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Bishwajit Das being beaten up by BCL activists in Old Dhaka during an opposition blockade on Sunday. See page 19 for photos showing the sequence of actions that killed Bishwajit, who had nothing to do with the blockade.Photo: STAR

Thirteen-year-old Saiful Islam could not keep his eyes open when Chhatra League armed cadres were striking Bishwajit Das with machetes and iron rods inside a clinic, Intensive Dental Care. The attackers would not care how pitifully their victim would beg for his life.

While recalling the Sunday's attack inside the clinic at Johnson Road in Old Dhaka, the boy reacted abnormally. He said he could not sleep that night as the sickening scenes of the attack kept coming back before his mind's eyes.

“I was so scared that I hid in another room when they hacked Bishwajit with machetes and other sharp weapons,” Saiful, who works at the clinic, told The Daily Star yesterday.

Wailing and grieving parents and relatives of Bishwajit in the meantime cremated him at Naria in Shariatpur on Sunday.

Among the group of 10-12 attackers, The Daily Star has managed to identify five BCL activists who directly took part in the murder. They are all students of Jagannath University (JnU) and are activists of the university's Chhatra League unit, according to their political peers, general students and eyewitnesses who know them.

But the killing of Bishwajit was not the first crime that the five have been involved with. In the past, they committed other crimes as well, including assaulting a female teacher and stalking female students of the university.

But thanks to their link with the ruling Awami League, police never took any action against them.

Police on Sunday night filed a case against 15-16 unnamed people in connection with the killing, but none was arrested as of last night.

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This is a horrible crime and then the audacity to claim that they did not do. If we continue to let these criminals go, we can expect more criminals will do still more henious crimes, knowing they are above the law. What a shame on the law,

I beg Daily Star to publish their names and photographs in the front page. Let the people know what is going on in the name of students.

This is a shame for all of us, as a nation

: Akhtar Hossain

Sorry Bishwajit these are beasts; there was no human being here to protect you from the brutality of these bastards.

: Ashraf, Canada


  • Shah Asad Ahmed
    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 12:41 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    Please obscure the photo of Bishwajit as every time I see it I become panicky and thoughts engulf me which country I live in.

  • Nazrul Islam
    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 12:53 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    I think if govt does not know how to take responsibility of such heinous crime of their student front they do not have any right to practice politics through their student front. These crimes are presently conducted by the less criminal than the War Crimes punishment. The punishment should be fast and no less than hanging. Request the President not to interfere.

  • Mehdi Hasan Sheikh, Canada
    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 01:00 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    How wonderful are our university students.

  • Shumon
    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 01:00 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    This is horrific. How can we do this and accept this? I support AL when it comes to big picture of the country, but if PM does not act on this incident in a way that people (including party activists) do not dare to do such in future. I have no words to describe this, I hope our police, leaders and govt can. Perhaps PM can shed some of her time to this so it does not happen again.

  • S. Chowdhury
    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 01:05 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    I would not be surprised if one or many of these killers would later become lawmakers and castigate TIB. This is our trend now.

  • matiur
    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 01:30 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    How the government will try war criminal that was committed 42 years before when they not try the killer who killed people in broad day light....and every body know the killer.

  • Shaheda Ahmed
    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 01:44 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    No word is sufficient to describe this picture. Feeling shamed of being a citizen of so-called sovereign Bangladesh. Allah please saves us.

  • Muhammad Ahmedullah
    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 01:44 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    These barbaric attackers must be named and hunted down and not allowed to sleep ever again. Local people in the area should know their names. Please get their names and create a wanted publicity advert.

  • Mahmudul Hassan
    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 01:48 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    I would request the PM to close her eyes and imagine this poor man being mercilessly beaten and hacked to death by her own party cohorts. This poor man begging for life. Then honourable PM please imagines this poor fellow is none other than your son Joy! This goes to all the political leaders. Please imagine this poor fellow could have been your son.

  • AA
    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 01:51 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    They must be hung! Will AL still pet them and feed then just because they support govt? Shame on the govt that their party activities are beyond control. As a ruling party before talking about other party crime, govt should first clear own party. If AL do not hung them immediately before public, this crimes will never stops and their will be no right of AL charging other party cadres.

  • A boardman
    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 11:41 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    This is against human rights, it will be broadcast and the story will get out to the rest of the world, do your bit and name and shame these criminals, they should be arrested. What a stain on your country again!

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 02:00 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    Parents of the criminals should appear before court and beg punishment.

  • Ali
    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 02:00 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    Such gruesome incident where an innocent's life is ended by students is first and hair-raising; unpardonable! Nation should be in shame and must apologise to the family. Our condolences to them, the least we can say.

  • Translucent
    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 02:17 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    Great work The Daily Star! These killers of this brutal killing must be punished. The people harbouring these killers must also be brought to justice. The AL leaders who let loose such killers must be given the maximum penalty. I hope The DS pursues justice for Das' killing.

