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BCL men, involved

Admit 3 of 6 accused, had direct role in Bishwajit murder

Three detained students of Jagannath University yesterday confessed to the murder of 24-year-old tailor Bishwajit Das during an opposition blockade early this month.

In their separate statements to a magistrate, Rafiqul Islam Shakil, Mahfuzur Rahman Nahid and Rasheduzzaman Shaon also said they are activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL).

On the morning of December 9, they brought out an anti-blockade procession led by Jagannath University BCL President SM Shariful Islam and General Secretary Sirajul Islam.

The students said while marching in the procession near Bahadur Shah Park, close to their university, they heard explosion.

“We saw a man running; we thought he was escaping after exploding cocktail,” Shakil, who was seen in news photos and videos hacking Bishwajit with a machete, said in his statement. “Shaon and I hit Bishwajit with iron rods.”

The investigation officer of Bishwajit murder case produced Shakil, Nahid and Shaon -- who are among the six students taken earlier on eight-day remand -- before Metropolitan Magistrate Mohammad Erfan Ullah yesterday.

Yesterday, a Dhaka court extended the remand of two of the students -- HM Kibria and Kaiyum Mia -- for three days. Another student who is on remand is Saiful Islam.

Four others -- Mamun-ur Rashid, Faruk Hossain, Mosleuddin Muslim and Nahiduzzaman Tuhin -- have been shown arrested in the murder case, although they have no criminal record.

The trio told the magistrate the president and general secretary were standing at a distance while they were beating up Bishwajit near the park, taking him for a pro-blockade supporter.

They named Kibria, Yunus, Mostafa and several others who took part in the killing, and added that Rajon, a fourth-year student, hacked Bishwajit with a machete-like weapon several times.

Talking to The Daily Star, an investigator preferring anonymity said they got some names who ordered the BCL cadres to go tough if pro-blockade men create anarchy.

The three students in their statements said they were involved with the pro-ruling party organisation, the officer added.

The Prime Minister's Office on Dec 13 claimed nobody from Chhatra League killed Bishwajit, although news photographers and videos already had made it clear who hacked the youth to death in broad daylight.

Investigation Officer of the case, Tajul Islam, quoted the three as saying more than 15 persons had attacked Bishwajit.

Another investigator, requesting anonymity, said, “We are trying to nab the rest of the attackers on the basis of these confessional statements.”

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It is rightly said that Biswajit's death was symptomatic of the moral vacuum that has been fostered. Ultimately, it is those who created it who must bear responsibility.

: Sengupta, Canada

Who will give us justice for the heinous murder of Bishwajit? Now that they have confessed and video footage confirmed that they are the cadets of BCL. Who will do justice to make sure they are punished. Will the PM and her misters continue to defend these criminals, simply because they are the members of the ruling party? Who will do justice? Or will they walk scoot free and continue to mock the law and the country. How many times you will flaunt the law, because you are part of the ruling party? Why people who have been involved with corruption and caught red-handed are running scoot free at the cost of the country? To protect the 2 ruling party ministers the economically critical Padma bridge funding is on hold. 340 Biman passengers are made to suffer 24 hours because the President goes moody in London.

: Akhtar Hossain


  • naabaj
    Monday, December 24, 2012 02:33 AM GMT+06:00 (164 weeks ago)

    Whatever the political party these criminals and killers belong, they must be tried by appropriate state laws to prosecute and punish accordingly.

  • nuton
    Monday, December 24, 2012 02:49 AM GMT+06:00 (164 weeks ago)

    I do not care AL and its allies, BNP and its allies or other party men, these abnormal persons for their heinous act should have fair trial which is ‘death’.

  • Selma
    Monday, December 24, 2012 02:57 AM GMT+06:00 (164 weeks ago)

    I am sure they will be pardoned by the President with safe passage to India.

  • Tirtho Mahmud
    Monday, December 24, 2012 02:57 AM GMT+06:00 (164 weeks ago)

    Ha ha, I am smiling at the comment by Outspoken. I hope none would miss the tragic sarcasm in his comment.

  • Barkat
    Monday, December 24, 2012 03:23 AM GMT+06:00 (164 weeks ago)

    My deep sympathy and sorrow to Bishwajit's family. But ever since his murder, I just ask myself one question. Had this innocent victim name was Mohammed or Ahmed, the same BCL, AL and police would have made up a story that he was a Shibir-Jamaat terrorist and was caught and killed while fleeing. Even though that innocent man have nothing to do with politics just as Bishwajit. I do not know if some others do share the similar view.

