destroying rally bombing evidence, claims AL
The main opposition party Awami League (AL) accused the government
of destroying vital evidence of the dreadful grenade attacks
on its rally to bungle investigation. Rejecting the government
probe, frontline AL leaders, at a press conference on September
5, demanded the resignation of this government. Al General
Secretary Abdul Jalil observed that neutral investigation
would be impossible with the coalition in power, as they are
involved in the crime. Referring to previous bomb explosions
and huge arms seizures, Jalil said that government is trying
to pass the present investigation process involving Interpol
and the FBI as international investigation. He also alleged
that the government halted every probe into the crimes finding
the ruling alliance activists and fundamentalists in them.
face of Al's demand for an independent international inquiry,
the government so far remained silent. However, on August
3o, in a huge public rally many Bangladesh Nationalist Party
leaders accused the AL of having a hand in the grenade attack.
In the AL press conference, the leaders reiterated their demand
for a fresh probe into the August 21 crime under United Nations
or the Commonwealth supervision.
policemen hanged for raping Yasmin
In the first death sentence of two policemen in the history
of Bangladesh, Assistant Sub-Inspectors Moinul Haq and Abdus
Sattar, convicted of raping and killing 13-year-old Yasmeen
in 1995, walked the gallows on September 1. The third accused,
Constable Amrita Lal Barman, was not executed, as a presidential
decision on the mercy petition filed by his father is still
pending. On August 24, 1995, the three policemen picked up
Yasmeen, a domestic worker, who was on her way home from Dhaka
to Dinajpur, promising her a lift. On the way, they gang-raped
her and threw her onto the roadside where a vehicle ran over
and killed her. When journalists visited the house of Abdus
Sattar after his body had been handed over to his family,
they were attacked by angry relatives who claimed that Sattar
was executed due to false media reports.
Krishi University rampaged
As a result
of failing eight students in their exams, the activists of
he Jatiyabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) had gone on a rampage at the
Sher-e-Bangla Krishi University, earlier this week.
though it is mandatory for each student to attend at least
80% of the classes, under the MS programmes, these students
had not attended a single class. Somehow, these students had
also managed to get permission from the vice-chancellor to
sit for the exams.
president and the secretary of the JCD unit, Emdadul Haque
and Kamrul Islam, along with a group of activists, vandalised
classrooms, the horticulture department and prevented students
from attending their classes, besides misbehaving with the
vice-chancellor was unavailable for comment as he was in an
emergency meeting until 9:30 pm on that day.
visits Dhaka, counter-terrorism deal in the offing
In the face
of the series of bomb blasts and killing of 20 people in Awami
League rally on August 21, Bangladesh government is mulling
over the signing of a protocol on counter-terrorism collaboration
with the United States. Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan said
on September 5 that Bangladesh would consider any offer from
the US in counter-terror programmes in future. This, he said,
would be done only after assessing Bangladesh's requirements.
But, even before considering any offer from the US, Dhaka
proposed a joint working groups (JWG) for more effective counter-terror
operations with the US, UNB news agency said quoting meeting
Cofer Black, US Senate Department's coordinator for counter-terrorism,
spoke at a press conference hinting at the protocol. Before
the conference, Black talked to the Indian weekly The Outlook
on Bangladesh on September 5, the day he arrived in Bangladesh.
In the interview titled "We are looking closely at Bangladesh"
he confirmed that "some good insights from the Indian
team on what is going on in Bangladesh" are being considered
by the US. Seeking to develop a position on India's claim
that terrorist camps in Bangladesh are inimical to the stability
of the region, Black said, "We have certainly taken to
heart information and the view the Indian government has of
terrorist camps in Bangladesh."
also confirmed that the US trained Bangladeshi law enforcement
agencies under their Training Assistance Programme and would
soon realise the memorandum of understanding signed in May
to install Pisces (Personal Identification Secure Comparison
and Evaluation System). Pisces is a sophisticated computer
system to document passengers travelling in and out of the
country and check movement of suspected terrorists. Black
stayed for two days and left in his wake many questions unanswered.
During the press conference he skirted all questions on presence
of any terrorist outfit in Bangladesh.
between RAB and Goons kill 5-year-old
When the anti-crime
organisation Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) went to nab an alleged
illegal arms dealer, 5-year-old Mayesha died in the crossfire.
Mayesha, daughter of Mujibur Rahman died on the spot when
Abdus Sobhan, an arms peddler, fired back at the elite anti-crime
off by an unnamed source, two members of the RAB contacted
Sobhan posing as potential customers of illegal weapons. Sobhan
fell into the trap and told the law-enforcers to meet him
at a building near Mathertek graveyard. "As they went
upstairs, the rest of the 11 members of the team cordoned
off the house," said Mizanur, a member of the RAB team
to the Daily Star. Sobhan smelt a rat and ran down the second
floor; Sobhan was soon joined by two others of his group and
together they opened fire on the RAB members. One of the twin
bullets hit Mayesha; RAB members, meanwhile, fired back and
Sobhan fell on the floor taking four bullets in the head and
chest. "A witness claimed as he fell down, an angry RAB
member raced to him and fired a hail at point blank range,"
the DS report says.
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