city, RAB personnel recovered ten live bombs, six firearms,
15 bullets and a lot of arms making materials. None were arrested
in connection with the recovery.
RAB personnel recovered five bombs,
two firearms and bullets from Teltopi village of Harinakundo sub-district
in the Jhenidah district.
The Bangladesh Enterprise Institute
(BEI) released its "2007-2008 Trends in Militancy in Bangladesh"
report. It said that the right-wing militants have regrouped across
the country over the past year, putting together their networks
and strengthening training and indoctrination operations despite
a lull in terrorist attacks in the same period. The report said
that the reports of bomb explosions and bomb-making cells indicate
that militant groups are once again organising themselves for
terrorist attacks. According to the report, the JMB militants
have regrouped and launched recruitment drives. They are reportedly
holding public meetings, raising funds and running recruitment
drives in Gaibandha while the Allahr Dal, a JMB offshoot, is active
in the south-west, especially in Kushtia, Meherpur and Chuadanga.
The President promulgated the
Anti-Terrorism Ordinance 2008 which provides death penalty for
offences like terror financing and staging murder to create panic
and jeopardise country's sovereignty, reports Daily Star. The
Ordinance came into effect through a gazette notification. The
Ordinance provides for the constitution of Special Tribunals to
deal with such offences, which are non-bailable. The Ordinance
also empowers Bangladesh Bank to freeze account of a suspected
terror and give directions to banks concerned to take preventive
measures against monetary transactions for financing terrorist
acts. The timeframe for resolving a case in anti-terrorist offence
has been fixed for six months after charge framing.
Criminal Investigation Department
(CID) filed charge sheets in the August 21, 2004 grenade attack
on the AL rally in Dhaka case. Among the accused were 22 persons
including HuJI-B operations commander Mufti Abdul Hannan and the
BNP leader and former deputy minister Abdus Salam Pintu. The CID,
in the chargesheet said that the attack was intended to kill AL
leader Sheikh Hasina as she was perceived to be "harmful" for
Daily Star, quoting law enforcing
agencies, reported that after a respite for months since promulgation
of emergency, the Islamist militant organisations are regrouping
again in 12 south-western districts. According to the report,
at least 12,000 cadres of four militant organisations, Allahr
Dal, JMB, HuJI-B and Hizb-ut Towhid, have become active again
in the districts of Kushtia, Meherpur, Jhenidah, Magura, Chuadanga,
Jessore, Khulna, Narail, Bagerhat, Rajbari, Faridpur and Satkhira.
Police arrested three extremists
and recovered arms and ammunition during separate raids conducted
in the Kushtia district. Kumarkhali police arrested Bashar, an
absconding cadre of the Gono Bahini, from Gorai shoal and recovered
a country-made pistol with four bullets from his possession. A
Kushtia court had sentenced Bashar in absentia to 14 years rigorous
imprisonment (RI) in an arms case in 2002. In another raid, Daulatpur
police arrested two extremists belonging to unspecified outfits
from their house at Farakur and recovered a pistol with three
bullets. The arrested persons were identified as Safiqul Islam
alias Tengor and Rafiqul Islam alias Ghungur.
Daily Star reported that the cadres
of the PBCP have started regrouping and committing various crimes
in remote areas including Chalan Beel in the Sirajganj, Natore
and Pabna districts. Many of the mosques, temples, madrassas,
market places in outlying char areas in the three districts have
turned into safe havens for the extremists. Some 15 sub-districts
including Belkuchi, Chowhali, Ullapara, Shahzadpur and Tarash
in the Sirajganj district, Singra and Gurudashpur in Natore district
and Santhia, Bera, Ataikula, Sujanagar, Bhangura, Atghoria and
Chatmohor in Pabna district have witnessed activities by the PBCP
A left-wing extremist belonging
to an unspecified outfit was killed by unknown persons at Mirzapur
village in Sadar sub-district of Jhenidah. The extremist was identified
as Fazlur Rahman of the same village. Fazlur was reportedly returning
home from a village market when the assailants shot him dead.
A court in Satkhira sentenced
two HuJI-B cadres to 20 years rigorous imprisonment (RI) each
for possession of 44 Arges grenades. The court also fined both
the militants Taka 20,000 each. The militants were identified
as Moin Uddin alias Abu Zandal, a close aide to the outfit’s operations
commander Mufti Abdul Hannan and Nazrul Islam Gharami, son of
Mujibur Rahman Gharami from Shimulia village in Debhata sub-district.
Based on the statement by Abu Zandal, RAB personnel had arrested
Nazrul Islam Gharami and recovered 44 grenades of Arges brand
hidden in a pond in Shimulia village under Debhata sub-district
on February 15.
Four PBCP extremists were arrested
from the remote Boroichora village in Chalon Beel area of Tarash
sub-district in the Sirajganj district. They have been identified
as Abdul Kayum, Abdul Jalil, Hossain Mandal, and Mozibar Rahman,
all haling from Boroichora village. Police sources said that the
extremists are wanted in several cases for killing, robbery and
A PBCP extremist, identified as
Md Khurjan, was killed allegedly by rivals within his own outfit
at Satgasa village in the Atghoria sub-district of Pabna. Police
said the extremist was probably abducted from Kodomtoli market
and later killed at Satgasa.
Four HuJI-B cadres were sentenced
to 20 years' rigorous imprisonment (RI) in an explosives case
in Magura. The special tribunal also fined them Taka 5,000 each.
The militants were identified as Mokaddes Ali, ameer (chief) of
Magura district unit Khelafat Majlish, its general secretary Bakibillah,
Khalilur Rahman and Rafikul Islam Sabuj. Earlier on June 10, they
were sentenced to 20 years' RI for possessing illegal arms.
Police produced 29 JMB cadres,
including Salahuddin alias Salehin and Asaduzzaman Ponir, who
have been awarded death sentence and the wife of executed JMB
second-in-command Siddiqul Islam Bangla Bhai before the Court
of Fourth Additional Judge in Mymensingh. They are accused in
11 different cases, including Netrokona bomb blast case, Jibontala
Madrassa case with Bhaluka Police Station and another case filed
with Muktagachha Police Station.
An extremist belonging to the
Sarbahara Bahini was killed by rivals within the same organisation
at Mongolgram village in Faridpur sub-district in Pabna. The slain
extremist was identified as Abu Sayed.
Abdur Rashid Malitha alias Tapan
alias Dada Tapan, founder of the Janajuddha faction of the PBCP,
was killed in a 'shootout' with Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) personnel,
in the Baradi village at the outskirts of Kushtia town. A woman,
identified as Rikta alias Maksuda, suspected to belong to the
'women wing' of the outfit was also killed during the 'shootout',
which followed as RAB personnel cordoned of the house in which
the extremist leader was staying for the last couple of years.
An AK-47 rifle was recovered from Tapan. Tapan’s brother Akash
too was arrested from the nearby Udibari village along with one
9mm pistol, 800 bullets, 5,000 books or booklets and 5,000 leaflets
of the outfit.
The Chittagong Divisional Speedy
Trial Tribunal sentenced two JMB militants to life imprisonment
in an explosives case filed in connection with the explosions
carried out on the Chittagong court premises in November, 2005.
The convicts are identified as JMB Chittagong region commander
Jabed Iqbal alias Mohammad and Jahidul Islam Sumon alias Boma
Mizan. Sumon is still absconding. JMB cadre Abul Hossain had carried
out a suicide bomb attack on the Chittagong court premises killing
police constable Rajib Barua and local footballer Shahbuddin on
the spot. Abul Hossain, who was seriously injured in the blast,
later succumbed to his injuries.
