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Twenty cops assaulted

Shibir pledges peaceful processions, ends up with targeted attacks on police

Cadres of Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir beat up a policeman with sticks even after the victim had fallen to the ground motionless at Narayanganj yesterday. The activists brought out processions in the town demanding the withdrawal of war crimes trials and release of top Jamaat leaders and attacked policemen on duty. Photo: Focus Bangla

They promised peaceful rallies and processions. They got permission. The result -- at least 20 policemen injured, two critically.

In keeping with the pattern of their assaults on the law enforcers over the last few months, Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir yesterday brutally attacked police in Narayanganj, Bogra, Bagerhat and Joypurhat.

In the capital, stick-wielding Jamaat-Shibir activists brought out a procession in Bijoynagar area. They blasted hand-made bombs before staging a rally at Shapla Chattar.

Mehedi Hasan, additional deputy commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (Motijheel), told reporters that Jamaat-e-Islami had promised to stage a peaceful procession and rally. “That's why we gave the permission.”

Witnesses said there was no resistance or provocation from the cops yesterday, yet the Jamaat-Shibir cadres ran riot in the capital and elsewhere, beating up police.

Narayanganj witnessed fierce violence as Jamaat-Shibir went on the rampage, blasting cocktails and assaulting police.

At least 15 policemen were wounded in the mayhem with Sergeant Delowar and ASI Abu Jafar critically hurt.

Before the attack on Delowar and his colleagues, the activists had assured police that they would just hold a peaceful rally on Chashara intersection.

“But soon, Jamaat-Shibir men -- many with sticks and brick chips in bags -- took position at Sayam Plaza, Khanpur Hospital and Tolaram College points.

“All of a sudden, they launched synchronised attacks on police from three sides,” Narayanganj Superintendent of Police Shaikh Nazmul Alam told The Daily Star.

“It seemed their attack was pre-planned and guided by senior leaders holed up nearby.”

Videos and photographs show Shibir men indiscriminately hitting Delowar with large sticks, pelting him with brick chips and kicking him until he lapsed into unconsciousness.

Jamaat-Shibir men also attacked from behind a group of police personnel standing in front of the Shaheed Minar, locals said.

Later, additional police force turned up and fired over 30 rubber bullets and several tear-gas shells to save their fellows. Some of the activists were injured at that time.

At least five cops suffered injuries in Bogra, Bagerhat and Joypurhat in the clashes yesterday.

While enforcing hartal in Bogra, Jamaat-Shibir men hurled several cocktails at a police van in the morning. Police were seen trying to save themselves hiding inside the van.

On January 31, the Jamaat called the dawn-to-dusk hartal protesting the killing of its three members.

During the hartal hours, they blasted at least four cocktails in front of Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Hospital.

They also vandalised seven vehicles on the Bogra-Dhaka highway at Sherua Bottola area around 8:00am.

In Bagerhat, the officer-in-charge of Rampal Police Station said, a group of Jamaat-Shibir cadres attacked police from a procession in the afternoon. Two of the activists were detained.

In Joypurhat town, the activists attacked a police van.

Meanwhile, Jamaat in a press release announced protest rally across the country tomorrow demanding the government stop the war crimes trial and unconditionally release its leaders. It also threatened to enforce a countrywide non-stop hartal if its demands were not met.

Fearing verdicts in the war crimes trial, Jamaat and its student front started a campaign of terror last year, mostly targeting police, claiming they were not being allowed to hold “peaceful” procession and rallies.

The trial of those who committed war crimes and crimes against humanity during the Liberation War has been a national demand since the birth of Bangladesh in 1971.

Ahead of the 2008 general election, the Awami League pledged to try the war criminals if voted to power. The party won a landslide victory in the December 29 polls, and later the Jatiya Sangsad unanimously passed a proposal for the trial.

Some top leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami are among those on trial. The party acted against the birth of the nation by collaborating with the Pakistani occupation forces in committing crimes including genocide, rape and arson.

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When police (AL) are killing the Shibir or the opposition you have a totally different tone. Now you are crying. All violent activities are bad including this one and when AL kills the shibir. Every action has a reaction.

: Dr. Khalequz Zaman

We can not afford this sort of chaos anymore. We are a growing nation and we can not waste time like this. Jamaat must be given to do normal politics, like what AL has been doing-no less, no more. The govt must ensure that and that is why they are paid for from the public tax. We are paying ministers their salaries and benefits not to create chaos but to maintain peace, order and safety for the citizens.

