Vol. 5 Num 563 Mon. December 26, 2005  
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Shibir man held with Laden CDs
JMB threatens to blow up RU music department

A Rab team from Rajshahi has arrested an Islami Chhatra Shibir activist in Pabna with video CDs containing al-Qaeda chief Osama-bin-Laden's speech and armed training.

Rafiqul Alam Ripon was held from the Shalgaria area in Pabna, and three jihadi books and three CDs from his house were seized, a Rab press release said yesterday.

The art of bomb manufacturing and explosions, and heroism of Kashmir warriors were detailed in the CDs.

Son of Lutfar Rahman, Ripon is a student of the Management department at Edward College and a well-known Shibir worker in his locality, locals said.

Meanwhile, the banned Islamist outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) Friday threatened to blow up the Music and Dramatic Department of Rajshahi University, reports our RU correspondent.

"We will blow up the department as well as teachers and students who are not maintaining Islamic laws," a hand-written letter, addressed to the department chairman Prof Matin Talukder, warned.

Found at his office, the letter asked the chairman to refrain from admission test in future, terming art and culture anti-Islamic.

Panic gripped students of the department soon after the letter was found, prompting the RU authorities to deploy a large contingent of police in front of the department.

Four JMB operatives including its Chittagong divisional chief Mohammad (Aman Ullah) remanded again yesterday, this time for 10 days, our staff correspondent from Chittagong adds.

On completion of a 10-day remand in Dhaka, Aman along with other JMB men-- Naimuzzaman (Zafar/Sohag), Rafiqul Islam (Javed/Roman) and Manirul Islam-- was produced before the Court of Metropolitan Magistrate in Chittagong with a fresh remand prayer in a case for possessing explosives.

The JMB operatives were then taken to Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), Chittagong headquarters at Patenga for interrogation, sources said.