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Bishwajit Murder

Ghosh Para in tears

HC orders arrest of killers in 24 hours; Home boss, police differ on arrest

Moshura Ghosh Para in Shariatpur is full of sighs and cries as villagers and family members mourn Bishwajit Das.

Clutching their son's photographs and personal stuff, the parents fainted frequently. Just regaining consciousness, they began to wail again.

People kept coming to the house yesterday, but no one could console the family. They don't understand how a person could be hacked in broad daylight and why the murderers were at large even after everybody saw on TV the gruesome act.

Although police kept denying reports of arrests, Home Minister MK Alamgir said, "Eight so-called students were arrested so far in connection with Bishwajit murder. Some more will be arrested today [yesterday]."

The family members, still searching for answers why a youthful life met an untimely end, want no empty promises. They want justice and they want it now.

The High Court in the meantime yesterday ordered arresting the killers in 24 hours and issued a rule upon the authorities to explain in two weeks why they should not be directed to give adequate compensation to the family.

Bishwajit, 24, was hacked to death by 10 to 12 Chhatra League activists during an opposition blockade on Sunday.

The Daily Star has managed to identify five youths who directly took part in the murder. They are activists of Jagannath University Chhatra League, according to their political peers, general students and eyewitnesses who know them.

Photographers in other newspapers and video footages of television channels also have made it clear who the attackers were.

But during a discussion organised by Digital Bangladesh Forum at Dhaka Reporters Unity yesterday, the home minister claimed the people involved in the killing don't belong to Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), a student body backed by the ruling Awami League.

"We've come to know their identities. None of them were active members of BCL or were involved with BCL." The minister did not go into further details, but again said some of the attackers were expelled from the BCL.

Strangely, MK Alamgir also dubbed Bishwajit as a “so-called activist of BCL”. But nothing about Bishwajit's political affiliation was published in the media and the family kept saying he didn't belong to any political party.

“Bishwajit was not a member of any political party. He was quiet, always engrossed in tailoring job," cousin Robin Das told our correspondent at Bishwajit's house in Ghosh Para near Bhojeshwar Bazar.

Bishwajit's elder brother Uttam Das said, "My brother fell victim to cruelty of politics. What was the fault of my brother? We are helpless. We won't file any case. What we want is justice."

His father Alombho Das said Bishwajit was supposed to take him to Dhaka for treatment. "But he left the world before me. I am now worried about the safety of my other son who lives in Dhaka."

Yesterday, Monirul Islam, deputy commissioner of Detective Branch of police, told reporters at the DB office that police so far identified six people in connection with the killing but nobody was arrested.

"First, a case was filed accusing some unidentified persons but later police identified the six persons examining video footages and other information."

Asked about political link of the “identified” persons, he said, "We will be able to say the motive behind the killing and the political identity of the killers after arresting them."

Replying to another query, he said when the incident took place police were a little far away and immediately could not understand what was going on. Therefore, they could not prevent the murder.

Nazrul Islam, officer-in-charge of Sutrapur Police Station, echoed the view of Monirul. He said none was arrested till 4:00pm yesterday.

In response to a petition, an HC bench yesterday directed the inspector general of police to take measures, so that the culprits cannot escape arrest.

It also asked the IGP to alert officials at all the departure points, including Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, land ports and seaports about the court order, to stop the killers from fleeing.

The government will have to come up with an explanation tomorrow if it fails to nab the criminals within the stipulated time, the HC bench of Justice AHM Shamsuddin Choudhury Manik and Justice Farid Ahmed said.

The court came up with the order following the petition filed by Nazim Ahmed, the editor of weekly Shoptoporno, seeking its directive upon the government to arrest within 24 hours those involved in the killing.

The petition also sought an HC order on compensation to the family.

The Shoptoporno editor filed the petition after The Daily Star in a report yesterday named some BCL activists Rafiqul Islam, Noore Alam, Mahfuzur Rahman, Obhidul Quader and Emdadul Haque as the murderers.

Eunus Ali Akond appeared for the petitioner, while Deputy Attorney General Amit Talukder represented the government.

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BCL leaders and those who run the organisation must be punished for this brutal and horrific murder. We do not have any space for patriots like this killing machine.

: Translucent

I am really tired and saddened to see where we are heading. When will our ladies retire and give new leadership to emerge with clean image and respect for law.

: reza


  • Ginipig
    Wednesday, December 12, 2012 02:59 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    I think it is time for the people of Bangladesh to raise our voice against the political culture which now practiced in country. Shame to ruling party for protecting a citizen life in broad daylight n also shame to opposition party for endangering citizen life by giving abroad or hartal. They can call hartal for release of their leaders but not for Bishwajit who represents people like us who needs to go out for his living.

  • Md. Russell Talukder
    Wednesday, December 12, 2012 04:11 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    AL never fought for the interest of the people. They always used people to work for their own interest. The independent war was not an exception, either as what we see today only reminds us the fact that AL wanted independence for their vested interest.

  • Wazih Zakigonj
    Wednesday, December 12, 2012 07:44 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    The killers of Bishwajit should rapidly be brought in front of judgment.

  • Abul Moniruzzaman
    Wednesday, December 12, 2012 12:52 PM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    What we had observed are against all our cultural spirit. This is sad that such brutal act happened in brought day light in front of many people including on the eyes of law and enforcing agencies. We have no other option than praying to the almighty that please give proper sense to our leaders so that in the name of people better future they should not arrange any programme and ask their men to act that takes the life of innocent people who come out of home for own and families’ livelihood. I feel really sorry for Bishwajit mom; getting redress is far too long, waste of time, energy and money.

  • Taher
    Wednesday, December 12, 2012 01:07 PM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    Is this a digital Bangladesh?

  • Confidential
    Wednesday, December 12, 2012 12:37 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    It looks like Awami league killed one of their voters. It's not smart to kill your voter.





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