A left-wing extremist was killed
during an encounter between his accomplices and the police personnel
at Alampur village in Jhenidah district. The killed extremist
was identified as Zahidul Islam, who the police said was accused
of killing local politicians Sharafat and Kabir. The report said
that Police conducted a raid over a secret meeting of the extremists
and the ensuing encounter led to the killing. Two constables also
received injuries during the encounter. One pipe gun with five
bullets was recovered from the spot.
Daily Star reported that around
40 top tier leaders of different left-wing extremists from 10
southwestern districts are still at large despite efforts by the
security forces to arrest them in last several years. These leaders
are reportedly still active and involved in various crimes, mostly
extortion and killings in the 10 districts. Intelligence sources
indicate that these leaders are also trying to reorganise their
outfits before the local government and national elections.
The Rajshahi speedy trial tribunal
sentenced six JMB militants to life terms in jail for the murder
of a rickshaw-puller during the serial blasts of August 17, 2005
in the Chapainawabganj district. The militants identified as Shahidullah
Faruk Selim, Abul Kashem Tufan, Shakhawat Hossain Ziad, Hafez
Ali Akbor Riaz, Shafiullah Shahid and Hafijur Rahman Dalim were
convicted for murder and sedition charges under Sections 302 and
120 (B) of Bangladesh Penal Code. They were also fined Taka 10,000
each. Of the six convicts Shafiullah Shahid and Hafijur Rahman
Dalim are still absconding.
RAB personnel carried out a raid
on the house of the killed PBCP-Janajuddha founder, Abdur Rashid
Malitha alias Dada Tapan at Mushuriapara village in Ishwardi sub-district
of Pabna district. Leaflets, posters, letters, books, other documents
of the outfit, a pair of comrade boot and belt were recovered
from the house, which the RAB described as regional office of
The Election Commission announced
polls to four city corporations (Rajshahi, Khulna, Barisal and
Sylhet) and nine municipalities (Manikganj Sadar, Chuadanga Sadar,
Shariatpur Sadar, Naohata of Rajshahi, Dupchanchiya of Bogra,
Sripur of Gazipur, Fulbaria of Mymensingh, Golapganj of Sylhet
and Sitakunda of Chittagong) to be held on August 4. The caretaker
government, earlier on the day, had relaxed the Emergency Powers
Rules (EPR) in respective areas allowing campaign processions
and rallies. The EPR had banned on holding rallies and processions
during the state of emergency.
A Dhaka court issued arrest warrants
against eight absconding HuJI-B militants, including Maulana Tajuddin,
brother of detained former BNP lawmaker Abdus Salam Pintu, in
the August 21 grenade attack case. The court fixed July 24 for
returning the arrest warrants to the court.
Four women, including three of
a family, were injured when a bomb went off at village Krishna
Nagar under Tala sub-district in Satkhira. The injured were identified
as Etika Rani Sarker, Sabita Rani Sarkar, Bijoli Rani Sarkar and
Amita Rani Sarkar. Quoting local people police said Etika Rani
got a small box with lid while fishing in a canal. The box when
opened exploded causing injuries.
Two top leaders of the PBCP-Janajuddha
were killed during a shootout between their cohorts and RAB at
Ganeshpur village under Khoksa sub-district of Kushtia district.
They slain militants were identified as Golam Hossain Akash, younger
brother of recently slain Janajuddha chief Abdur Rashid Malitha
alias Dada Tapan, and Abdur Rashid Tikka, regional leader of the
outfit. Tikka, who was a leader of the GMF had joined PBCP-Janajuddha
three months ago as its regional leader.
A regional leader of the BCP was
killed during an encounter between police and BCP cadres at Houspur
village in the Kushtia district. The killed extremist was identified
as Anwar Hossain Selim of Katdah area. Two policemen were also
injured in the encounter. A shutter gun and 22 rounds of bullet
were recovered from the encounter site. Police sources said that
the killed extremist is an accused in at least 15 cases including
Three PBCP cadres were arrested
from Bagmara in the Rajshahi district and were sent to jail. The
extremists were identified as Kanai Chandra Das alias Kanu, Protul
Kumar Sarker, and Shaymol Kumar Jamadar, all hailing from Taherpur
bazaar in Bagmara.
Two senior leaders of the ‘Alam-Swapan
Bahini’ faction of the left-wing extremist Sarbahara Party were
killed during a shootout between the security force personnel
and extremists at Sargram village in the Pabna district. The killed
extremists were identified as Mohmmed Swapan of Sargram village
and chief of the 'Alam-Swapan Bahini' and Mohammed Zohurul of
Bauikhola village, a regional commander of the outfit. The shootout
followed a raid by the RAB personnel at a place near the Sargram
Dakhil Madrassa at Sargram village where the extremists were holding
a meeting. A single-barrel gun, a .32 bore rifle and five rounds
of bullet were recovered from the encounter site.
The Additional District and Sessions
court in Panchagarh sentenced three JMB cadres to 20 years rigorous
imprisonment for possession of bomb making materials. The convicts,
Tanviruzzaman alias Murad from Sultanpur village under Debiganj
sub-district in Panchagarh, Ashjad Hossain alias Awakat from Panditpara
village under Dimla sub-district in Nilphamari and Shafiqul Islam
from Joyrampur village under Kaharol sub-district in Dinajpur
district, were also fined Taka 10,000 each. The convicts had been
arrested on November 19, 2005 from a rental house at Notun Bosti
in Panchagarh with bomb making materials and explosives.
Two persons, including a minor
boy, were injured in an explosion at Hajapur graveyard in the
Awaliapur union of Dinajpur sub-district. The bomb was hidden
in a jute bag. No one has been arrested in connection with the
A senior leader of the PBCP-Janajuddha
was killed during an encounter with the police personnel at Taherhuda
village in the Jhenidah district. The slain extremist, Absal Hossain,
was a close aide of slain PBCP chief Dada Tapan, police sources
said. Absal Hossain had been arrested earlier on that day from
Taherhuda village and was accompanying the police for recovery
of arms when the encounter occurred. Two police constables were
also injured in the incident. A revolver, a light gun and eight
rounds of bullets were recovered from the encounter site.
Police arrested a BCP cadre, identified
as Ishaque. Following his confessional statement, police recovered
a shutter gun, two bullets and a bomb from his village home at
Bazar Gopalpur in the Jhenidah district. The extremist is an accused
in the killing of a police informer.
A GMF extremist was arrested at
Borobari village in the Shailkupa sub-district of Jhenidah district.
The extremist, Shuklal, was holding a meeting at the village with
other GMF cadres who fled the place following a police raid. Police
sources said that the extremist who was earlier arrested had been
released on July 8.
A court in Panchagarh sentenced
four JMB cadres to life imprisonment in a case filed in connection
with the August 17, 2005 serial bomb blasts in Panchagarh. The
Court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Amulla Kumar Sarker
acquitted six other accused in the case. The convicts were also
fined Taka 10,000 each. The prosecution submitted that militants,
Tanviruzzaman alias Murad, Azizul Islam alias Majnu, Hafizur Rahman
and Abdul Matin alias Ismail exploded bombs at eight places including
the Judge Court compound and the entrance to the Collectorate
Building in Panchagarh on August 17, 2005.
