Friday, February 11, 2005

BANGLADESH: Maoist Insurgency Report 07-11FEB [8 NEWS CLIPPINGS]


01. Top Janajudhdha leader held
02. Three killed in ‘crossfire’
03. 3 more killed in 'crossfire'
04. Sarbahara leader arrested by RAB in Barisal
05. Three killed in ‘crossfire’
06. 3 outlaw leaders killed in 'crossfire' - Total number of deaths rise to 221
07. 3 suspected extremists killed in `crossfire’
08. 3 outlaws killed in 'crossfire'



01. Top Janajudhdha leader held

The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) last night arrested the 'second-in-command' of Janajuddha (M-L) along with two of his accomplices at a club in city's Gulshan area.

An intelligence source said that a contingent of Rab raided the club at house no 12 on road no 11 in Gulshan and caught Shamim alias Muhit Malitha, also a relative of Janajuddha chief Tapan Malitha, at around 8pm.

Shortly after the arrest, a Rab team started for Kushtia to arrest more accomplices of Malitha and to recover illegal firearms, a Rab source seeking anonymity said.

" Shamim and other arrestees are accompanying the Rab team," source added.

The other arrestees were identified as Taher and Majibar.

"He (Shamim) is a dreaded criminal of the crime-prone south-western belt and stands accused in over a dozen of cases including killing," the source added.

When contacted, Colonel Chowdhury Fazlul Bari, Additional Director of Rab admitted the arrest of Shamim.


02. Three killed in ‘crossfire’

Three suspected criminals, including a member of an underground party, were killed in ‘shootout’ between their associates and the police in Dhaka, Jhenaidah and Rajbari early Wednesday.

In Dhaka, Abdul Kader Mithu alias Kala Mithu, 28, arrested from a village under Sonagazi upazila in Feni district on February 1, was killed in crossfire between the Badda police and his associates at Nikunja at about 3:30am Wednesday.

Mithu was taken on a three-day remand Saturday and during interrogation, he stated to the police about huge firearms and ammunition dumped at Nikunja residential area.

Based on his statement, the police took him to Nikunja-1 but his associates opened fire on the police team as it reached Nikunja area at around 3:30am.

It prompted the police to return fire. Mithu was caught in crossfire and died on the spot.

The police recovered one LG, two bullets and 16 cartridges from the spot.

Belal Ahmed, maternal uncle of the victim, told New Age at morgue premises, ‘We do not know anything about his criminal activities and he returned from Saudi Arabia on June 20, 2002 and the police arrested Mithu when he went to see his sick grandmother at Sonagazi.’

Arafat, youngest brother of the deceased, alleged that he went to the Badda police station to see Mithu and give him food as he was sick but the police did not allow him.

‘The police took him on a three-day remand and was supposed to send him to court on Wednesday but they killed my brother with the provocation of local ruling party leaders,’ he claimed.

Rejaul Karim, duty officer of Badda police station told the New Age that Mithu was wanted in three cases, including killing, robbery and mugging.

In Jhenidah, Shahjahan Mondal, a suspected member of underground Purba Banglar Communist Party, was killed in a shootout between the police and his associates at Naodagram village in Kotchandpur Upazila of the district early Wednesday.

The police claimed that acting on a tip-off they raided Borokheter Math at about 5:00am to arrest some outlaws who assembled there to attack Laxmipur police camp.

But sensing their presence, the criminals opened fire on the policemen forcing them to fire back.

Shajahan sustained bullet injuries in the encounter and was declared dead when the police took him to the upazila health complex.

Shajahan was accused in half a dozen criminal cases including murder, claimed the police.

The United News of Bangladesh reports from Rajbari: Azad, 35, an alleged robber, was killed and three cops were injured in a gunfight between the police and robbers in Pangsha upazila on Wednesday.

The police claimed that they chased a bus, carrying Azad and his associates, at about 9:00am.

Finding police behind them, the bandits got down the bus at Pangsha College crossing and started firing, forcing the police to return it.

Azad and three law enforcers were injured in the shootout.

Azad was first admitted to the upazila health complex in a critical condition and then shifted to the Sadar hospital where the on-duty doctors declared him dead.

The injured sub-inspector, Moniruzzaman, constable Abdus Salam and Ansars member Rakib Hossain were undergoing treatment at the upazila health complex.

The police arrested two people, Thandu, 30, and Azim, 32, and recovered two shutter-guns, four bullets and two cartridges from the scene.

The police superintendent of the district, M Matiur Rahman Sheikh, said that Azad and his associates, also members of the extremist group Tikka Bahini, were wanted in a number of criminal cases.


03. 3 more killed in 'crossfire'

A youth with a long criminal record and two outlawed leaders were killed, while six others, including four law enforcers, were injured in 'crossfire' incidents in the capital, Jhenidah, and Rajbari yesterday.

With the three latest victims, the number of people killed in 'crossfire' by Rab and police now stands at 224.

Police said crossfire victim Abdul Kader (Mithu), who died at Nikunja in Badda early yesterday, was accused in five cases including three for murder.

