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Murderers Indeed Linked To Bcl

4 of them expelled from BCL but were very much active in its activities

Hours after the murder of Bishwajit Das, killers Mahfuzur Rahman Nahid and Emdadul Haque, circled, are seen in procession with a central Chhatra League assistant secretary. In the second photo, Nahid is seen in another procession that day, again in the front row, with Jagannath University Chhatra League unit president and secretary. Emdad, circled, was also seen a few days ago alongside the Jagannath University Chhatra League unit president and secretary during a procession. Photo: Courtesy

The Prime Minister's Office yesterday claimed none of the killers of Bishwajit Das have link to Bangladesh Chhatra League, even though it is beyond doubt that at least 10 of them were very much involved in BCL politics at Jagannath University. A section of teachers, students, journalists and BCL leaders of the university have confirmed to The Daily Star that the youths who beat and hacked to death Bishwajit during an opposition blockade on Sunday were influential BCL activists.

Photographs of the day support their version.

Hours before the killing, the pro-Awami League student body brought out a procession in which the killers walked side by side with Jagannath University BCL President FM Shariful Islam.

They were in the front row, a special privilege only important members enjoy.

The same youths marched again alongside the same leader after the incident.

On December 10, Shariful Islam told The Daily Star, “Those who took part in the attack participate in BCL activities regularly. They are not BCL members, but they regularly participate in our activities on the campus.”

Chhatra League insiders say some of the killers even submitted their resumes to the JnU BCL president and general secretary to get posts in the unit committee.

But PM's Press Secretary Abul Kalam Azad, during a press briefing at the PMO yesterday, denied their link to Chhatra League. He gave names of six alleged killers, portraying their families to be involved in BNP or Jamaat politics.

One of the six is Mahfuzur Rahman Nahid. A photograph obtained by The Daily Star shows him in the birthday party of the JnU BCL president Sunday afternoon, hours after Bishwajit succumbed to injuries.

Azad claimed Nahid and Obhidul Quader Tahsin had been involved in Shibir politics in the past. But he said nothing about the current political activities of the duo.

He also did not say anything about the political affiliation of the other four.

The press secretary's statement rather focused on their family backgrounds. He didn't forget to mention that Tahsin's 10-year-old sister reads in class-V.

Names of Emdadul Haque, Rafiqul Islam Shakil and Noore Alam also came up in the statement.

The trio and along with another attacker, Mehedi Hasan, were expelled from BCL between 2009 and 2011 for stalking a female student, attacking a journalist on the campus and getting involved in factional feuds.

The Daily Star got a photograph that shows Nahid was in the front row along with other BCL leaders during a procession before the attack.

In another photo, Emdadul was right behind the JnU BCL president and general secretary in a procession after the incident.

This paper has already run reports on eight of the killers. Yesterday, it found identities of seven others.

This correspondent could not contact any of the seven as they were not available in the JnU campus yesterday. Their mobile phones were found switched off.

Yesterday was the first time since 2009 that no BCL activist was seen on the JnU campus.

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I can very well understand The Daily Star finding the truths, but what about the burning death of the sleeping bus driver by BNP only few months ago? What about the chasing death of a young trader in his car to death, who was the only bread earner of his family by BNP terrorists only few months ago? What about the burning death of the father of actress Shabnoor in Sylhet by the BNP terrorists? Do they not take orders of none other than Khaleda? Of course 100%. We are tired of all these dark forces doing politics. The death of Bishwajit is simply disgusting, but at the same time, both Jamaat and BNP terrorised the entire nation for absolutely no reason and continue to cause unconscionable crimes against the people of Bangladesh, why are we continue to listen to this and allow media to cover them? We are fed up hear these so called leaders who take money from tax payer and does nothing but conspiracy at night with foreign forces. The level of tolerance have reached the lowest point now and a 3rd force is what we need. Please DS, stop allowing BNP or Jammat to media coverage, because they represent the dark forces not that AL is any better.

: Concerned Expat

The AL govt should not act like a child in denial here. The vast amount of evidences has already established these murders roles to the BCL beyond any doubt. Instead of Sisyphus attempts of denials, the AL should acknowledge the crimes and cleanse the BCL at once.

: Roni Rahman


  • Rafat Sadiq
    Friday, December 14, 2012 12:47 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    Note to fellow expert: The focus on the Awami League is appropriate. They control all levers of the government including the state (in) security apparatus. One order from the Prime Minster is all it takes to arrest any killer in Bangladesh. The same order can be used to delay and deny action. The opposition does not have the full force of the state behind their actions.