A ‘regional commander’ of the
Red-Flag faction of the PBCP-Red Flag, identified as Abdul Hakim
alias Kalu, was killed during a shootout between extremists and
the Police at Malsan village under Raninagar sub-district of the
The wife of a lone witness to
the August 17, 2005 serial bomb blasts in Satkhira was found dead
at Bakal check post under Sadar sub-district. Raushan, who witnessed
the August 17 bomb blasts, alleged that the outlawed JMB militants
strangled his wife and hanged the body from the tree.
The RAB personnel arrested five
members of the outlawed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB)
Chief of the Red-Flag faction
of the PBCP-Red Flag, Tutul a.k.a. Dr Mizanur Rahman a.k.a. Rafikul
Islam, was killed in an encounter between Police and extremists
in Naogaon. Earlier on July 26-night, hours before Dr Tutul was
killed, his 80-year-old mother Novera Khatun through a press conference
at Jhenidah Press Club had pleaded with the Government to save
her son from "crossfire".
Ansar Ali, an activist of an outlawed
party and a suspect in the Bamihal police killing and arms looting
case, was killed in a shootout between police and his accomplices
at Kankian village.
The Sherpur District and Sessions
Judge's Court framed charges against seven militants of the outlawed
JMB in connection with the serial bomb blasts in the district
town on August 17, 2005
The Satkhira Additional District
and Sessions Judge's Court sentenced three cadres of the outlawed
PBCP to rigorous imprisonment (RI) for life for killing their
rival on March 18, 2003.
A PBCP ‘regional commander’, identified
as Tofazzal Hossain Tufan alias Shimul, was killed during a shootout
between his associates and the police at Mohishshahi Chandpur
village under Pangsha sub-district in the Rajbari district. He
had been arrested in Suryanagar area on July 28-night and subsequently
was taken to Suryanagar to recover firearms where the encounter
A Barisal court sentenced seven
JMB activists to life imprisonment in a case filed for the series
bomb blasts on August 17, 2005 in front of the Barisal Central
Jail. The seven were also fined Tk 10,000 each, in default of
which they will have to serve an additional year in prison. The
court also acquitted seven other accused and ordered to release
them unless there are separate cases pending against them.
Two militants were killed during
an encounter with the RAB personnel at Mirzapur village under
Atrai sub-district of Naogaon district. The slain militants were
identified as Naser Ali of Atgram village and Saiful Islam Palowan
alias Kajol of Jamgram village. While one RAB trooper was wounded,
the RAB personnel recovered two revolvers, one pipe gun, 12 bullets,
a sword, a 25-inch dagger, books, leaflets and other documents
of the outfit from the incident site.
The Communications Adviser Ghulam
Quader rejected reports published in the Indian media indicating
links between the recent terrorist attacks in India with the HuJI-B.
He said, ""HuJI is not active in Bangladesh now and the allegations
of the Indian media don't have any foundation". "Whenever India
faces such problems, they try to find a scapegoat, which we must
protest strongly and from all spheres… Bangladesh will officially
protest such malicious reports by the Indian media", he added.
Intelligence officials detained
eight activists of an organisation named 'Islami Samaj' on suspicion
of militancy, from the Sessions Judge's Court premises in Bandarban.
The suspected militants were distributing leaflets denouncing
the democratic electoral system in Bandarban district and the
Sessions Judge's Court premises. Around 3000 leaflets were recovered
from them. Hailing from Comilla, Sherpur, Noakhali, Shariatpur,
Jamalpur and Tangail districts, the suspected militants aged between
18 and 50 years said they joined Islami Samaj a few months ago.
They also claimed that they have no connection with the JMB militants.
Police arrested seven more activists
of the Islami Samaj when the latter were distributing leaflets
in Jamalpur town. The arrested were identified as Yusuf Ali, Ansar
Ali, Mohammad Ali, Abdul Karim, Aiyub Ali Prodhan, Mobarak Ali
and Saiful Islam. Of them, Ansar Ali was earlier arrested on September
15, 2003, from Jhinaigati in Sherpur for links with the JMB and
was released from jail after serving 11 months' imprisonment.
A cadre of the left-wing extremist
outfit, the Nakshal Bahini, was killed by cadres of his own organisation
at a remote village in the Chatmohar sub-district of Pabna district.
Police sources said that Joynal Abedin was chopped to death by
his rivals at Kuchia village.
Police arrested a suspected JMB
cadre at Palashbari in the Gaibandha district. The militant, identified
as Kazal, is a student of the Bogra Polytechnic Institute.
The Metropolitan Sessions court
in Dhaka rejected the bail petitions of two HuJI-B cadres, Rafiqul
Islam and Arif Hassan Sumo, in a case filed for exploding grenades
at an Awami League (AL) rally on Bangabandhu Avenue in Dhaka on
August 21, 2004.
RAB personnel arrested three cadres
of the Allhar Dal from different areas of Sunderganj sub-district
in the Gaibandha district. They were identified as Afzal Hossain
of Chicha village, Delwer Hossain of Uttar Shams village and Raju
Mia of the Pachim Dulal village.
RAB personnel arrested three BCP
cadres at Ibrahimpur village of Shailkupa sub-district in Jhenidah
district. Two arms and 11 bullets were recovered from their possession.
The extremists identified as Wazed Ali Fakir, Mozaffar Hossain
and Mohidul Islam were holding a secret meeting when the raid
A regional leader of the PBCP-Red Flag faction
was killed during an encounter at Vulbaria village in Ataikula
sub-district of Pabna. The killed extremist was identified as
Mohammad Johurul Islam alias Mithu. During the time of the raid
the extremists were holding a secret meeting. One rifle, a foreign
made revolver and 20 bullets were recovered from the spot.
Asadullah Al Galib, chief of the
Islamist militant outfit Ahle Hadith Andolan Bangladesh (AHAB),
was freed on bail by the High Court from Bogra jail, reports Daily
Star. It granted him bail in two cases as the trials could not
be held within the time set by the court six months ago. Since
his arrest on February 23, 2005, a total of ten cases were filed
against Galib. During the then BNP-led coalition Government, he
was relieved of charges in six of the cases and was granted bail
in another case. On July 26, during the term of the caretaker
Government, a Gaibandha court declared him not guilty in an explosives
case. Six months back, the High Court had ordered that Galib would
be awarded bail in two other cases unless the trial is not held
within six months.
The Metropolitan Sessions Judge's
Court in Dhaka asked eight absconding HuJI-B cadres to appear
before the court by September 21 in connection with the August
21 grenade attack on an AL rally case. The absconding cadres were
identified as Maulana Tajuddin, Maulana Liton, Anisul Mursalin,
Mahibul Muttakin, Iqbal, Maulana Abu Bakar alias Selim Howlader,
Jahangir Alam Badar and Khalilur Rahman. Maulana Tajuddin is the
brother of former BNP parliamentarian Abdus Salam Pintu. The court
directed the authorities concerned to give advertisement in two
national Bangla dailies asking the absconding accused to appear
before the court on the scheduled date.
A Special Tribunal in Gazipur
sentenced a JMB regional commander identified as Abdullah Al Suhail
to 34 years rigorous imprisonment in arms and explosive cases.
The militant was also fined Taka 20,000. Abdullah had been arrested
from Ashulia bus stand in Dhaka on January 30, 2006 and three
guns and some explosives were recovered from his possession.
In a fax to RAB headquarters the
JMB threatened to bomb the headquarters and offices of all the
12 RAB battalions within the month of September. The fax sent
from Rajshahi said bomb attacks would also be made on the offices
of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, Chittagong Metropolitan Police and
Rajshahi Metropolitan Police, and that of all the Superintendents
of Police. The fax informed that the outfit is now head by Obaidur
Rahman Giashi of Rambhadrapur of Chanpainawabganj after the death
of Bangla Bhai.
