Vol. 5 Num 418 Sat. July 30, 2005  

Revenge, Sabotage Threats by PBCP-ML
All police stations in 4 SW dists on alert

All police stations and outposts in 4 southwestern (SW) district of Kushtia, Chuadanga, Meherpur and Jhenidah have been alerted following 'threats' of sabotage given by the cadres of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-ML) party on Thursday.

The cadres also vowed to take revenge of killing of 80 leaders and activists including their founder president Mufakkarul in 'crossfires. '

Khulna range of police was alerted. Additional forces were deployed at different key installations. They started raids at different hideouts of underground operatives in the areas. Policemen were asked to monitor the security measures and combing operations round-the-clock.

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a top leader of PBCP-ML, Sakhawat Hossain from Firoja Manjil of Adarshapara in Jhenidah town. He is believed to be guiding his party cadres to create anarchy in the areas. Rab also recovered a rifle, two pistols, a foreign made revolver, one short-gun, four hand bombs and 54 bullets from his possession.

The threats were given at a meeting held on the occasion of Charu Majumdar's 32nd death anniversary in Chuadanga town.

PBCP posters also flooded different areas in the districts.

High officials of the law enforcement authorities told this correspondent they have confirmed holding of such meeting from different unanimous sources. The outlawed party held the meeting in between 8:pm to 11:pm when there was no electricity in the town for three hours. Sources said the cadres disconnected electricity line to hold the meeting. The posters were also pasted on the wall at that time, sources said.

A top leader of another outlawed party, on condition of not to be named, confirmed here about holding of the meeting.

Sources said, 152 outlawed party cadres of different parties were killed in 'crossfire' with police, Rab and Kobra in four districts since June last year. Several drives like Operation Clean heart, Operation Spider Web were launched but all the drives ended in failure.

At least 10,000 cadres of outlawed parties are active in southwestern districts for the last 30 years.