Vol. 5 Num 546 Fri. December 09, 2005  

Netrakona bomb attacks condemned

Different political, socio-cultural and human rights organisations have condemned the yesterday's deadly bomb blasts in Netrokona leaving at least seven people dead and injuring 46 others.

The suicide squad of banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) carried out the brutal attacks in front of the district office of Udichi (a leading cultural body).

Leaders and workers of the organisations also brought out processions just after the spread of the news of the blasts.

Bangladesh Udichi Shilpi Gosthi organised a rally at the city's Muktangan to protest the attack in which Khwaja Haidar Hossain, assistant general secretary of district udichi, was killed.

Udichi also announced a two-day programmes including rallies, processions, token hunger strikes, and black flag hoisting across the country

Workers' Party President Rashed Khan Menon and General Secretary Bimal Biswas, in a statement, said no government initiative would be effective unless Jamaat is removed from the alliance-government.

The militants this time proved their strength by carrying out suicidal attacks in the hometown of the home minister, the statement added.

Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal President Hasanul Haque Inu and General Secretary Syed Jafar Sajjad said the militants are now desperate to carry out the brutal bomb attacks across the country as the government has resorted to a double standard policy to prevent the militancy.

The general people should now build up mass-resistance against the militants' activities without depending on the government and administration.

Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) President Manzurul Ahsan Khan and General Secretary Mujahidul Islam Selim said the nation will have to rise once again like 1971 to prevent the militants and communal forces.

The CPB also organised a rally and brought out a procession protesting the blasts.

At the rally, CPB leaders said the brutal bombings will not stop unless anti-liberation elements involved in militancy are removed from the cabinet and administration.

Left-leaning Five-Party in a statement said the latest bomb blasts substantiate the popular claim that the government is involved with the attackers.

Joint Secretary General of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) Firoj M Hasan urged the government to remove those involved in militants' activities to prove its willingness to stop the bomb attacks.

Leaders of Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal at a protest rally yesterday demanded resignation of the home minister for his failure to stop the bomb attacks.

The other organisations that condemned the bomb blasts and demanded exemplary punishment to the culprits included Bangladesh Awami Swechchasebok League, Dhaka City Awami League, Bangladesh Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal, Progotishil Chhatra Jote, Bangladesh Mahila Parishad, Sylhet Division Development Action Council, Bangladesh Chhatra Union, Bam Ganotantrik Front, Bangladesh Chhatra Federation, Jatiya Party (Ershad), Jatiya Party (Manju), Sammilita Sangskritik Jote, Doctors for Health and Environment, and Bangladesh Abbritti Samanya Parishad.

Our RU Correspondent adds: Local units of Udichi and political leaders yesterday took out a joint procession and held a rally at Gonockpara Crossing to protest the suicide bomb attacks in Netrokona.

The speakers condemned the attacks in front of Udichi office and demanded immediate arrest and exemplary punishment to the militants.

They also demanded resignation of the government alleging that the attackers are operating under the shelter of a partner in the ruling alliance.

They threatened to go for tougher agitation if the government fails to ensure security of cultural activists, judges and lawyers.

Presided over by Rajshahi City Udichi President Prof Alamgir Malek, the rally was addressed by local Peshajibi Parishad President Dr Shafiqul Alam, CPB City President Abul Kalam Azad, Workers' Party leader Advocate Entajul Haque Babu, RU Udichi acting president Zahid Hossain and Journalist Jahangir Alam Akkas.

Protest against Netrakona blasts
Clockwise from top left: City Awami League, Communist Party of Bangladesh, Udichi and Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal stage demonstrations in the city yesterday protesting bomb attacks in Netrakona.. PHOTO: STAR