Daily Star reported that the left-wing
extremist outfits have regrouped in several south-western districts
including Meherpur, Chuadanga, Jhenidah and Kushtia ahead of the
upcoming upazila and parliamentary elections. These extremists,
who had fled to evade arrest following security force operations,
have returned to their respective areas and are regrouping their
cadres and mid-level leaders on the instructions of their top
leaders who are still in their hideouts. They are also recruiting
new cadres to increase their strength. Large-scale extortion collection
mainly from businessmen, government and non-government officials
and contractors has also been reported from these districts.
The report further said that the
extremist outfits have formulated a seven- point 'programme' following
a series of meetings in the Jhenidah district and have called
for unity of all outfits to launch the 'action programme' immediately.
The programme includes bomb attack on law enforcers, educational
institutions, passenger transports and important places in ten
districts of the region, toll collection form businessmen, and
distribution of leaflets, recruiting new cadres and avenging killing
of the outfit’s cadres in fake encounters.
A regional leader of the PBCP-Lal
Pataka was sent to jail after his appearance before Meherpur judicial
magistrate court. The extremist Rois Uddin was arrested from his
house at Jalshuka village in Gangni sub-district of Meherpur.
On his confessional statement, police recovered a shutter gun
from his house. Police sources said that the extremist was involved
in several crimes including robbery, abduction and extortion.
Two cadres of Gono Bahini were
killed in Kushtia in an encounter with the security forces. The
killed were identified as Mantu, a regional leader of the outfit
and Sayeed, a cadre. The encounter occurred after Police personnel
raided the Nandir Beel area after receiving information about
a secret meeting by the Gono Bahini cadres. A pistol, an LG and
12 rounds of bullet were recovered from encounter site.
RAB personnel arrested a JMB cadre,
identified as Md Delwar Hossain at Battali Bazar under Khetlal
sub-district of Joypurhat. The arrested militant haling from Baniapara
village was wanted in a case filed for looting firearms from police
at Mohespur village under Khetlal sub-district in 2003. He had
earlier been arrested and had gone into hiding after being released
A wanted criminal and member of
the Sarbahara Party was killed in a crossfire between police and
his accomplices at Birkutsa Sahapur area in Bagmara sub-district
of Rajshahi. The dead extremist was identified as Abul Hasen alias
Kana Abul of Aloknagar village in Hamirkutsa union. Police had
arrested Abul from his home and had taken to the encounter site
for recovery of arms. Police sources said that Abul was a listed
terrorist and was absconding since a murder case in which he had
been sentenced to life-term imprisonment.
A court in Chuadanga sentenced
a regional leader of the PBCP-Janajuddha to death for killing
a BNP leader Nur Ali at Dingedaha village on June 22, 2005. The
convicted extremist was identified as Yusuful Goni alias Khairul,
of Sonadanga village of Khulna district.
A bomb exploded at Faridpur Medical
College Hospital at about 7:30 pm. However, there was no report
of casualties in the blast.
The coordinator of Hizb ut-Tahrir
for Bangladesh and Dhaka University teacher Syed Golam Mowla and
nine other activists of the outfit including senior member Ahmed
Jamal were arrested by the Rajshahi Metropolitan Police (RMP)
at Rajshahi City Press Club on suspicion of promoting militancy
in the country. Police sources said that the Hizb ut-Tahrir cadres
were distributing leaflets calling for establishing rule of Khilafat
by dethroning the present government in this holy month of Ramadan.
RMP Commissioner Mahbub Mohsin said, "We arrested them on suspicion
of encouraging militancy in the country...We are investigating
Police produced the arrested cadres
before the court of Metropolitan Judicial Magistrate BM Tariqul
Kabir accusing them of engaging in a conspiracy to topple the
government. The court sent the arrested to jail.
A cadre of an unidentified left-wing
extremist outfit was killed by rivals within his own organisation
at Bongram village under Chatmohar sub-district of Pabna. The
slain extremist was identified as Arman Ali. Police sources said
that a group of 10 to 12 extremists attacked Arman while he was
sitting at a tea stall at Bongram bazaar. They took him to a place
nearby, slit his throat and fled from the scene. Subsequently,
Police recovered his body.
The Hizb ut-Tahrir Bangladesh
threatened to oust the Caretaker Government by launching a movement
if its 10 leaders and activists arrested in Rajshahi on September
18 are not released within 48 hours. The threat was issued at
a meeting of the organisation in capital Dhaka. Addressing the
meeting at the city's Engineers' Institute of Bangladesh, the
organisation's Chief Coordinator Mahiuddin Ahmed said, "The Hizb
ut-Tahrir will stomp the city streets and no one will be able
to live in peace on the soil of Bangladesh if our leaders are
not released in 48 hours." Responding to the threat by the outfit,
Home Secretary Md Abdul Karim told that the law would take its
Akramul Hossain, assistant commissioner
of Special Branch of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police, said, "We may
seek necessary government approval for filing a sedition case
against the arrested persons."
The JMB threatened to carry out
bomb attacks on police stations and check-points in Rajshahi city.
In a fax sent to the RMP headquarters at around 6:00pm, the banned
outfit said it would launch attacks in retaliation for arrest
and harassment of its cadres. Assistant commissioner of RMP Detective
Branch (DB), told reporters that the Police have beefed up security
at police stations and other installations in the city.
The CID filed charge sheet against
the HuJI-B operations commander Mufti Abdul Hannan and five other
cadres of the outfit in the 2004 grenade attack in front of Gulshan
Centre in Sylhet city case. The incident had claimed the life
of an AL leader and injured 40 others. Investigation officer Inspector
Zubayer told, "Charges against eight people in connection
with the case have been established. We submitted charge sheet
against six people while one is dead and the other’s whereabouts
could not be known". Mufti Abdul Hannan and his accomplice
Sharif Shahedul Alam Bipul had already given confessional statement
in this regard, he said.
The Chittagong Divisional Speedy
Trial Tribunal sentenced JMB Chittagong Divisional Commander Javed
Iqbal alias Mohammad to 10 years imprisonment in a case filed
in connection with serial bomb blast across the country on August
17, 2005. Javed Iqbal was involved in the explosion that occurred
at Badamtali intersection in the city. The court also fined him
Taka 5,000. Another accused JMB cadre Arshadul Alam was acquitted
of the charge. Javed has so far been awarded in different terms
in nine cases. He is also an accused in eight other cases, which
are now under trial at different courts in Chittagong.
Detective police arrested a cadre
of the JMB from a house at Zahidur Rahman road under Khulna Sadar
police station. A photocopy of his passport, licence of a motorcycle
and a bank cheque book was recovered from the JMB cadre, identified
as Tanvir Ahmed (26). He was staying in a rented accommodation
after providing a false name and address. His mother, sister-in-law
and daughter were also taken into custody.
A regional commander of the PBCP-ML
was killed in an encounter between PBCP cadres and Police personnel
at Fulbari of Damurhuda sub-district in the Chuadanga district.
The extremist was identified as Farid Hossain. A locally-made
gun and five cartridges were recovered from the site of the encounter.
Police claimed Farid was accused in a dozen cases involving murder,
extortion and robbery.
Unidentified callers, introducing
them as cadres of the Sarbahara Party, are demanding money from
government officials and bank managers in Moulvibazar Sadar and
Srimongal sub-districts in Moulvibazar district. People are being
threatened with death if they fail to comply with the threats.
