Saturday, February 05, 2005

BANGLADESH:Maoist Insurgency Report 01-05FEB [11 NEWS CLIPPINGS]


01. Sabotage Threats by Outlaws
02. Suspected PBCP leader killed in ‘crossfire’ in Pabna
03. Top outlaw killed in 'crossfire'
04. Outlaw killed in 'crossfire'
05. Outlaw held for threat to journos
06. 3 outlaws killed in 'crossfire' - One slaughtered by rivals
07. 2 outlaws die in 'crossfire'
08. Outlaws threaten to kill 8 Satkhira journos, OC
09. 58 killed by law enforcing agencies in Jan - Political violence claims 41
10. Suspected extremist killed
11. Two suspected PBCP leaders killed in crossfire


01. Sabotage Threats by Outlaws
Security blanket around 10 dists of Khulna divn
Star Report

Police threw a security blanket around the key installations in ten districts of Khulna division in the wake of 'threats' of sabotage by outlaws.

The threats came from a secret meeting of several outlawed outfits in Jhenidah, the birth place of Janajuddho leader Abdur Rashid Malitha Tapan, on Wednesday where

they vowed to avenge the deaths of their partymen in 'crossfire', police sources said.

A top leader of an outlawed outfit in Jhenidah speaking anonymously yesterday confirmed holding of the meeting but declined to reveal decisions of the meeting.

According to sources, some suicide squads and bomb squads have been formed to carry out attacks on the installations. The bomb squad members are tasked with carrying bombs to other operatives who are to blast those at different installations.

After Wednesday's meeting of the outfits, top police officials held emergency meetings where they decided to put police on high alert and intensify security measures at TV and radio stations, power supply stations, bus stands, educational institutions and all other key installations in the districts.

Additional Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police (Khulna range) Sohrab Hossain visited the establishments in Jhenidah Thursday. He directed the law enforcers to remain on high alert against any unwanted situation.

Our Kushtia correspondent reported that the DIG ordered round-the-clock monitoring of security measures and combing operations to track down the extremists.

Apart from alerting five police stations and 22 outposts of Jhenidah, police in Khulna, Jessore, Magura, Kushtia, Chuadanga, Meherpur, Satkhira, Bagerhat and Narail were also asked to increase the number of forces to intensify security at important installations.

The police alert also followed last week's threats to seven journalists of Satkhira. Janajuddho, a faction of Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP), issued the threats

for writing against them and for 'not writing against the killings of their operatives in crossfire'.

After Wednesday's meeting, police picked up a woman the same day from Jhenidah town on suspicion of her being a member of suicide squad. But the woman, who was ill during her arrest, claimed innocence and was released later.

It is learnt that the outlaws have prepared a hit-list of 'class enemies' who include two journalists from Khulna town.

Earlier on December 22 last year, the seven outlawed parties held another secret meeting on Jhenidah Bscic estate premises. They formed 'several killing squads' for operations in ten southwestern districts and six northern districts, according to sources.

The parties are PBCP, Janajuddho and Red Flag factions of the PBCP, Gono Mukti Fouj (GMF), Biplobi Anuragi, Bangladesh Socialist Party (BSP) and Jashad Gono Bahini (JGB).

The meeting was held on the heels of the death of Mofakkhar Hossain Choudhury, founder of the PBCP.

Speakers at the meeting claimed 80 outlaws were killed by the law enforcers in the name of crossfire.

GMF chief Sabuz in a press release later blamed the BNP-Jamaat-led government for the 'killings'.

The leaders at the meeting said 'killings' in the so-called crossfire are a violation of human rights and they would take revenge, the press release said.

Our Khulna correspondent adds: Additional forces have been deployed at TV and radio station, power supply stations and all other key installations of the city.

All police stations, outposts and camps in Khulna division were put on high alert since Tuesday.

Police were raiding different hideouts of the underground operatives in Khulna to arrest them.


02. Suspected PBCP leader killed in ‘crossfire’ in Pabna

Manik alias Kashai Manik, regional leader of the underground Purba Banglar Communist Party ML (Janajuddha), was killed in a ‘crossfire’ with the police at Raghunatpur village in Santhia upazila at about 12:30am today.

