Friday, February 11, 2005

BANGLADESH: Islamic Groups 09-11FEB [9 NEWS CLIPPINGS]

HEADLINE IN CLIPPINGS

01. 40 JMJB cadres remanded in Bagmara
02. Dr Kamal for immediate arrest of Bangla Bhai
03. Dr Kamal offers help to nab Bangla Bhai
04. BNP-Jamaat leaders expose characters after my father’s killing: Reza
05. Notorious Shibir cadre killed in ‘crossfire’
06. JIC to quiz Bangla Bhai operative
07. Muslim Janata man on fresh remand
08. Bangla Bhai's men circulate leaflets
09. Satkania Murder -Two Jamaat leaders sent to jail
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11/02/2005

01. 40 JMJB cadres remanded in Bagmara

Forty activists of Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) were remanded for three days in connection with three cases filed recently for murders and attack on police in Bagmara.

Police took the JMJB activists to a magistrate's court and sought a seven-day remand for each of them. The court, however, granted three days.

Earlier on January 24, 64 JMJB cadres were arrested in Bhabaniganj in Bagmara as they clashed with police while protesting lynching of three fellow men.

A mob lynched the three after they made a failed attempt on the life of a Union Parishad chairman and bombed an Awami League leader to death on January 22.

Police have so far questioned 24 JMJB men during remand.

11/02/2005

02. Dr Kamal for immediate arrest of Bangla Bhai

Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday demanded immediate arrest of 'Bangla Bhai', the self-styled commander of Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh.

"It is very unfortunate for the nation that even the prime minister's orders to arrest Bangla Bhai go unheeded," said Dr Kamal while speaking at the thana representative council of Jatiyo Oikyamancha in the city yesterday.

Dr Kamal, also president of Jatiyo Oikyamancha, said he is ready to help the government to implement the prime ministerial orders to arrest Bangla Bhai.

"Let us sit with the IGP (Inspector General of Police) to discuss the arrest of that notorious person (Bangla Bhai)," said the eminent jurist.

Dr Kamal also urged Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to identify the police officers who had failed to carry out her orders.

"If your orders are not taken seriously, then what will become of the commoners?" he asked.

Besides, the Oikyamancha president reiterated his allegation that the government is in clear breach of the constitution for killing people in the name of 'crossfire'.

"The constitution of the country clearly states that no person could be killed without trial, but the government does not follow that," he said adding that killing people without trial is tantamount to showing disrespect for the country's judicial system.

He blasted the government for what he said was using the police force for partisan purpose and said that the country's army too is being smeared. "The government is encouraging extra-judicial killings and army personnel are being used to that end in the form of Rab (Rapid Action Battalion)."

Dr Kamal demanded that reports of investigations into all the previous bomb and grenade blasts be made public. "If the government publishes those reports we would at least know that they are sincere," he added.

Gono Forum leaders Pankaj Bhattacharya, Mostafa Mohsin Mantu, advocate Jahirul Islam and Mafizul Islam Kamal were also present at the conference.

11/02/2005

03. Dr Kamal offers help to nab Bangla Bhai

Jatiya Oikka Mancha president Dr Kamal Hossain said yesterday that he was ready to provide all sorts of cooperation to nab ‘notorious’ Bangla Bhai if Prime Minister really wants to arrest him.

Addressing a meeting of the Mancha as chief guest he refuted the government charge that the opposition was not cooperating to arrest the bomb and grenade attackers.

He said that the culture of killing has been introduced in the country. Criticising the government Dr Kamal said the glorious image of the army was being tarnished as they were used to kill people in the name of crossfire.

He mentioned that the army has earned fame in the liberation war as well as in the international arena through working in UN peacekeeping mission.

Dr Kamal said that in a civilised society there was no scope to kill people without trial.

The BNP-led four-party alliance government has miserably failed to ensure security to the people which is a constitutional obligation. He also criticised the government for publishing the investigation report of killings in bomb and grenade attacks. A democratic government must publish such reports, he added.