Ten Hizb ut-Tahrir leaders, including
four university teachers, who were arrested in Rajshahi on September
18 on suspicion of inciting anti-government activities and involvement
in militancy were released after being granted bail by the Rajshahi
District and Sessions Judge’s Court.
A BCP cadre was killed in an encounter
between Police and BCP cadres at Bisoykhali bazaar in the Jhenidah
district. The killed extremist was identified as Mohidul Islam
of Kanchan Nagar village. He was arrested by the Detective Branch
of police from Damodarpur village on October 5 afternoon and was
taken to the Bisoykhali village for recovery of illegal arms.
The security forces were fired upon by the BCP cadres and in the
ensuing encounter Mohidul was killed. Two shutter guns, a light
gun, two bombs and 10 rounds of bullets were recovered from the
Media reports indicate that the
cadres PBCP-ML are regrouping in the Rupsha, Terokhada and Phultala
sub-districts of Khulna ahead of the parliamentary election in
December. The extremists have reportedly held several secret meetings
to plan their operations in the district including Khulna city.
Extremists who had fled the area after the security force operations
as well as extremists who have been released on bail from the
prisons are taking part in these meetings. Several cases of demands
for extortion have been reported to the Police. People are being
threatened with death if they do not abide by the demands of the
extremists. The PBCP is also reportedly recruiting cadres by luring
youths from families of jobless workers of different jute mills
in Khulna industrial belt. Police sources said that Harun-ar-Rashid
hailing from Moishaguni village in Rupsha sub-district is the
acting 'operations commander' of the Khulna division PBCP-ML.
Two handmade 'bottle bombs' were
recovered in the residence of Supreme Court Justice Sharif Uddin
Chaklader at Judges' Complex at Park Avenue in Kakrail in the
capital Dhaka. Doulat Akbar, officer-in-charge of Ramna police
station told, "Justice Sharif Uddin found the bombs lying on the
lawn of his house as he was about to go out at around 4:00pm."
"At his directive, one of his domestic servants threw one the
bombs against a wall and the bomb exploded", he added. Police
personnel subsequently recovered the other unexploded bomb. It
was found to be hand made, comprising of explosive filled bottles
sealed with red tape.
RAB personnel arrested four cadres
of banned Islamist outfit HuJI-B in Khalishpur area of Khulna
district. The arrested have been identified as Mizanur Rahman
Tushar, Mujahidul Islam, Omar and Yusuf Al Helal. While Tushar,
Mujahid and Omar were arrested near Darus Salam mosque, Yusuf
was held near Khalishpur SA Paribahan office. A press release
by the RAB said Tushar joined HuJI-B in 2003 and took training
at Kodala forest in Chittagong. He was arrested in Chittagong
in 2004 and went into hiding after getting bail from the court.
The militants also told the interrogators that they had a plan
to free HuJI-B operations commander Mufti Abdul Hannan from prison.
A regional leader of the GMF was
killed in a shootout between police and GMF cadres at Alampur
village in the Kushtia district. The killed extremist was identified
as Abul Kasem alias Saddam (42) of Alampur village. Police sources
said that the raid occurred when the GMF cadres were holding a
secret meeting at the Satmile area at Alampur. A pistol, a shutter
gun and four rounds of bullet were recovered from the encounter
site. Kasem was accused in a number of cases including six on
charges of murder, police said.
Nobin Hossain, a regional leader
of GMF was killed at Alampur village in Sadar upazilla of Kushtia
district during a raid carried out by the Police. Police sources
said that the raid followed an input that the GMF cadres are holding
a meeting at the place. Nobin was killed while his colleagues
managed to escape. Nobin was wanted in three murder cases filed
with Kushtia Sadar Police Station. Police recovered a shutter
gun and four bullets from the spot.
Separately, 'Murgi' Masud alias
Akash, a cadre PBCP- Red Flag was killed at Pabnapara under Taherpur
Municipality of Bagmara sub-district in Rajshahi. Members of the
RAB had arrested Masud on October 15 and handed him over to the
police on the next day. Police had taken Masud to Pabnapara to
arrest his accomplices and recover the hidden firearms where they
were fired upon by the PBCP cadres. Masud was shot during the
encounter. Masud was convicted in two murder cases and was awarded
life term in absentia, police sources said. Police recovered a
pistol, two knives, two machetes and some drugs from the spot
The IDP, a political party floated
by leaders of the HuJI-B submitted an application to the EC to
register themselves for the upcoming parliamentary polls. Kazi
Azizul Huq, an adviser to the IDP said that the party was floated
on May 18 this year and it consists of 200 to 300 Afghan War veterans.
He further said that the party's ultimate objective is to establish
Sharia law in the country but they would follow the civil code.
Sheikh Abdus Salam heads the convening committee of IDP. It was
also under his leadership that a group of Afghan war veterans
launched HuJI-B through a press conference at the National Press
Club on April 30, 1992. The government had banned the outfit in
2005 for its militant activities.
A regional leader of the GMF was killed in 'crossfire'
between GMF cadres and Police at Alampur village under Sadar sub-district
of Kushtia. The slain extremist was identified as Abdul Mazid
of the same village. Police sources said that they received information
regarding a secret meeting of the GMF cadres at Baliapara Bazar
at Alampur and a raid was conducted accordingly. During the shootout
Mazid was killed while other GMF cadres managed to escape. Police
recovered a rifle and six bullets from the spot. Police sources
said that Mazid had surrendered to the government under an amnesty
programme declared by the Awami League-led government in 1999.
However, after being released from the jail on bail in 2001, he
started his extremist activities.
PBCP cadres killed a trader at a market in Tarash
of Sirajganj district. The victim was identified as Abul Kalam
Azad of Paikora village. Police and eyewitnesses said that a group
of 20 or 25 armed extremists entered the shop of Azad at Katagari
Bazar and shot him with a pistol. The group left the scene chanting
slogans of PBCP.
Police arrested two 'most wanted extremists' from
a shrimp enclosure at Shalue village under Dumuria sub-district
of Khulna district. The arrested were identified as Rupchand Biswas
(42) and Pratap Biswas (36), younger brothers of Shailen Biswas,
'operation commander' of the BCP. Both were charged with extortion,
illegal occupation of shrimp enclosures and planning criminal
operations in south western districts. Police recovered a pipe
gun and seven live cartridges from their possession.
Two JMB cadres were arrested at Abbas Bazar village
at Shibganj in the Chapainawabganj district. They were identified
as Rafiqul Islam (27) and Hajrat Ali (22). Police recovered documents
of the JMB from their possession.
RAB personnel arrested a PBCP cadre, identified
as Hafiz Uddin Sheikh, at Paikora village in Tarash sub-district
of Sirajganj district, for his involvement in killing a trader
at Katagari Bazar on October 25 night. On interrogation, the extremist
confessed to his involvement in the killing.
Anwarul alias Joy (39), a PBCP-ML regional leader
was killed in a mob beating at Bhalaipur village in the Chuadanga
district. Police sources said that the incident took place when
the extremist leader was trying to collect extortion amount of
Taka 300,000 from two local businessmen. Joy was accused in nine
different cases, including three for murder.
A Bogra court sentenced two leaders of the JMB,
Ashraful and Abu Taher, to 10 years' imprisonment for possessing
explosives and bomb-making materials. Special Tribunal Judge,
Khalilur Rahman also fined the militants Taka 5,000 each. Both
militants had been arrested on January 21, 2006 and acting on
their statement, the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) personnel had
seized a huge quantity of bomb-making materials at Bamunia village
in Shahjahanpur sub-district.