When a team of police took the 28-year-old to Nikunja-1 at 3:25am, after he admitted to them his associates had assembled with weapons in the area, Mithu's accomplices opened fire, prompting the law enforcers to counter with gunshots. "Amid the firefight, Mithu tried to escape and received bullet wounds to the head and right hand," said Sub-Inspector Rezaul Karim of Badda Police Station. Mithu, a resident of Ka-95/2 Uttar Namapara in Khilkhet, died on the spot.

Police retrieved from the spot one Light Gun (LG), nine bullets from a rifle and a revolver, 14 spent bullets and a machete.

Mithu, who recently returned home after spending two years in Saudi Arabia, was arrested by the Sonagazi police on February 1 when he went to his village home to see his ailing grandmother. He was later brought to Badda Police Station, family members said.

In Jhenidah, our correspondent in Kushtia reports, a regional leader of the outlawed Janajuddho faction of the Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-ML) was killed in an encounter with police at Lakhmipur village in Kotchadpur upazila yesterday.

The deceased, identified as Sajahan Ali, was an accused in five cases including three for murder.

Two police contingents of the Kotchadpur and Harinakundu police stations, after being tipped off that outfit cadres were preparing to attack the Lakhmipur police outpost, started to Lakhmipur village at approximately 4:00am, according to police.

As they reached Baramath, PBCP cadres opened fire on them, prompting an exchange of gunfire, police said.

When the outlawed operatives finally fled the battlefield, sensing their defeat, police found the bullet-ridden body of Sajahan, police said.

Police rushed him to the Jhenidah Sadar Hospital, where doctors declared him dead at approximately 6:00am.

Police recovered one rifle and four bullets from the spot.

In Rajbari, BSS reports, one outlawed leader was killed and six others, including four policemen, were injured during an encounter in Pangsha upazila yesterday.

Police said the deceased, Abul Kalam Azad, 32, son of Mostak Mia, was the so-called second in command of the infamous 'Tikka Bahini'.

The encounter occurred when a team of police, accompanied by members of ansar, went to the local pourashaba intersection to search a Dhaka-bound bus, in which members of the 'Tikka Bahini' were hiding among passengers.

Sensing the presence of the police, the outlaws opened fired, prompting the police to respond in kind.

During the gunfight, Azad was shot and killed on the spot, while his accomplices, Thandu, 30, and Aziz, 30, were seriously injured.

The injured policemen are Muniruzzaman Munir (ASI), Hemayet (constable), Abdus Salam (constable), and Ansar member Rakib.

Police later recovered from the spot eight bullet rounds, two mortar guns, and two empty cartridges.


04. Sarbahara leader arrested by RAB in Barisal

Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in separate operations arrested a Sarbahara leader, a drug lord and recovered arm and ammunition from their possession in Barisal district yesterday.

RAB and Police sources said RAB arrested Razzak Sikder, 45, a notorious leader of the outlawed Sarbahara party (Kamrul group) from the house of Dulal Sikder, and another Sarbahara cadre from Brahmmandia village of Agorpur union under in Sabahara-infested Babuganj Upazila of Barisal district in early hours on Wednesday.

A firearm with two rounds of ammunition was recovered from the possession of the detainees. After primary interrogation and lodging a case, RAB handed over the detainees to Babuganj police station Wednesday morning.

Police said Razzak is a top terror in the area and wanted in various cases including murder, extortion, and toll collection.

In another operation RAB arrested Md. Azim alias Fensi-Azim, 40, an infamous drug lord from the Bogura Road area of the city early Wednesday.

He was handed over to Barisal Kotwali police station after primary interrogation and sent to jail under section 54 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

Azim in presence of police threatened the working photojournalists while they tried to take his picture in the Barisal court compound.


05. Three killed in ‘crossfire’

Three suspected members of underground Purba Banglar Communist Party were killed in shootout between their associates and the police in Bagmara upazila early Tuesday.

The police said the victims — Abdur Razzak, 26, of Santipara, and Idris Ali, 28, and Abdur Rashid, 25, of Birkutsha of the upazila — were wanted in a number of murder and other criminal cases with the Naldanga, Bagmara and the Puthia police.

They said Razzak, Idris and Rashid, arrested Monday afternoon while holding a party meeting, had been taken to Jugipara Jalpaibagan to recover arms as per their statement where their associates fired shots on the police prompting them to retaliate.

‘They received bullet wounds during the encounter and died on the spot,’ the police said and added they had recovered a revolver, a LG and two rounds of bullet from there.

The family members of the victims and the Bagmara people said Razzak had been arrested from Katila bazaar and Rashid and Idris from Ibrahim Nagar.

They were taken to Bhaginadi police camp and found dead on the Balaipara road, they said.

The bodies were handed over to the family members Tuesday evening after post-mortem examination at the Rajshahi Medical College Hospital morgue.


06. 3 outlaw leaders killed in 'crossfire' - Total number of deaths rise to 221

Three leaders of Purbo Banglar Communist Party (M-L Lal Pataka) were killed in 'crossfire' between police and the outlawed party cadres at Jugipara union of Bagmara early yesterday.