  • Concerned citizen
    Friday, December 14, 2012 12:50 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    Linked to BCL or not, most of the killers have not been brought to justice- that's the worrying part. Just today HC directed formation of a Judicial Commission to investigate Ramu tragedy. By this time most of us have already forgot those horrific events. Like Ramu incident, here too police was a silent and inactive observer; again we are relying on investigation by the same agency that has been patronizing all the terrors of ruling party unit, BCL here. If speedy trial could be implemented in the case of fictitious cases against the opposition, why do we not see speedy trial in Biswajit's murder? Why are we not punishing the accomplices in the Police? If opposition high command is indicted, MKA, the Home Minister, should also be indicted.

  • Ronny
    Friday, December 14, 2012 01:20 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    I wonder how Khaleda Zia or Sheikh Hasina would react if Biswajit was their son. The nation needs an honest answer and demands justice.

  • Watchdog
    Friday, December 14, 2012 01:55 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    I am very saddened by these parties' activities. None of them will show us peace but taking us to destruction. Does any one have any suggestion how can we get rid off these criminal activities? We are behaving like savage. Shame on these so-called leaders.

  • Nasirullah Mridha,USA
    Friday, December 14, 2012 02:16 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    AL insouciance to nab the BCL killers despite strong evidence of their involvement suggest that rule of law has been stamped out by large scale. The way AL spared the Abul from Padma graft case like every wrongdoing brushed off by AL would be pay heavy tolls in future which would be anybody's guess.

  • Shahed
    Friday, December 14, 2012 02:21 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    Do the pictures contradict what the PMO stated about the murderers? It sure does not. Anybody can join a procession or attend a party. Or, is it necessary that they have to belong to a certain party to walk in a procession? By the way, if this kind of killing has to be stopped, then the people should get serious and reject politics of violence. In that respect, BNP and Jamaat should be blamed for the death of innocent Bishwajit. They are the ones who started the reign of terror that morning with burning and pillaging of public and private properties and exploding cocktails to instil fear in the general population. Simply, without prosecuting Jamaat and BNP along with the murderers of Bishwajit, justice cannot be served.

  • Selma
    Friday, December 14, 2012 02:22 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    Why no one dared to stop these killers?

  • Asad Zaman
    Friday, December 14, 2012 02:25 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    The primary or paramount interest in this case is to arrest the murderers. And the law enforcement agencies of Bangladesh have successfully done that task. We must congratulate the arrest of the killers first instead of involving in frivolous competition to prove who belongs to which party and who was seen standing with whom.

  • himukala
    Friday, December 14, 2012 12:36 PM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    It is difficult to understand the logic that BCL will kill someone who was not for Hartal and put AL into trouble politically. BCL is then working against AL - it is more logical to think that they were hired by BNP-Jamaat.

  • Barkat
    Friday, December 14, 2012 04:51 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    The PM for the last four years kept on repeating that BNP and Jamaat are trying to save the War Criminals. Today she is doing exactly the same thing but in fact in more open and bold manner. The entire nation knows these murderers are BCL and yet PM is denying. She will go to any extent to save her goons who commit crime in broad day light with entire nation as witness. What a shame on PM.

  • zerosopher
    Friday, December 14, 2012 08:05 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    This is the problem there. If one knows one's own people have committed a crime or are involved in a corruption, first strategy is to deny it outright. Until this attitude is rectified there is no future there for a healthy law and order situation.

  • Farid Majidi
    Friday, December 14, 2012 08:20 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    In response to letter by Concerned Expert, it should be said what is truly disgusting is not just the killing by the BCL activists, but the protection afforded them by no less than the PMO, which is directly the Prime Minister and her inner coterie.

  • truthdig
    Friday, December 14, 2012 08:43 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    The denial by Home Minister and PMO is nothing new. Recall the history of the Chhatra League from its very inception. What they did and are doing is their hallowed tradition.

  • Asif Chowdhury , San Francisco
    Friday, December 14, 2012 09:00 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    This incident reminded the Logi-Baitha as well as gun powder burning during the fag end of the last BNP time.