The EC rejected registration applications of around
40 political parties including that of the Islamic Democratic
Party (IDP) formed by leaders of HuJI-B as they neither comply
with the country's constitution or the registration conditions.
A letter to this effect was issued to the IDP. As many as 107
organisations have applied for registration, now mandatory for
seeking election to parliament. Of these, 22 are religion-based
parties. According to the registration criteria laid down in the
electoral laws, a party must have won a seat, or polled five percent
of the votes in a constituency in any of the parliamentary polls
since independence. It must have headquarters and offices in at
least 10 districts or 50 sub-districts. Besides, it must disclose
its sources of funds etc, and its constitution must not contradict
the national constitution.
The Additional District and Sessions Judge court
in Chuadanga sentenced three cadres of the Marxist Leninist faction
of the PBCP to death for killing four people at Jodupur village
in Sadar sub-district in the Chuadanga district in 1996. The convicts
were also fined Taka 10,000 each. While two of the convicts, Alam
of Bahndadah in Kaliganj in Jhenidah district and Alam of Bhabanipur
in Chuadanga, are behind bars, the third convict Sohag is yet
to be arrested. According to prosecution the PBCP had cadres demanded
Taka 300,000 from one Abdul Aziz of Jodupur village and subsequently
shot dead four people at the house of Aziz on the night of June
27, 1996 as Aziz refused to pay the extortion amount.
The Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 in Dhaka framed charges
against detained former BNP parliamentarian Abdus Salam Pintu,
HuJI-B operations commander Mufti Abdul Hannan and 20 others in
two cases filed for grenade attacks on an AL rally in August 2004.
The court fixed November 5 for trial of the cases--one for murder
and another for bomb blast--and summoned the complainant to appear
before it on that date. The grenade attacks on the AL rally on
Bangabandhu Avenue in Dhaka on August 21, 2004 left 24 people
including Ivy Rahman, wife of acting AL President Zillur Rahman,
killed and 200 others including AL chief Sheikh Hasina injured.
The court charged Pintu with approving the plan of the grenade
attack prepared by Hannan and his accomplices. The former BNP
lawmaker was also charged with assisting the HuJI-B cadres with
finances and administrative help and abetting them for killing
and injuring the victims.
Police seized 15 bombs, two firearms and three
cartridges in separate drives at two villages Kashibati and Noapara,
under Kaliganj sub-district of Satkhira district. A person, identified
as Lutfor Rahman of village Kashibati was arrested in connection
with the recovery.
The Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal (STT) in
Barisal on sentenced four JMB cadres to life imprisonment in a
case filed in connection with the August 17, 2005 bomb blast in
front of Barisal Government BM College. The convicted were identified
as Zahid Babu, Sarwar Hossain, Abdur Rahim and Ziaur Rahman Zia.
They were also fined Taka 10,000 each. Nine others were acquitted
of all charges. All four convicted are absconding at present.
Three extremists belonging to an unidentified
left-wing extremist outfit were injured as bombs they were assembling
at remote Jagannathpur village in Daulatpur sub-district in the
Kushtia district. The extremists were identified as Mirza (30),
Mirazul (25), and Jahangir (30) of Jagannathpur village in the
Daulatpur sub-district. The injured, however, managed to escape
as local people rushed to the explosion site. Police subsequently
recovered splinters and some bomb making materials from the house
and arrested Mirza's wife Anjuara Khatun for interrogation.
GMF cadres threw leaflets at several spots including
Alampur, Bhadalia and Baromile in Kushtia Sadar sub-district from
passenger buses on Kushtia-Khulna highway. Local people collected
around a thousand leaflets from the areas. Subsequently, the law
enforcement agencies including RAB recovered a large number of
computer-composed leaflets from the same area. Addressing 'struggling
people of the areas', the leaflets said, "Police is a corrupt
institution. It oppresses innocent people and commits inhumane
killings in the name of 'crossfire'. The force has failed to achieve
confidence of people during the 37 years of independence. Don't
believe them or depend on them."
Daily Star reported that the PBCP is regrouping
in the Chalan Beel in Sirajganj, Natore and Pabna districts before
the December elections to the national assembly. Extortions, robberies,
abductions and murders by PBCP extremists have been reported from
Tarash, Raiganj, Belkuchi, Shahzadpur, Chowhali and Ullapara sub-districts
of Sirajganj, Gurudashpur, Natore sadar and Singra sub-districts
of Natore and Bera, Sathia, Ataikula, Sujanagar, Bhangura, Atghoria
and Chatmohor sub-districts of Pabna. PBCP activities have also
been noticed in the remote places of Sherpur sub-district in Bogra.
The activities of the outfit had came down significantly after
105 of its cadres surrendered to police at Katagari Bazar of Tarash
in November last year. However, extremist leaders like Nurjahan
Begum, Abu Sayeed, Shahjahan Ali, Bablu, Paresh, Kana Rasheed
and Huzur Ali have reorganised the activities of the outfit and
have targeted businessmen, affluent farmers, contractors and teachers.
Police arrested Zafar Babu, an ICS cadre from
Milik Bagha village in Bagha sub-district of Rajshahi. The extremist
was trying to abduct a girl before her marriage when the local
people caught him and handed him over to police. Zafar is a resident
under Motihar police station in Rajshahi city and is one of the
accused in the murder of Rajshahi University teacher Prof Muhammad
Yunus in 2005. He is also an accused in a number of cases relating
to arms, explosives, murder, extortion and terrorism with different
police stations in Rajshahi.
ICS activists of RU staged a demonstration on
the campus and threatened to burn to death cultural activists
of RU on the campus. After the Juma (Friday) prayers, ICS
cadres organised a rally and paraded different streets on the
campus. Earlier on November 6 night, ICS cadres under the banner
of 'Sacheton Chhatra Samaj' went to rooms of boys' dormitories
and forced them to join a 'protest rally' against the cultural
activists who they said staged a play against the Prophet.
A PBCP regional commander was killed in 'crossfire'
between his accomplices and the police at Nakhopara in Bagmara
sub-district of Rajshahi. The arrested extremist Monakka had been
arrested on the previous night and had been taken to Nakhopara
for recovery of arms. Officer-in-Charge of Bagmara Police Station
Sahabuddin Khalipha and Sub-Inspector Imdadul Bashar were also
injured during the encounter. A gun, five bullets, two machetes
and a knife were recovered from the encounter site.
A Barisal speedy trial tribunal acquitted 13 JMB
cadres of charges in the serial bomb blasts in front of Barisal
Bangla Bazar mosque in the city on August 17, 2005. Seven other
JMB cadres were sentenced to lifetime imprisonment in another
case filed in connection with the same incident on August 17,
2005. Police had filed 12 cases in connection with the August
17 serial blasts at 12 places in Barisal city. Of these, judgments
have been passed on 11 cases.
The ICS enforced a day-long strike on RU campus.
Earlier on November 11, ICS cadres under the banner of
of RU called for a general shutdown on the campus
demanding punishment of cultural activists for staging a 'drama
against' Prophet Mohammad. Hundreds of ICS cadres under the banner
of 'Sacheton Chhatra Samaj' went to science, arts, commerce
faculty buildings, central library, dean offices and administrative
building and forcibly closed the main gates in presence of police.
They took position at different points including the administrative
building and asked officers, employees and students to leave the
campus. The university officials and employees could not enter
the administrative building while classes and scheduled examinations
could not be held. The ICS cadres moved around the campus on motorbikes,
creating panic among the teachers and students.
