Friday, February 18, 2005

BANGLADESH:Bombs, again

+ From the Rajshahi and Sirajganj reports it seems the only clue the investigative authorities have is the eye-witness account that some miscreants wearing hoods over their faces came on a motorbike and lobbed bombs and made good their escape. The question that now haunts every mind is: What about police checking motorcycle riders carrying large bags? When the spate of bombing is going on unabated in the country should not police have been more vigilant and proactive to prevent such crimes. The hoods over the faces clearly indicate involvement of local men known to the police and residents. +

Bombs, again

What about police checking motorcyclists carrying large bags?

With the blood of recent bomb victims still staining the pavements, new victims from two more bomb attacks are fighting for life at various hospitals. This time officials of BRAC received serious injuries when miscreants hurled three powerful bombs at its Ganeshpur branch office in Porsha upazila of Rajshahi district and another one blasted through the Nabogram branch of Grameen Bank in Ullapara upazila of Sirajganj district on Wednesday night. Law enforcers also recovered at the same time three powerful unexploded bombs inside Darshana area office of BRAC in Rangpur. The explosive experts of the army are learnt to have confirmed that those were electronic bombs with 12-volt battery attached to them. The bombs, believed to be made in Taiwan, could explode from a little touch. According to the experts, had those bombs gone off, the blast would have brought down the entire building.

From the Rajshahi and Sirajganj reports it seems the only clue the investigative authorities have is the eye-witness account that some miscreants wearing hoods over their faces came on a motorbike and lobbed bombs and made good their escape. The question that now haunts every mind is: What about police checking motorcycle riders carrying large bags? When the spate of bombing is going on unabated in the country should not police have been more vigilant and proactive to prevent such crimes. The hoods over the faces clearly indicate involvement of local men known to the police and residents.

Since independence, Bangladesh has progressed substantially despite having been a backward, agrarian society with a burgeoning population. The progress came only through adoption of science and technology and some innovative socio-economic development policies, some of which are considered to be unique and pioneering by development pundits all over the world. This poor but developing country had to face many economic hardships, political turmoil and natural and health disasters in the last three decades, and yet the resilience of the people made every adversity look small. There are many success stories in Bangladesh that should make us proud. The literacy rate is going up gradually and more and more women are contributing to the national economy through undertaking income-generating activities. New windows of opportunities are opening up to turn this country into an economic development model in South Asia. Now, can Bangladesh stay on the progress track if all developmental activities are forced to come to a halt as a result of the repeated bomb attacks on the icons of progress? Such heinous acts will not only kill fellow humans but will definitely scare away the much-needed foreign investment in the country.

Investigation

We feel no one has the right to take violent course to attain individual or political party agenda and thereby tarnish the image of the country. We strongly recommend joint investigation by a combined team consisting of members from all the existing police, civil and military intelligence agencies, with help from foreign experts, to get to the bottom of all the bomb attacks that have taken place on the soil of Bangladesh. This should be done without further loss of time.