He said that his party does not believe in the politics of vandalism while urging his party leaders and activists to launch democratic movement against the government.

Mostofa Mohasin Montu, former whip and steering committee member of JOM and joint secretary Harun-ur-Rashid, among others, spoke in the meeting organised by Jatiaya Oikka Mancha, Dhaka Mohanagar unit.

11/02/2005

04. BNP-Jamaat leaders expose characters after my father’s killing: Reza



The “willful negligence” of some BNP-Jamaat leaders or even their connivance in the death of “my father” is becoming increasingly obvious on after the completion of the FBI-led investigation, said Dr. Reza Kibria, the only son of former Finance Minister Shah AMS Kibria.

“It is fascinating that some important BNP-Jamaat leaders have chosen to expose their true characters in the aftermath of my father’s assassination,” he said addressing a Press conference at their Dhanmondi residence in the city on Thursday.

Reza said “avarice, ruthlessness and arrogance of these leaders” have brought the entire political system in the country into disrepute and the nation must remain vigilant against such people.

Referring to a comment by BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan that “the government had offered a helicopter, but this offer was rejected,” after the grenade attack in Habiganj, he asked: “To whom and when the offer was made? And who declined this offer?”

About Mannan Bhuiyan’s allegation that Awami League was responsible for the killing of Kibria, Reza said, “This is a very serious charge and we all would like to know the basis of such allegation.”

He said the recent statements by some senior BNP and Jamaat leaders at public meetings and to the press as well as certain actions of the government have given rise to some disturbing questions in the mind of many people at home and abroad.

Reza was critical of the role of the Speaker—the third most important personality in the country—and said he had made an “irreparable damage to the image of this ‘failed government’.”

He alleged that the government has “completed all arrangements for rigging in the next election by appointing their own people in the administration and the Election Commission.”

Speaking briefly at the Press conference, Asma Kibria, the widow of Shah AMS Kibria, again demanded punishment to the killers of her husband and wanted to know from the government about the progress of investigation in the case.

10/02/2005

05. Notorious Shibir cadre killed in ‘crossfire’

Feb 10: Nurul Islam, a notorious gangster and Shibir cadre was killed in ‘crossfire’ with police late last night.

Sources said, on a tip-off police arrested Nurul Islam from his father-in-law’s house at Sitakunda yesterday morning.

According to the statement of anther arrested Shibir cadre named Helal, police arrested Nurul Islam for his alleged involvement in the killing of UP Chairman Engineer Aminul Islam.

During interrogation Nurul Islam reportedly confessed to his involvement in the killing and that he possessed illegal firearms. He also reportedly disclosed to the police that a top Jamaat leader, who was the classmate of slain Aminul Islam, plotted the killing.

Later, according to his statement, police took him to Khagoria to recover the firearms. As the police team reached the spot a gang of miscreants attacked police to snatch Nurul Islam. The miscreants opened fire on the police. In retaliation, police also fired at the armed gang. Nurul Islam was killed in ‘crossfire’ between police and armed miscreants. Police fired 16 rounds of bullet during the gunfight.

Police sources said, Nurul Islam was an accused in 10 cases including three murder cases. The people of Satkania believe that divulgence of the name of the ring leader of Engineer Aminul Islam murder led to the killing of Nurul Islam in police custody.

Sources said, police arrested a total of four Shibir cadres for their alleged involvement in the killing of UP Chairman Engineer Aminul Islam.

The arrested persons have been identified as Nurul Islam, Shamsul Islam Hakimi, Helal and Afser Uddin, a UP member of Khagoria Union.

Arrested Helal confessed to his involvement in the killing of UP Chairman and wealthy leader Engineer Aminul Islam. He disclosed the names of 12 persons who were allegedly involved in the killing. According to the statement of Helal, police raided several spots at Khagoria under Satkania last night and arrested Shamsul Islam Hakimi and Afser Uddin.