  • Nuruddin Azam
    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 02:47 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    If police cannot identify and arrest these murderers then the prime minister and her cabinet loses their legal and moral rights to govern the country.

  • MLR
    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 02:49 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    We get furious at times, our heart becomes heavy with great affliction, our perspective of politics and politicians submerge with great repugnance...we start hating those who practice politics, or ourselves for utter impotence or even the country to give birth of us....if you think the time has come to make the change, take into account that it is politics and only politics that can change the destiny of a nation. Can not we make the initiative of change to happen like our predecessors made in 52, 71? The corrupted politicians and their parasites are no good than the war criminals. Let's start with a virtual war against those who humiliate humanity in the name of political ideologies... there could be no ideology above respecting humanity.

  • Sham Khan
    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 02:52 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    I sincerely request the editor of The Daily Start to keep pursuing this story until Bishwajit and his family gets justice. Please keep this on the front page and if possible expose the rest of the murderers.

  • Khan Shaheb
    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 03:17 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    It is really sad how we as a nation have grown apathetic to such incidents. We are desensitised to a point of degradation that can only be reversed when we actually give a damn about the politics of business and the business of politics. Until then, bleed your hearts out in vain.

  • jhillur
    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 03:49 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    Oh! It is not possible. It is not see that. Just now I am crying.

  • Nasim Hasan
    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 04:16 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    Three million people would never sacrifice their lives if they had ever known that this country would run the way it is now. A nation looses all of its glory if it fails to provide its citizens with minimum security of their living. In this country 6 students get beaten to death in front of police. Here murderers get heroic receptions. Here justice exists only in schoolbooks. The whole nation has been divided by the politicians just to satisfy their never ending blood lust. Crying for Bishwajit is absolutely pointless as we have witnessed incidents like this over and over during our lifetime. And we have already forgotten most of them as we will forget Bishwajit soon.

  • Mizan Rahman
    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 04:35 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    If honourable PM does not look into it personally, it seems that the concerned agencies will not take sufficient and required legal action against the killers. As of today, the home ministry did not take adequate action to arrest the killers. We hope PM will step in and the killers will be punished as per law of the land.

  • Barkat
    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 04:36 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    Total collapse of law and order. No civilized society would expect to see such crime committed by the branch of government. In Somalia, Afghanistan and Pakistan there are attacks but not of such open blatant nature. In those countries most of the time crime is committed by people whose identity is not known and therefore it is difficult to take action. But in Bangladesh, these crimes are committed by people whose faces are open and the entire nation is now witness to their crime. Yet there will be no action. Bangladesh is now on the first step of a failed nation.

  • Roni Rahman
    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 04:55 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    How Horrific! Barbaric! Are we going backward to stone ages? So is this what MKA wanted by calling on BCL to tackle opposition? Now that we have the pictures of these criminals, why can not govt arrest them? This is what happens when encouragements are given from the top! The sad thing is that they knew these types of mindless violence would occur if they called upon BCL to terrorise the people and yet they did it.

  • barhatta25
    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 04:55 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    Do not worry; ordinary people of the country of will suffer like this. We saw civil war in Africa killed lot of people and feel sorry. But in front of people with video footage, killers in spree for killing. If go the killer and say you killed, he will say this video is fabricated. I am sure both political parties will try to nominate these killers MP for their huge achievement. Long live Bangladesh democracy by two leaders.

  • Imrul Hasan
    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 05:02 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    This is the direct consequences of using students as political tools to do their dirty work! BCL has become a criminal organisation and should be banned. We hear AL and other leaders like Inu called Shibir/Jamaat to be banned. Why not BCL too? Why can not they call for BCL to be banned too? Instead we hear MKA calling on BCL to fight in the field. What a disgrace!

  • commenter
    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 05:06 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    It could be me, my brother, my nearest neighbour, or even could be the one of the sons of our police force. I earnestly ask the police force to arrest these people who killed this helpless guy mercilessly. Please preserve humanity, show some justice to the family who lost their son. It needs to be stopped.

  • barhatta25
    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 05:07 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    This broad day light killing spree will encourage more killers for the upcoming day to show performance and please both the leaders. They will go unpunished and enjoy more power in the future. May be the GOD is happy depicting the scenario. Thanks our leaders your kids are not being killed like such a ruthless way as they are in safe heaven of first world country for enjoy.

  • probirbidhan
    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 05:19 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    Only the brutal people in the power-craving political parties and the police can stand such acts and let the killers get impunity, only because of political affiliation! And, hence, a case has been filed to mock the departed soul of Bishwajit and his family and those who cry for not being able to save that boy from that crossfire of political tyrants. It is shameful that the government did not arrest the culprits, identified in photographs and TV footages immediately, and suspend the police officials on duty only 20 yards from the spot where Bishwajit was nearly being killed.