The police arrested Manik who was accused in a number of cases including two murders from Chinakhara village in Sujanagar upazila of the district Thursday evening and took him to Raghunatpur village at about 12:30am to recover arms and ammunition possessed by his associates.

As soon as the police reached near the spot, his accomplices opened fire and tried to snatch him away.

The police also returned fire resulting in a gunfight that continued for about an hour. At least 150 rounds of bullets were traded in the shoot out.

At one point, Manik got shot while he was trying to get away, the police said.

He was rushed to Pabna General Hospital where the attending doctors declared him dead.

The police recovered a revolver, a shutter gun, some sharp weapons and some ammunition from the spot


03. Top outlaw killed in 'crossfire'

A regional leader of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-red flag) was killed in 'crossfire' with police and his accomplices at Raghunathpur village in Santhia upazila of Pabna early yesterday.

Three policemen and an ansar were injured in the shootout.

Police said they arrested Alimur Rahman Manik alias 'Koshai' Manik, a regional leader of the underground outfit, at Chalchilapara village in Sujanagar upazila Thursday evening.

On his statement, two contingents of police from Sujanagar and Santhia police stations started for Chalchilapara taking Manik with them to retrieve firearms. When they reached the village at about 4:00am, the PBCP cadres fired on them. Police returned fire, resulting in a half-an hour gunfight.

Police said Manik was caught in the shootout while his accomplices managed to flee. They (police) sent the outlaw to Pabna Sadar Hospital where doctors declared him dead.

Police recovered one revolver, one shutter gun and four bullets from the spot.

They said Manik was an accused in six criminal cases, including two for murder, filed with Sujanagar and Santhia police stations.


04. Outlaw killed in 'crossfire'

A top cadre of the outlawed Gono Mukti Fouz (GMF) was killed in 'crossfire' between police and members of the extremist outfit in Sailkupa upazila in Jhenidah yesterday.

Tipul Biswas, 30, died on the spot during the 'shootout', bringing 21 the number of deaths in such incidents in Jhenidah since November last year.

Acting on a tip off, police raided Padamdi-Sreerampur village at around 3:00am where several GMF cadres were holding a secret meeting.

Surrounded by police, the GMF cadres opened fire on the law-enforcers. Police said they fired back and Tipul fell in the line of fire. Others escaped after the gunfight that lasted about half an hour, they added.

Assistant Sub-Inspector Nasir and constables Firoz and Sattar were wounded, claimed police, who seized two pipe-guns and six bullets from the spot.

Tipul, son of Manowar Hossain of Padamdi-Sreerampur village, was accused of eight criminal charges including four murders and two abductions, police said.


05. Outlaw held for threat to journos

An alleged activist of outlawed Purba Banglar Communisty Party's (PBCP) ML-Janajuddha faction was arrested yesterday from his house for threatening with death eight journalists and a police official.

The arrestee, Alamgir Hossain Monju of village Dadpur in Tala upazila, is a PBCP activist, police said.

The outlaw gave the threat to journalists of Satkhira and the officer-in-charge of Tala Police Station in a letter on Tuesday. A police team was quizzing him till last night.

Meanwhile, the district administration has taken security measures for local journalists. Police have been deployed at the reporters' club and offices of local dailies.

Superintendent of Police Abdur Rahim said, "We will hunt down the outlaws involved in threatening journalists."


06. 3 outlaws killed in 'crossfire' - One slaughtered by rivals

Three outlaws were killed in 'crossfire' during police actions in Kushtia and Pabna while another outlaw was slaughtered by his rivals in Pabna yesterday.

At least six policemen, two from Kushtia and four from Pabna, were injured in the 'shootouts' between the police and the outlaws, police said.

Saleh Uddin and Shariful Islam, cadres of Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP), were killed in Santhia of Pabna district while Abdul Malek, a top leader of New Biplobi Communist Party (NBCP) was killed at Kumarkhali in Kushtia.

