Vol. 5 Num 382 Fri. June 24, 2005  

Killing of 2 BNP Leaders
Janajuddho claims responsibility
Hartal observed in Chuadanga

The BNP enforced a half-day hartal in Chuadanga yesterday in protest of the killing of BNP leaders Noor Ali and Zillur Rahman.

Noor Ali, vice-president of Chuadanga district BNP, was shot dead by unknown assailants on Wednesday night while Zillur who was critically injured in the attack died in the early hours of yesterday.

Meanwhile, the Janajuddho, a faction of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP), claimed responsibility for the killings.

In the morning, thousands of leaders and activists of the ruling BNP brought out a protest rally in the town.

The BNP also demanded immediate removal of Chuadanga police superintendent (SP) and officer-in-charge (OC) of Sadar Police Station.

In a statement, district BNP Joint Secretary Sardar Ali Hossain criticised the police for their negligence of duty and demanded quick removal of SP Md Sarwar and OC Nazrul Islam Mollah.

Janajuddho, in a statement signed by its regional leader Dipok Roy and faxed to a local daily, claimed the responsibility for the murders, saying that they killed the ruling party leaders to avenge the killings of their party men in so-called 'crossfire' with the law enforcement agencies.

The outlawed party also threatened to kill more leaders in the southwestern region.

Police, however, could not arrest any cadre of the outlawed party.

In another incident, Janajuddho shot dead one of its rival party man at village Changamari in Gangni upazila in Meherpur on Wednesday night.

The dead was identified as Maniruzzaman alias Lalu, 38.

Police said the Janajuddho men stormed the house of Lalu at about 9.30pm and took him out of the house. Later, they shot him dead on a road.