    Some people are also blaming the journalists working at the spot for not taking any initiative to save Bishwajit. The locals and those going to workplaces were so simple people (not courageous enough as they are not doing power-politics) that they did not dare say anything or snatch Bishwajit from the claws of the Chhatra League men who had by that time indulged in a killing mission. The emergency doctors at Mitfort hospital also showed maximum reluctance in giving Bishwajit a quick remedy citing legal constraints. A rickshaw puller took him to the hospital from Shakharibazar.

    Such shameful consequences only reflect the decaying trend of Bangladesh's social culture and degrading law and order. And leave the people in further horrors who can only dream of a Superman to save them from the evil's clutches.

  • nasir
    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 05:34 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    I have been following Bangladesh politics for a while it is always been the same these guys who committed this crime will be arrested and out again because of their political connection. I hope justice is done and for the two madams get grip of your self and stop this vicious cycle of dirty politics!

  • Alamgir
    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 06:00 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    There is enough video evidence about the killers but will anything be done? They belong to the ruling elite class so who dare touch them! Since The Daily Star has been able to identify the BCL attackers, I would request them to print the names of these attackers and to press charges for murder crime against them?

  • Ahsan Alam
    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 06:12 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    It is a shame that the police filed a case against unnamed people where The Daily Star is able to identify the culprits. It is unfortunate that our leaders and their parties continuing to engage in a politics of violence.

  • shariful alam
    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 06:13 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    Now if police arrest these brutal criminals and punish them the way they followed for Bishwajit, this innocent life will never come back. The victim family will not get any consolation through any means we now display before them. Home minister should step down immediately if he can not catch the real criminals and give exemplary punishment to them. He can not avoid his responsibility by any excuse by trying to shift the responsibility on the counter party how they do usually. This inference should be probed immediately and criminal should be brought before law. Probe ought to be done against these criminal for their previous brutal activity, if any. State should look after family of Biswajit.

  • Kishwar Khan
    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 06:21 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    It would be sensible to publish the identity of the killers, since the evidence is established. Otherwise, it will be a defeat for us as citizens of our country!

  • Swapan Talukder, USA
    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 06:26 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    Are those wild animals from our country? An innocent young man is dragged and beaten to be soaked with blood! This is just barbaric. Our Home Minister and Prime Minister must be proud with full heart of this evil act of their golden boys of BCL. Both Home Minister and BNP's Secretary General should be sued by civil society. My prayer goes to the family of Bishwajit.

  • Farid Majidi
    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 07:01 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    To be connected to the ruling party is to have a licence for murder and mayhem. This party has to be stopped at the next general election which it is trying to fix and rig beforehand.

  • rani
    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 07:21 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    Thanks to The Daily Star to published this picture and article. This is a really heinous crime committed by the BCL activities. I urge the journalists of The DS please publish more article and pictures along with the perpetrators who committed the crime. If we do not stand against this most notorious crime, it will continue to have more crimes in future. Where are our prime minister and other political larders whose eyes are blind folded when their party activities make crime and get away with the murder and corruptions but no actions are taken against them? This is really shame for the people of Bangladesh.

  • Parveen Ahmed
    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 07:24 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    Even if the murderers are caught and punished, the ruling party will get the president to pardon them.

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 08:54 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    Alas! None has been arrested till today those who killed Bishwajit.

  • Abul Hasan Mia
    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 08:57 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    Any word does not appear in mind to kill the innocent Bishwajit as I can not express my word, I have lost my word. The word again and again is reminded me no need student politics.

  • Harun Rashid
    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 09:10 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    This is unbearable stress. How those cool blooded murderer could be students? If Mirza Fakhrul's arrest is valid because of torch the vehicles on the road then why not government dismiss and arrest present home minister to invite these criminals against opponents? Actually this is our democratic snap short that unfortunately patronise by our two leaders PM and opposition leader and also much people of this country are blindly behind of them. But truth is truth. Thanks electronic media, news media like The Daily Star to bring it to the world. Not today but one day I am so sure people will wake up and destroy this kind of horrific acts and their politics.

  • wazih zakigonj
    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 09:12 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    Thanks The Daily Star for publishing such news by which people of BD as well as world will know actual seen of that day.

  • Ahmad Jalal
    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 09:47 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    As Bishwajit was a Hindu that is why the Chhatra League could not claim that he (Bishwajit) is a supporter of Jamaat and Shibir. In the name security for the common people, the government is using Chaatra League only to kill the general people. Whereas it is the prime duty for the government to ensure the security of the general people but we have seen them killing the general people with the help of Chaatra League. It is the moral duty for the government to ensure punishment for the culprits who killed an innocent man like Bishwajit Das.