  • L J Pereira
    Friday, December 14, 2012 09:47 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    Death of Bishwajit was sad and more so was the un-factual claims of the leaders and related authorities of ruling party AL. No body wanted to take the responsibility of the Chhatra League, including PM (read the news papers since this govt. took charge). There was no one in AL to take charge and order Chhatra League. Other students' wings are bad that does not mean BCL has to compete them to be the same. What facts, data and stats did they have who were claiming that killers were not BCL activists? I question: Do the political leaders of Bangladesh want good of the people? What good does hartals, blockade, anti-hartal or blockade rallies bring to the life of general people? The leaders do not suffer and have to pay the price? It is the people, working people who suffer!! I wish if only they would understand!

  • Asad
    Friday, December 14, 2012 11:56 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    Are the murderers Bcl members? Is it the major problem the nation is facing now? We must not preoccupied with a single leaf and forget about the big tree or the forest. The major and lethal problems the country has been facing recently are those deadly violence -- such as beating, stabbing or attempting to gouge out cop's eyes and to set him on fire by the Jamaat-shibir activists or hooligans on the one hand, and the arson attacks to private and public vehicles by the BNP-led 18 party alliance through their recent road-blockade and hartal programmes. Moreover, there are dark forces among the 18-party alliance who wants to stop the war crime trial by de-establishing the country

  • Ashraf, Canada
    Friday, December 14, 2012 12:16 PM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    This is really interesting how this government is trying to hide the truths. Whereas the entire electronic and print media is trying to find the real culprits, the government continues to tell a lie to the world. We want to relieve from such cruelty and fascism.

  • An Observer
    Friday, December 14, 2012 12:19 PM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    Political polarisation in Bangladesh's society is such high that everyone in it is population somehow is linked in political parties or beliefs either psychologically, or active affiliation to. Everyone in its population is being somehow either directly or indirectly benefited from some political parties. So the culprits must be treated as culprits. There are no other alternative to do so. We should see the killers of Bishwajit as just killers and should be brought to justice without fail. There is no scope to define them whether they linked in BCL or linked to JCD, if we try to do so, then we ourselves are giving the way to someone to have political mileage in the one hand, and culprits who were involved in such heinous barbaric (as I seen the video clip in TV) acts might escape from justice system due to such political debate on the other. May we hope and like to see such offenders in Bangladesh would be brought to justice without defining their social/political/organisational entities but as the gross offenders.

  • Mohammed
    Friday, December 14, 2012 12:59 PM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    Before killed Bishwajit they were Chhatra League but after killed Bishwajit they become Chhatra Shibir and Chhatra Dal. How funny our govt. and prime minister? We hate them.

  • Hedayet Shrabon
    Friday, December 14, 2012 01:53 PM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    The current political atmosphere is the apotheosis of extreme political quagmire. Two major alliances are going through their abhorring obstinacy and no hope left for the peace loving people. The startling news is that committing crime has turned out to be the benchmark of showing level best adherence to the respective political parties; this quagmire will not see any light as long as we people are getting conscious when making most of use of our franchise.....

  • shah jalal firoze
    Friday, December 14, 2012 03:16 PM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    The killers of BCL hacked to death a human being who was later identified as one Bishwajit an innocent young boy. The hacking scene witnessed by crores of people through electronic media and all news papers. They are proven killers but the press secretary y of PM gave a statement denying facts and delivered a story. Please read and learn from hall well monument. He has tried to stop burning fire by kerosene feeling it as water.

  • London Eye
    Friday, December 14, 2012 04:15 PM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    Even in London, many over stayers and illegal immigrants claim their credential as Chatrodol or BCL members. They participate in Bangladeshi style demo in London and were nuisance. On 7 December, they were seen at the rally of Tabligee demon in Stratford. Blame the criminals and distracters not the organisations they use to perpetrate crime.

  • Barkat
    Friday, December 14, 2012 04:41 PM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    In response to the lie of PM that those murderers are not BCL let us reply to her that her brothers Jamal. Kamal and Russel were not killed but they committed suicide. Let's see how the PM feels and reacts.

  • Dev Saha
    Friday, December 14, 2012 12:12 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    That was a foregone conclusion right after the murder. AL should take full responsibility of their student wing cadres. Denying the connection is laughable. Politics is fine but killing people in the name of politics won't work.

  • A Bangalee
    Friday, December 14, 2012 12:13 AM GMT+06:00 (165 weeks ago)

    Thanks to The Daily Star for putting in the truth. We believe your reports are right. Keep revealing the truth.





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