Police arrested two women cadres of Hijbut Tawhid
when they were going to the residence of a person, Shahidul Islam,
to give the books and CDs at Muncefpara in Patuakhali town. They
were identified as Jeunnahar alias Poli, an assistant teacher
of Kalikapur Saleha Khatun Girls High School in Mirzaganj sub-district,
and her sister Meherunnesa Mili. Police sent them to the local
court under Section 54 and the court later sent them to jail.
Family sources said both Poli and Mili were divorced by their
husbands for their alleged involvement in militancy.
A Dhaka court acquitted two JMB cadres in a case
filed against them for possessing 21 grenade shells. They were
identified as Saiful Islam and Mahbub Hossain. According to the
prosecution, RAB personnel recovered 21 grenade shells during
a search operation at Hafezia madrassa in Forzakanda of
Narayanganj district on January 7, 2007.
Police, in a pre-dawn combing operation, seized
a cache of arms and ammunition at village Tekpara in Moheshkhali
island of the coastal Cox's Bazar district and arrested seven
persons in connection with the recovery. The seized arms and explosives
include a one-shooter gun, five shotguns, three local-made guns,
two bullets, five cartridges, two bombs, two cocktails and a huge
amount of gunpowder. The arrested persons have been identified
as Ali Reza, Mohammad Hossain, Noor Hossain (1), Amjad, Ansar,
Ramzan and Noor Hossain (2).
RAB personnel recovered 70 kilograms of explosives
following the confession of a JMB ehsar, identified as
Mohammad Hanif alias Kamal, who was arrested from his residence
at Kalshi in the capital Dhaka. The RAB personnel also recovered
40 kilograms of nitric acid, 150 cases of improvised grenades,
a large quantity of bomb-making materials and equipment, and over
2,000 books on jihad from two houses in Mirpur and Shanir
Akhra in the capital. The RAB Additional Director General Colonel
Gulzar Uddin Ahmed said, "The JMB stockpiled the explosives and
the books as they were preparing for fresh attacks and recruitment."
Police arrested three suspected cadres of Allahr
Dal at Domar bazar in the Nilphamari district. The arrested were
identified as Ketabul Islam (20), and Ainul Islam (16) both of
Chhoto Routa village in Domar sub-district and Mahbubur Rahman
(24) of Kolaroa sub-district in the Satkhira district. Police
claimed to have recovered important documents from their possession.
The court of Additional District and Sessions
Judge in Naokhali sentenced JMB cadres to life imprisonment in
a case filed in connection with the serial bomb blasts in the
district on August 17, 2005. The convicts were identified as Mokhlesur
Rahman Masum (25), Aminul Islam Mahmud (26) and Arman Hossain
Komol (39). The court also fined them Taka 10,000 each. According
to the prosecution, the JMB cadres exploded bombs at the District
Judge Court, District Collectorate Building, Noakhali Press Club
and near Maijdee bus stand on August 17, 2005.
The RAB launched a search operation for the present
JMB chief, Maulana Saidur Rahman, who managed to escape from a
rented house in Mirpur on November 16. RAB personnel had arrested
JMB ehsar Mohammad Hanif alias Kamal from Kalshi area in
Pallabi locality of capital Dhaka on the same day and then raided
the house at Mirpur but did not find the JMB chief.
A businessman was killed by GMF cadres at Ratulpara
village of Sirajganj district. The victim was identified as Ashraf
Ali Bokul (56), a Chittagong-based businessman. The report said
that a group of 10-12 armed extremists led by Sabdul, Siddik and
Sakram stormed into the house of Bokul at about 9:00pm and killed
him at the spot after asking the people present there to go away.
Police later arrested five persons, including Ziarakhi Union Parishad
(UP) chairman Sahin Mohammad Salauddin and former chairman Sawkat
Ali alias Sako, for their alleged link with the murder. Victim's
family sources said that the extremists had long been demanding
extortion money from Bokul and had also threatened him.
Police arrested two PBCP cadres at Jhotibari village
in Kamarkhanda sub-district of Sirajganj. The arrested were identified
as Abdul Quddus (28) and Mohammad Mostafa (34). They are accused
in several criminal cases including one for murder.
RAB personnel recovered 47 bombs from the residence
of a person, Ranju, at Devpur village in the Chapainawabganj district.
Two arms traders, Nasir Uddin and Lalu Mia, were also arrested
from the incident site.
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) charge
sheeted 14 HuJI-B operatives including the outfit's 'operations
commander' Mufti Abdul Hannan, in two cases filed in connection
with the Ramna Batamul blast on April 14, 2001. At a press briefing,
CID chief Additional Inspector General Mohammad Javed Patwari
said some 22 HuJI-B cadres were directly involved in the blast.
However, charges have been pressed against 14 as addresses of
the remaining eight were not found. Of the 14, only six, including
Hannan, have been arrested.
The Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate court
in Habiganj granted seven-day remand for JMB cadre Badrul Alam
Mizan in connection with the case for killing Awami League leader
SAMS Kibria and four others at Baidyer bazaar on January 27, 2005.
RAB personnel arrested a JMB cadre, identified
as Mohammed Shahidul Alam (55), from Sonapara village in Dinajpur
district. Explosives including detonators, a time bomb, nine other
bombs and four revolvers were recovered from his possession.
JMB sent a leaflet and a CD to two addresses in
Pabna by registered mail. Office of the Bengali newspaper Prothom
Alo in Pabna received a parcel containing the two items. The office
of the president of Pabna Chamber of Commerce and Industry also
received a similar parcel on the same day. In the leaflet, JMB
called for destroying anti-Islamic forces. "The Jehadi Kafela
is committed to establishing Islamic rule by destroying oppressors,
exploiters and dishonest leaders", the leaflet reads. It also
blamed the media for publishing "wrong information" about the
outfit. The CD reportedly contains footage of activities of JMB
Two PBCP-Lal Pataka cadres were killed in an
encounter with the RAB and Police personnel at Seujbari in the
Bagmara sub-district of Rajshahi district. The extremists, identified
as Mustafizur Rahman alias Suruj alias Feroj and Abdul Jalil alias
Asim alias Swapan of Uttar Koalipara village, were holding a secret
meeting when the raid occurred. Two policemen were also injured
in the encounter. Two shutter guns, five bullets, two knives and
PBCP booklets were recovered from the encounter site.
Three JMB cadres were arrested at Shoulmari village
in the Nilphamari district. They were identified as Noor Alam
(23), Mamun-ur-Rashid (40) and Golzar Rahman (22). Police recovered
some important documents from their possession.
The JMB sent a letter and a CD to Comilla District
Krishak League president Alhaj Omar Farooq. The letter and the
CD contained pictures of the bodies of JMB's executed leaders
Shaikh Abdur Rahman, Bangla Bhai and military commander Ata-ur
Police arrested a JMB cadre, Abdul Quddus from
his residence at Joyram Singh at Pirgachha sub-district in Rangpur
on December 10 and seized a number of books on Islamic revolution
from his possession. Police sources said Abdul Quddus is a listed
JMB member and his arrest followed information provided by another
JMB cadre who was arrested from Jaldhaka in Nilphamari on December
8. Both were reportedly were trying to reorganise the outfit in
RAB personnel arrested two PBCP cadres, Saiful
Islam (35) and Aslam Sheikh (30) from Belkuchi area in Sirajganj
district. A pipe gun, a revolver and nine rounds of bullets were
recovered from the arrested extremists.
