Monday, January 31, 2005

BANGLADESH: Maoist Insurgency Report 29-31JAN [4 News Clippings]


01. 3 outlaws killed in 'crossfire'
02. 3 suspected extremists killed in shootout
03. 2 Chuadanga PBCP men killed in 'crossfire'
04. PBCP leader killed in 'crossfire'


01. 3 outlaws killed in 'crossfire'
Our Correspondent, Kushtia

Three top cadres of outlawed Janajuddho faction of Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-ML) were killed in two incidents of 'shootout' with police and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in Chuadanga early yesterday.

Two Janajuddho cadres were killed in reported 'shootout' with Rab men at village Nilmaniganj in Alamdanga upazila, while another cadre of the outfit was killed in 'crossfire' with police at village Singhoria in Sadar upazila.

A joint team of Rab and police arrested Janajuddha cadres Hasibul Alam and Ekramul Haq Santoo from the Fantasy Kingdom area of Savar on Thursday night.

Both were brought to Chuadanga where a joint interrogation cell of Rab and police quizzed them.

Rab men went to the village Nilmaniganj with the two to seize hidden firearms following their statement, Rab sources said.

Janajuddho men ambushed their microbus when they reached Nilmaniganj with the two criminals at about 3:30 am, prompting them to retaliate.

Hasibul and Ekramul tried to escape from the microbus, were caught in the 'line of fire' and died on the spot, Rab said.

Rab retrieved two shutter guns and five bullets from the spot.

The bodies were sent to Chuadanga Sadar Hospital for autopsy.

Hasibul was an accused in 24 cases including 15 for murders, while Ekramul in 28 cases including 21 for murders filed with different police stations in Chuadanga, Meherpur and Jhenidah districts, police said.

Both had fled from Chuadanga after Rab launched its drive several months ago.

Kushtia police arrested Idrish Ali, another listed criminal and also a top Janajuddha cadre from the Islamic University area on Thursday night.

Idrish, son of Manir Uddin hailing from village Kutubpur in Sadar upazila, was an absconding accused in several murder cases, police said.

The criminal was handed over to the Chuadanga Sadar police on Friday.

During interrogation, Idrish admitted his involvement with the outfit and possessing firearms hidden at various locations in Singhoria village.

Police left for Singhoria to recover the firearms at about 4:00am. When they reached Singhoria field, Janajuddho operatives fired on them, resulting in an hour-long gunfight.

While trying to escape from the police van, Idrish got caught in 'crossfire' and died on the spot, police said.

Police seized a revolver and five bullets from the spot.



02. 3 suspected extremists killed in shootout

Three members of an extremist group were killed in separate shootouts between their accomplices and the police in two upazilas in Chuadanga early Sunday.

The dead were Shanto, 20, son of Korban Ali of Maheshpur under Alamdanga upazila, Idris, 38, son of Moniruddin of Kutubpur and Hasibul, 30, son of Dr Afu in sadar upazila.

The Rapid Action Battalion arrested the three from Dhaka and handed them over to the Alamdanga police few days back.

On the statements of Shanto and Hasibul, a police team along with the them went to Rangpur Math under Alamdanga upazila at 4:00am to arrest other members of their gang. As the police reached the spot, the cohorts of the arrested opened fire on the team members prompting to retaliate.

Shanto and Hsibul were bullet-hit during the encounter and died on the spot. Two shutter guns and some ammunition were recovered from the spot, the police said. At the same time the police took Idris to Sinduria Math at Kutubpur of sadar upazila for arms recovery, the criminal gang, sensing the presence of the police, opened fire on them forcing them to retaliate. Idris was caught in the shootout and died instantly.

The three were wanted in a number of murder and other criminal cases, the police said.



03. 2 Chuadanga PBCP men killed in 'crossfire'


Jan 30: Three armed cadres of Purba Banglar Communist Party (ML-Janajuddha) were killed in separate crossfire incidents with the police last night.

The deceaseds are Idris Ali (38), son of late Moniruddin of village Kutubpur in Sadar Upazila, Ekramul Hoque Shanto (32), son of Korban Ali of village Moheshpur in Alamdanga upazila and Hasibul (37), son of Abu Bakar Siddique of village Nilmonigonj in sadar upazila of the district.

Police said, Idris Ali was arrested by Islami University police from Jhaudia village in sadar upazila of Kushtia district on January 27 and was handed over to Chuadanga thana police on January 28.

On his confessional statement he was taken to his home to recover arms and ammunition by police-van. When they reached near the village Kutubpur, a group of armed cadres opened fire on police-van, police also retaliated. At that time Idris Ali tried to escape from the police. But he was killed in the crossfire. All accomplices of Idris Ali managed to flee.

Idris Ali was accused in six cases including three murder cases. He was an armed cadre of PBCP ML (Janajuddha). Later police rushed to Idris Ali's house and recovered one pistol and three rounds of bullet.

On the other hand, Akramul Hoque Shanta and Hasibul were arrested by RAB from Dhaka on January 26. Later they were handed over to Alamdanga thana police.

On their confessional statement, they were taken to Kalu's house of village Rangpur in Alamdanga upazila of the district by a police-van, when they reached near the village, some armed cadres opened fire on the police, who also returned the fire. Akramul Hoque and Hasibul started to run to escape. But they were killed in the encounter. Police recovered two Shot guns and four rounds of bullet from the place of incident.

They were accused in 16 cases including 12 murder cases. Two separate cases were lodged with the police.

All bodies were taken to Chuadanga hospital for post-mortem.



04. PBCP leader killed in 'crossfire'
UNB, Natore

A regional leader of an outlawed party was killed in 'crossfire' between police and his accomplices at Khirpota village in Singra upazila early yesterday.

Police nabbed Entaj alias Enta, 38, regional commander of Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP--Lal Pataka) from Baioni village in Singra upazila Wednesday night.

Acting on his statement, police along with Entaj went to Khirpota on Thursday night to arrest his accomplices.

When police reached near the house of Rawshan member, the cohorts of Entaj opened fire, forcing the law enforcers to return fire.

Entaj was caught in the encounter as he tried to escape. He was rushed to Singra Health Complex where doctors declared him dead, police said.

Two police constables, Miladunnabi and Aminul Islam, were also injured in the shootout.

A pipe gun and 12 rounds of bullet were recovered from the scene.