  • Neelu
    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 10:13 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    What a horrible picture! Are they human? The law and order is deteriorating day by day and they authority are always silent. They should take immediate action against it otherwise it will be for us and whole nation.

  • Feroz Ahmed
    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 10:19 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    These barbaric scenes are being recorded by the foreign media and they will successfully use it to foreign employers not to hire people from Bangladesh what happened last couple of years in the Middle East especially in Saudi Arabia. So, govt. should apologise and the opposition should avoid vandalism. We should call Armed Forces those maintaining peace in Congo/Haiti, why not in own country!

  • Faisal
    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 10:27 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    These are not student politicians, but rather hard core criminals and murderers. It will be extremely sad if AL protects these criminals under the false belief that that the party thrives due to support and vote from these criminals.

  • Mohd. Nazmul Huda
    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 10:44 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    This is a terrible and terrific moment in our society. We do not want to see that again and again. It is my humble request to The Daily Star that please publishes their name and photographs in the front page to see what is going on.

  • Ajay
    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 10:47 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    Quickest and stern action must be taken against those murders of a poor person. Not like trials of quislings said to be War Criminals who committed crimes two score and two years ago.

  • Manaf Rahman
    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 10:56 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    I solemnly urge to our government, please arrest these culprits and ensure the justice, does not matter which party they are belong to (AL, BNP, Shibir). If no action been taken after such gruesome killing in broad daylight (with all of this photo evidence) we will lose our confidence absolutely in our government, police or judicial system... Thanks to The Daily Star for publishing some of their name individually and waiting to see the identity of remaining slaughterers.

  • Ashiq
    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 10:58 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    I beg The Daily Star to publish these criminals picture with names everyday until they are arrested by the law.

  • shaheen subhan
    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 11:06 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    As a conscientious Bangladeshi, this barbarity that unfolded in front of the world to watch I can only say that these thugs must be brought to justice (the evidence is clear) and hanged. Nothing short of this ultimate punishment will deter others from committing such heinous crime in the future.

  • Dr. Iftikhar-ul-Awwal
    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 11:38 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    The gruesome and barbaric murder of Bishwajit in broad day light in front of scores of people and media has moved the conscience of millions of people all over the country. Immediate action is required to apprehend the murderers without wasting time. The fate of the murderers is sealed and let the law take its own course without let or hindrance.

  • rahima khatun
    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 11:47 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    Is it possible?

  • Nasim Hasan
    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 11:52 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    The murderers of Biswajit seem to be educated. Some of them are university students. One day these murderers would be chosen for various institutions of the nation (through politically motivated recruiting procedures). This has been happening for almost 4 decades. And these political killings, vandalism, extremism would never stop if we fail to stop it now for a better future.

  • Rainer
    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 12:01 PM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    In my opinion, it is irresponsible to publish photos, names and further personal details of the suspects, knowing that lynch mobs are all-too-common in Bangladesh. The cycle of violence must end.

  • Justice seeker
    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 12:09 PM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    Thanks to reporter Rashidul Karim from The DS. Your efforts will bring justice to Bishwajit Das's murder.

  • Huq
    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 01:22 PM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    The culprits must be punished.

  • Mir Mosaddequer Rahman
    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 02:15 PM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    Top political parties has a very particular agenda, knowledge and beliefs and they can not go beyond that form of beliefs and politics, whenever they talk, they always try to justify their views on the basis of that framed agenda that were fed into them from the parties top brass of leaders, Same thing happened in Bishwajit murder case, delaying and denying to accept the facts, Oh God protect us from all evil doing people.

  • Ahmad Jalal
    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 02:16 PM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    The killing of Bishwajit is a great sign of heinous action of Chhatra League. Now our honourable minister Suronjit Sen does not show his verbose speech regarding this matter as he does not have moral strength to deny this truth. The Awami League should take the responsibility of the killing as the killers are the supporters and members of Chhatra League. They should be brought in front of electronic media to disclose the killers. We do not want to see no more killing of general people like Bishwajit. We want to see an exemplary punishment of the culprits.

  • Al-Amin Rehman, DU
    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 12:28 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    It is so simple for Saiful to be continued in a horrible life seeing this extremely shocking scene.His abnormality bears injustice, pathetic and nasty system of student politics leading talent students to be indifferent to politics. This should be resolved immediately in respect of possibility of perfect leader-less nation.

    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 12:33 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    Somebody must file a police case against this violence. Why not Daily Star as they have the documents.

  • The Truth
    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 12:34 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    The government should step down if it fails to arrest the murderers of Bishwajit after receiving these clear evidences with photographs and videos.

    If you do not bring these murderes to justice we the public will never forgive you.

    Thanks to The Daily Star and other media for providing vital information into the case.

  • powerx
    Tuesday, December 11, 2012 12:45 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    punish all of them





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