Besides, Ansar Uddin Manik, another cadre of PBCP (Red Flag), was slaughtered by his rivals at village Dhalaura in Santhia upazila.

The police seized three firearms from the spots of Santhia and Kumarkhali shootouts.


Santhia police said they arrested Saleh and Shariful from Bilchalandi village in the upazila on Tuesday evening. During interrogation, they confessed to their involvement in the underground party -- PBCP-Red Flag.

Following their confessional statement, the police yesterday took the two to Bichalandi village to seize their firearms hidden there. When they reached the village at about 4:00am, the PBCP cadres opened fire on the policemen.

As the police made a counter attack on the criminals, a gunfight ensued between the law-enforcers and the outlaws. Saleh and Shariful tried to escape during the shootout and died when they were caught in crossfire, the police said.

Sub-Inspector Asif Uddin and three constables of Santhia Police Station were also injured in the half-and-hour gunfight, the police claimed.

The police retrieved two shutter-guns and five bullets from the spot.

Saleh was accused in 12 criminal cases while Shariful in four. They were charged with murder and other crimes in Santhia and Sujanagar, the police said.


Kumarkhali police said they raided village Lakshmipur in the upazila at about 3:00am yesterday when some 30 NBCP cadres were holding a secret meeting there.

As the police team surrounded the NBCP men, they opened fire on the law-enforcers who retaliated with gunshots resulting in a two-hour shootout. Abdul Malek, 46, a top leader of the extremist outfit, died on the spot, the police said.

At least 100 shots were exchanged during the gunfight. The police said the other outlaws managed to escape but at least 10 of them sustained injuries.

Officer-in-Charge of Kumarkhali Police Station Nasir Uddin and Sub-Inspector Manir Uddin were also wounded in the incident.

The police retrieved a rifle and four bullets from the spot.

According to the police, Malek was a close aide of NBCP leader Akdil Hossain and accused in 20 cases including 15 for murder. Akdil is also accused in 35 cases including 15 for murder and sentenced to life term in two cases.

The police believe Akdil was presiding over the secret meeting. They filed a case against Akdil and his 30 accomplices for attacking the policemen.


Santhia police recovered the slaughtered body of Ansar Uddin Manik, a PBCP-Red Flag cadre, from village Dhalaura in the upazila early yesterday. Manik was kidnapped by his rivals in the outlawed party and later killed, the police said.

The body was sent to Pabna Sadar Hospital for autopsy.


07. 2 outlaws die in 'crossfire'

Two leaders of underground outfits were killed in 'crossfire' between their accomplices and police in Jhenidah and Pabna early yesterday.

Our Magura correspondent reported that Abdul Karim alias 'Tiger Madhu', a regional leader of Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) Janajuddho faction, died in a shootout between his accomplices and police at Zianagar village under Jhenidah Sadar upazila at about 4:00am.

Acting on a tip-off, a police team from Jhenidah Sadar Police Station cordoned off a bush at the village where Karim was reportedly holding a secret meeting with his accomplices.

Sensing the presence of the police team, the outlaws fired on the law enforcers, forcing them to retaliate.

During the shootout, the PBCP leader was shot and died on the spot, while his accomplices fled the scene.

Police recovered the body from the bush. They also recovered a pipe gun and 12 bullets.

Police said Abdul Karim was wanted in 18 criminal cases including eight for murder.

In Pabna, a regional leader of Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) was killed in a shootout between his accomplices and police near Dolipur sluice gate in Chatmohor upazila, according to the UNB.

Police said they arrested Abdul Awal, 32, a regional leader of PBCP, at Dikshir beel (water body) in the upazila Sunday morning.


08. Outlaws threaten to kill 8 Satkhira journos, OC

Janajuddho faction of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-ML) yesterday threatened to kill eight journalists of Satkhira and officer-in-charge (OC) of Tala Police Station.

In letters to Satkhira Reporters' Club and Press Club, self-styled Khulna divisional secretary of the organisation Tushar said the newsmen will be executed very shortly, Ram Krishna Chakraborty, local correspondent of daily Jugantar who received death threat, told The Daily Star.