A senior PBCP-Lal Pataka leader, Shahjahan alias
Tiger (42) was killed in an encounter at Baruipara area in the
Rajshahi District. He had been arrested from Baruihati Bazar area
in the same district on December 9. Police had taken him to the
Baruipara area for recovery of small arms when PBCP cadres opened
fire on the Police party. Shahjahan sustained critical injuries
during the ensuing encounter and succumbed to his injuries in
the Bagmara Health Complex. Police recovered a shutter gun, four
bullets, a machete, a Chinese axe and some other sharp weapons
from the encounter site.
Police arrested Kamal Bakhsh (27), a PBCP cadre
at Boroberakharua village in Belkuchi sub-district of Sirajganj
District. The arrested was described as an accused in a case filed
in connection with the attack on Randhunibari police camp, looting
of arms and killing of four policemen.
RAB personnel arrested Kapal Kata Shahid, a cadre
of the left-wing extremist outfit,
Sramajibi Mukti Andolon
(Revolution for Workers' Liberation) from Garaganj Bazar in
Jhenidah. A shutter gun, a pistol and six rounds of bullets were
recovered following his confessional statement. RAB sources said
that the arrested extremist is an accused of five cases, including
murder and extortion.
Leaflets and a CD sent by the JMB reached the
Thakurgaon District Krishak League leader Advocate Mojibar Rahman
by mail. In the leaflet, JMB criticised concepts of democracy,
secularism, nationalism, socialism and capitalism and the judicial
system and called on the people to participate in Jihad to
establish Islamic rule. The leaflets and the CD were handed over
to the Police.
Police arrested a PBCP cadre, Mozam Sheikh (35)
from Bollahvengur village at Raiganj in the Sirajganj district.
The arrested extremist was an accused in robbery and abduction
cases and was absconding since long.
An ordinance promulgated by the President repealed
the Emergency Powers Ordinance 2007 and Emergency Powers Rules
2007, thereby ending the state of emergency and restoring fundamental
rights. The state of emergency had been enforced on January 11,
2007 amid political turmoil over the ninth parliamentary polls.
Political parties and candidates are now free to participate in
electioneering for the December 29 general election without having
to face any restrictions.
RAB personnel recovered eight bombs, three shutter
guns at Asam Colony in the Rajshahi city. In a separate drive
at Harisangkarpur village under Godagari sub-district under Rajshahi
district, two shutter guns and 14 rounds of bullets were recovered.
None were arrested in connection with the recovery.
Md Moniruzzaman Sajib, a leader of the Bangladesh
Chhatra League (BCL), student wing of the Awami League (AL) was
injured in an attack by ICS cadres at Peerpur village in the Pabna
RAB personnel arrested five Hizbut Tawhid cadres
at Shimulia in Kaliakoir of Gazipur district. The arrested were
identified as Chan Mia, Hazrat Ali, Abu Hanif, Parul Akhter and
Salma Akhter. Several audio cassettes and books were recovered
from their possession.
Barisal Metropolitan Police (BMP) in a pre-dawn
drive arrested a fugitive JMB cadre from Savar in national capital
Dhaka. The arrested militant Abdur Rahim (45), a native of Nayakanda
area in Barisal district, has earlier been sentenced to 64 years
imprisonment for his involvement in 12 cases, including the serial
bombings on August 17, 2005.
Police recovered some explosive gels from the
classroom of a madrassa (seminary) at Ashkarpur union in
the Dinajpur district. Quoting Monsur Ali, headmaster of Ashkarpur
Monsur Chowdhury Dakhil madrassa, Police said that a student
noticed the explosives wrapped in a paper packet inside the classroom
and informed the authorities.
Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) personnel
recovered approximately 10 kilograms of explosives consisting
of Potash and Sulphur from a village under Sharsha sub-district
in Jessore District.
December 21 and 22
SFs arrested five UPDF activists
in charge of conducting campaigning for casting 'no vote' from
two separate places in the Rangamati District of Chittagong Hill
Tracts (CHT) area. They were, identified as Lotaram Chakma, Subhas
Chakma and Smritibindu Chakma from Jurachhari upazila (sub-District)
headquarters, Kajolmoy Tangchangya, and Jyoti Bikash Chakma from
Rangamati District town.
Police recovered nine live bombs
from a bamboo yard at Katenga village in the Khulna District.
Police arrested 13 PBCP cadres
from different villages of remote Chalan Beel area under Tarash
upazila (sub-district) in the Sirajganj District.
The arrested cadres included the ‘regional second in command’
of the outfit, identified as Huzur Ali.
Police recovered a motorbike which
was reportedly used by the killers of former Finance Minister
Shah A.M.S. Kibria in the grenade attack on him, from a shop beside
Pourashava road in Habiganj town.
Three HuJI-B militants, including
its chief Mufti Abdul Hannan, were sentenced to death in a murder
case filed in connection with the grenade attack on the then British
High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury in May 2004. The two others
sentenced to death were identified as Sharif Shahedul Alam Bipul
and Mohazmmed Delwar Hossain alias Ripon. The Sylhet Divisional
Speedy Trial Tribunal also awarded life terms to two other accused
in the case - Mufti Hannan's brother Muhibullah alias Muhibur
Rahman alias Ovi and Mufti Main Uddin alias Abu
Eight JMB militants were arrested
along with a large cache of explosives in the northern Gaibandha
area, about 300km north of capital Dhaka. Officials seized grenades,
explosives, batteries and books on jihad, district Police
chief S. M. Muniruzzaman as saying. The raids come ahead of national
elections due to take place on December 29.
37 bombs were recovered from various
places in the Rajshahi, Naogaon, Jessore and Meherpur Districts.
Benapole Police in a search operation
recovered three bombs from a house at Lautara village.
Three suspected JMB militants
were arrested in Panchagarh.
Jhenidah District Police arrested
a PBCP cadre, identified as Mahbubur Rahman alias Thandu,
of Parbatttipur village in the Harinakunda sub-district of Jhenidah
The RAB personnel arrested two
cadres of the Islamist organisation, Allahar Dal (Allah’s Group),
identified as Rostam Ali of Nilkantha village under Kurigram Sadar
upazila (Sub-District) and Akhtaruzzaman Swit of Jamuna
village under Ulipur upazila in the Kurigram District.
Police have thus far reportedly arrested 45 cadres of the Allahar
Dal, including Rostam and Akhtaruzzaman.
Police arrested four suspected
Islamist militants, identified as Helal Uddin, Ramiz Uddin, Ramzan
Ali and Iqbal, from a house in the Nilphamari-2 constituency of
Nilphamari District. Officer-in-charge of the Nilphamari
Police Station, Nural Islam, said that during primary interrogation
the suspects said they were members of Kalema Jamaat who invite
people to follow Islamic ideals.
Security was tight and voting
for the ninth general elections was peaceful across the country,
barring few minor incidents. Voter turnout was high, with about
70 percent of the 81 million eligible voters casting ballots,
said election official Humayun Kabir. More than 650,000 police
officers and soldiers had been deployed across the country in
a bid to prevent voter fraud and violence. Fakhruddin Ahmed, head
of the military-backed caretaker Government who led the country
for the last two years, termed the parliamentary election "most
peaceful, free and fair" describing the turn out of voters
Former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina
Wajed’s Awami League-led alliance won a landslide victory in the
ninth general elections held under a caretaker Government after
nearly two years of emergency rule. The Election Commission in
Dhaka said the alliance bagged 258 seats while former Prime Minister
Khaleda Zia's Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led four-party grouping
bagged only 38 seats, in the 300-seat Parliament for which elections
were held on December 29. Five seats went to other small parties
and independent candidates and results of the four other seats
were yet to reach the commission from the returning officers at
the field level.