The BNP-backed Union Parishad Chairman of Satkania Upazila, Engineer Aminul Islam was shot dead by armed assailants on February 4 last.

Aminul Islam, originally a Jamaat cadre, joined BNP on July 15 last year along with Ahmedul Huq Chowdhury, Chairman of Eochia UP, who was killed in ‘crossfire’ with RAB on September 10 last year.

09/02/2005

06. JIC to quiz Bangla Bhai operative
Our Correspondent, Bogra

The Jagarata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) operative, who had admitted his party's involvement with several bomb attacks across the country, was taken on a seven-day remand yesterday.

Gabtali police the same day sent Shafiqullah to the Joint Interrogation Cell (JIC) in the capital.

Shafiqullah had been quizzed twice by the JIC. He was arrested with explosives and bomb making materials at another JMJB cadre Joynal's house on January 16.

He stands accused in two cases filed in connection with bomb attacks on jatra (folk play) shows in two villages of Bogra. The blasts killed two and injured at least 70.

Yesterday's remand was granted under Explosives Substance Act.

Meanwhile, a top official of the district police told The Daily Star that the local police do not have enough manpower and expertise to investigate the case properly. Criminal Investigation Department (CID) should deal with the case, he added.

09/02/2005

07. Muslim Janata man on fresh remand

The suspected bomb squad member of the Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh, Shafiqullah, was placed on a fresh seven-day remand on Tuesday.

The Gabtali police in Bogra took him to the joint interrogation cell in Dhaka. He was earlier sent to the cell twice on police remand.

Local sources said the police arrested him in the house of a Jagrata Muslim activist, Joynal, at village Chalksadu at Gabtali on the night of January 16 in possession of picric acid, electric circuits, switches and bomb-making materials.

He was later shown arrested in connection with the bomb attack on a theatre stage at village Lakshmikala at Shahjahanpur on the night of January 14.

A van-puller, Shafiqul Islam, was killed and about 40 villages were injured in the attack.

The police also arrested Monowara, wife of Joynal, but Joynal was yet to be arrested till Tuesday afternoon.

09/02/2005

08. Bangla Bhai's men circulate leaflets


Four Bangla Bhai's men, traveling together on Monday morning, circulated over one thousand leaflets to the public throughout Durgapur border village under Aditmari upazila.

The leaflet states that Bangla Bhai wants to establish Muslim law, insisting that development in the country will not be possible without it. The leaflet goes on to describe Bangla Bhai as a great Muslim leader who, while fighting along with his colleagues against outlaws and the enemies of Islam, works to help the poor.

The Bangla Bhai men, after taking shelter at the Satkani mosque of Durgapur, circulated the leaflets at eight mosques within two hours at Durgapur, Daikhowa, Singimari, Chandropur and other frontier villages in the district of Lalmonirhat.

09/02/2005

09. Satkania Murder -Two Jamaat leaders sent to jail


Two persons held in connection with Friday's union parishad chairman murder in Satkania were sent to jail yesterday.

A Chittagong court ordered to send Shamsul Islam Hakimi and Afser Uddin to jail when police produced them before it yesterday.

Shamsul is the Ameer of Khagaria union unit Jamaat-e-Islami while Afser is a local union parishad member. With the two, so far three Jamaat men had been sent to jail for suspected links with the killing of Khagaria union chairman Engineer Aminul Islam.

Police yesterday did not petition to take the two on remand as Helal, the other accused, made a confessional statement under section 164 on Monday.

Referring to Helal's confessions, the Officer-in-Charge of Satkania Police Station Moyeen Uddin said they could now be able to identify the killers as well as unearth the motive for the killing.

Meanwhile, police were carrying out a manhunt for the rest of the killing-squad that allegedly killed Amirul, said Moyeen Uddin, also the investigating officer (IO) of the case.

UP Chairman Engineer Aminul Islam was shot dead at Amirkhil of Khagaria on Friday night.