Of the dead, Rajshahi Regional PBCP Commander Abdur Razzak alias LG killer Razzak, 43, hailed from Santipur, District Commander Abdur Rashid Khan alias Chapati Rashid, 25, from Baroihati, and Idrish Ali alias Pistol Idrish, 44, from Beerkutsa of Bagmara.

With these three, the number of deaths in shootouts involving Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and police since June last year rose to 221.

Detective Branch of police on Monday afternoon arrested them at Ektara Bazar in Bagmara. Following information obtained from the arrestees, a team led by assistant superintendent of police (Puthia circle) took them to Boalipara olive orchard.

As police reached the olive orchard at around 4:00am, accomplices of the three opened fire on them. Police returned fire starting a half-an-hour-long shootout. At one stage, the three while trying to flee the scene got shot.

Police took them to Bagmara Health Complex, where the doctors declared them dead.

Police recovered an Indian pistol, one local gun, two bullets and two cartridges from the scene of the shooting.

They could not show any criminal records against them, but said the three while under interrogation had confessed to hatching a plan to kill politicians, businessmen and people 'responsible for eliminating the outlaws from Bagmara'.

Sub Inspector Omar Faruk of Bagmara Police Station had filed a murder case in this connection against 22 unknown people.

Meanwhile, family members of the dead claimed that the three were not involved with PBCP and police killed them cold-bloodedly.

Talking to the local journalists, they also said that the three were not arrested at Ektara Bazar, rather in different areas of Atrai upazila in Naogaon. Abdur Razzak was arrested at Batila Bazar while Idrish at Katila Bazar, and Abdur Rashid at Ibrahimnagar.

They were later taken to Boalipara olive orchard and shot dead, alleged the family members.

Locals told the journalists that they heard only three gunshots.

In April last year, Abdur Rashid was kidnapped and tortured by Bangla Bhai's men. He was arrested in December last year but was released later.


07. 3 suspected extremists killed in `crossfire’

Three suspected activists of an underground party were killed in separate shootouts between the police and criminals in Pabna early Sunday.

The deceased — Abdus Salam, 45, of Lakshipur village under Ataikola upazila, Nazrul Islam, 35, of Hadal village under Faridpur upazila, and Naser alias Nasu, 31, of Jagannathpur village under Chatmahor upazila — were members of the Purba Banglar Communist Party (ML- Lalpataka), the police claimed.

The police superintendent of Pabna, M Khurshid Hossain, told New Age that the Faridpur police had gone to Kalikapur under Hadal union on Saturday night following a gunfight between the extremists and opened fire on them.

At one stage, Nazrul and Naser sustained bullet injuries after being caught in crossfire as they were trying to flee during the fight that continued for about one and a half hours, the police said.

The injured were admitted to Pabna General Hospital where the doctors declared them dead. They were accused in a number of cases, including murders.

The police also seized three pipe guns, seven rounds of bullet, and some weapons from the spot.

In another incident, an alleged member of the extremist party, Abdus Salam, was killed in a shootout between the police and his accomplices at Lakshipur under Ataikola upazila.

The police arrested Salam, accused in a number of cases, including those of six murders, from his house on Saturday evening and took him to the Khaijuri graveyard at about 1:00am to recover arms and ammunition possessed by his associates.

As soon as the police reached near the spot, his accomplices opened fire on them and tried to snatch their crime boss.

The police returned the fire resulting in a gunfight that continued for about half an hour. At one stage, Salam sustained bullet injuries while he was trying to get away. He was taken to Pabna General Hospital where the doctors declared him dead.

The police recovered a shutter gun and some rounds of bullet from the spot.


08. 3 outlaws killed in 'crossfire'

Three outlaws were killed in two separate encounters with police at Ataikula and Faridpur in Pabna district early yesterday

At least five police, including an officer-in-charge, were also injured in the 'shootings' between the law enforcers and the members of outlawed Sarbahara party, police said.

The dead included Abdus Samad, a regional leader of Sarbahara party, and Nasir Uddin and Nazrul Islam, top cadres of the outfit.


Police said Samad died at about 2:45am at Koijuri village in Ataikula upazila when he received bullets during the shooting between the law enforcers and the outlaws, who started opening fire on police to rescue their leader.

Samad, who was arrested at Laxmipur village on Saturday evening, was taken to Koijuri to seize hidden firearms following his statement.

During the interrogation Samad admitted his involvement with the underground party, police said.

Police recovered one gun with four bullets and three sharp weapons from the spot

According to police, Samad, son of Jabed Ali, was an accused in six criminal cases.


Nasir Uddin and Nazrul Islam died on the spot at about 4am at Kalikapur in Faridpur upazila following an encounter between a police team, led by Officer-in-charge Projit Kumar, and the Sarbahara men. The OC was also injured in the incident.

Police raided the village following an information that a group of Sarbahara men were taking preparation to attack another outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-Janajuddho).

As police chased the Sarbahara men, the outlaws opened fire on police, triggering a two-hour shooting. At least 40 shots were exchanged during the gunfight. Police retrieved three pipe guns and seven bullets from the spot.

Police said Nasir was an accused in six cases while Nazrul in four cases.