Blaming Ram Krishna Chakraborty for 'helping police' to nab their leader Kartik Chandra Rishi who was killed in a 'crossfire' with police on January 20, the letters said that he will be executed.

They held Tala OC Shah Mashiur Rahman responsible for Kartik's killing and threatened to kill him too in a short time.

Letters termed seven other journalists 'class enemies' and threatened to liquidate them.

They further asked local journalists not to 'misreport' their activities.

Those who received death threats are: Ram Krishna Chakraborty (Jugantar), Mizanur Rahman (Janakantha), Kalyan Banerjee (Prothom Alo), Anisur Rahim (editor, daily Satkhira Chitra), Abul Kalam Azad (executive editor, daily Patradut), Kazi Dulal (Gramer Kagoj), Subhas Chowdhury (Bhorer Kagoj), Abul Kalam (Ittefaq) and Tala OC Shah Mashuir Rahman.

Panic has gripped the local journalists after getting the death threats.

Satkhira district administration has taken measures for the security of panicked journalists and police have been deployed at Satkhira Reporters Club and Press Club, sources said.


09. 58 killed by law enforcing agencies in Jan - Political violence claims 41

As many as 58 people were killed by the law enforcing agencies last month, according to a report by Odhikar, a human rights organisation.

Of them, 55 fell victim to crossfire with Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), Chita, Cobra and police. The others died in thana and jail custody.

The Odhikar prepared the report on the basis of the reports published in 12 newspapers in January.

Also, 41 people were killed, 697 injured and 304 arrested in different incidents of human rights violations related to politics, said the report.

Former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria and four others were killed in a grenade attack in Habiganj in the last week of January.

Besides, two journalists received death threats, eight were injured and 11 others faced harassment. Cases were also filed against eight journalists and four others were attacked.

Unknown criminals also threatened all the journalists in Baufal, Patuakhali, with death on January 20.

Violence against women and children also continued unabated.

According to the report, 50 women and children were raped and 13 of them were killed. Also, five women and three children fell victim to acid attacks.

A total of 102 children faced different forms of violence in the country. Of them, 34 children were killed and 14 kidnapped and six fell victim to trafficking and four committed suicide.

In Chittagong Hill Tracts, four people were killed and four others injured in incidents of human rights violations, the report added.


10. Suspected extremist killed

A suspected underground party activist was killed in a shootout with the police at village Padamdi in Jhenaidah on Wednesday morning.

The deceased was identified as Tipul, 32, an activist of Sramajibi Mukti Andolon, a front of the underground Biplobi Communist Party. He was listed as a terrorist by the district special branch of police and wanted in a number of cases.

The police recovered two pipe guns and four rounds of cartridges.


11. Two suspected PBCP leaders killed in crossfire

Two suspected underground party leaders were killed in separate incidents of shootout with the police in Pabna and Jhenaidah early Monday.

In Pabna, Abdul Awal, a regional leader of the underground Purba Banglar Communist Party (Lalpataka), was killed in ‘crossfire’ at Alipur under Chatmohar upazila at about 2:15am.

The police arrested Awal, accused in a number of cases, including those of three murders, from Dikshir beel area at about 11:00am on Sunday and took him to Alipur Bridge area at about 2:15am on Monday to recover arms and ammunition possessed by his associates.

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

The police also returned the fire resulting in a gunfight that continued for about half an hour.

At one stage, Awal sustained bullet injuries as he was caught in the crossfire while trying to flee during the fight, the police said. He was sent to the hospital where the doctors declared him dead.

Both the police and extremists traded at least 200 rounds of bullet. The police also recovered a revolver, a pistol, two shutter guns, and two bombs from the spot.

In Jhenaidah, a regional leader of the underground party, Abdul Karim alias Tiger Madhu, wanted in some 18 cases, was killed in an encounter at Zianagar Trimohini under Sadar upazila.

The shootout took place at about 4:15am when the police reportedly raided a hideout of the extremists in the area.

The police recovered a pipe gun, two bullets, and 12 cartridges from the spot.