  • Abdur Rahman
    Monday, December 24, 2012 03:27 AM GMT+06:00 (164 weeks ago)

    In the name of students, they admitted into the university. They actually want to harass fair students in various ways. A truth student can not beat or kill a normal man. I want right justice so that no one can do that.

  • Mr. Nayim
    Monday, December 24, 2012 03:34 AM GMT+06:00 (164 weeks ago)

    Why is this brutality in the name of politics? Where are the morality and principles of student politics? Are these beastly killer would be leaders? Shame for those who manipulated them and curse on these dunce who sold them at a cheap rate.

  • Iqbal Hossain
    Monday, December 24, 2012 03:56 AM GMT+06:00 (164 weeks ago)

    They are the new Razakars. Their trial must be in front of public. They have no right to attack any other man of anti-government. I think those who gave the leading such kind of animosity, their must be belongs to tribunal case.

  • Manzoor Ashraf
    Monday, December 24, 2012 05:11 AM GMT+06:00 (164 weeks ago)

    Since we have video and still photo evidences on YouTube and elsewhere so can we get them hung fast please because quicker they are cancelled from our law abiding gene pool the better.

  • GR
    Monday, December 24, 2012 07:13 AM GMT+06:00 (164 weeks ago)

    Only capital punishment may deter these heinous crimes by student political activists. Ban all political activities in educational campuses. Crime is a crime and criminals do not belong to any party. Politicians should disown them totally.

  • kishore
    Monday, December 24, 2012 08:09 AM GMT+06:00 (164 weeks ago)

    This type of ‘emotional burst’ does not belong to only one party or group. This is a common sentiment we all have inherited by virtue of our present political culture. Already a permanent genetic change has been imprinted in our depth of mind- this is called “Bangla sentiment”- we are too emotional, out of balance and probably ‘going off our head’. In the same situation if BNP or Jamaat was there, I cannot believe that the fate would be different. We have to think in this way towards the permanent solution of the problem. So, who is to blame? If we want to blame anybody that should be our leaders, the so-called leaders who are enjoying the interest at the expense of our future generation through nasty student politics. Our teachers are also not exempted, they are wearing ‘white’, black’, ‘green’ jerseys instead of doing research. I hate them too. The parents who have lost ‘Bishwajit’ and also the parents who are going to lose their culprit children (if they are hanged really!) can go to the court against the leaders for misleading their children stray. However, for the moment, strong and exemplary (unpardonable) punishment is the first step to prevent the crimes relating to any murder or rape.

  • Minu
    Monday, December 24, 2012 08:24 AM GMT+06:00 (164 weeks ago)

    Can we expect any justice from our castrated judicial system?

  • Asad Zaman
    Monday, December 24, 2012 11:39 AM GMT+06:00 (164 weeks ago)

    The most important thing here is that the real culprits were arrested in time (without delay). And they will certainly be punished. But, to emphasise often that they are BCL men is not crucial here, because all parties have these elements. Remember, a healthy human being, an innocent bus driver, was burn to death while he was sleeping inside a bus that came under arson attack by the BNP led hooligans. But media was not that active to bring this party issue at that time. But in Bishwajit murder case, the culprits could be BCL men, and it is the AL-government that arrested them quickly. So I do not see any big problem. The problem will arise if they are not punished according to their crime. Thus too much emphasis on BCL is not helpful. Crime may take place, but criminal must be brought to justice, and that seems to be an aspect of good governance too.

  • Dev Saha
    Monday, December 24, 2012 12:23 AM GMT+06:00 (164 weeks ago)

    The Chatra league cadres do not have people' mandate to maintain law and order in any neighbor hood that they control. Concentrate onto your University studies and make your parents proud! These kind of vigilant activities are not required nor desirable.

  • Outspoken
    Monday, December 24, 2012 12:39 AM GMT+06:00 (164 weeks ago)

    whatever they say, the BCL activists are the heroes of the land. Perhaps by being bribed by the 'rajakars' the law enforcing authority is forcing them to confess the false accusation. BCL activists cannot commit crimes. Remember they are our pro-liberation force. How can they commit crimes? Actually, what is being published in the media is a fiction and what is being aired in the TV channels is nothing but a film -- a conspiracy to damage the popularity of Awami League govt.

  • Jumana Sarwar
    Monday, December 24, 2012 12:41 AM GMT+06:00 (164 weeks ago)

    They are involved, so what? they will be pardoned by the highest office of the republic.





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