: Vampire knight

Comments

  • delewer
    Sunday, February 3, 2013 01:11 AM GMT+06:00 (81 weeks ago)

    A film style beating up. The people should ask Khaleda who is behind the screen providing Jamaat with fuel. Hoang Ho River is the sorrow of china and Jamaat is the sorrow of BNP. BNP ought to remember that in respect of Jamaat, people are unanimous. Khaleda Zia, you are not entitled to play with the fortune of the nation. Be aware to face the dire consequences as the remuneration for your backing up the Jamaat.

  • politica
    Sunday, February 3, 2013 01:36 AM GMT+06:00 (81 weeks ago)

    How should all feel now? The reverse action is here, many more are in the pipeline, perhaps, because the Islamist has been let loose with tyranny and political patronage at home and abroad. Be aware that Bangladesh having 85% Muslim population, basically fatalists, night turn to any direction from safe heaven of terrorists to a non-democratic state struggling to back to semi-democratic order, a very difficult proposition to see achieved having multiple growth of interested quarters to see Bangladesh fails as a state. A note of warning to politicians to think before they proceed further to make the country dysfunctional.

  • commenter
    Sunday, February 3, 2013 01:59 AM GMT+06:00 (81 weeks ago)

    Where are photojournalists to take pictures and identify them with red mark?

  • Roni Rahman
    Sunday, February 3, 2013 02:00 AM GMT+06:00 (81 weeks ago)

    When law-enforcer and administration lose their moral authority by abusing their power in persecuting, beating, arresting and killing of political opponents, at some point the fear bar breaks and people do take it upon themselves and make their own rule. The ensuing anarchy does not serve anyone and the govt is the only entity who is responsible in failing to maintain the law and order.

  • narayan
    Sunday, February 3, 2013 02:10 AM GMT+06:00 (81 weeks ago)

    Time has come to seek forgiveness of Pakistan and join back. See how many people are against Bangladesh?

  • naabaj
    Sunday, February 3, 2013 02:18 AM GMT+06:00 (81 weeks ago)

    While it is ethical and prudent for the ruling party to bear with this Jamaat's anarchism to respect the spirit of democracy, people should discard these traitors of our liberation to the dustbin otherwise if the come to power along with BNP, Bangladesh will be another trash for humanity as it is Pakistan now. USA govt. should make it a note too and see that is a valid evidence of what lies Khaleda Zia's radical opinion and sedation against our country.

  • naabaj
    Sunday, February 3, 2013 02:37 AM GMT+06:00 (81 weeks ago)

    What a strange? How the supporters of war criminals and those who committed heinous crimes against humanity during the Liberation War to stop the birth of Bangladesh can come out in day light on the street to press home their illegal demand. If this is allowed with no deterrent punishment very soon the supporters of all crimes will follow and the country will be plunged into serious anarchy killing democracy and peace and economic and social progress. People should come out to directly oppose these illegal activities.

  • Mufassil Islam
    Sunday, February 3, 2013 04:53 AM GMT+06:00 (81 weeks ago)

    What goes around comes around. Not too long ago Awami League leader called for 'Loggi Boitha' to demand so-called justice and now the opposition adopted the same tactic. The chicken has come home to roost. Handle it.

  • Misbah Uddin Sumon
    Sunday, February 3, 2013 05:05 AM GMT+06:00 (81 weeks ago)

    We are really afraid of the future of Bangladesh! We know from civics, politics is for the welfare of people, society and country. Today this theory is just a theory not followed by government or oppositions that’s why we are not safe anywhere. Last night, two hand-made bombs were blasted in front of my hall what made us worried about the assault at hall. Our parents are anxious about upcoming days of government and oppositions. Anyone cannot prognosticate what vandalising situation we have to confront in near future. Conscious people have to create awareness to avoid this political instability.

  • Shafiq
    Sunday, February 3, 2013 05:06 AM GMT+06:00 (81 weeks ago)

    Bangladesh govt is a proxy of India and the United States. The fact that the so- called war crimes trial were tainted with false evidence and outside interference makes a mockery of the values that people fought for in 1971. Who will try the Bangladeshi govt for its corruption and stealing the wealth of the Bangladeshi people?

  • Rohan Sudarsan
    Sunday, February 3, 2013 05:50 AM GMT+06:00 (81 weeks ago)

    Bangladesh police deserve this for they are so politicised by the government.

  • Kazi Salim
    Sunday, February 3, 2013 07:23 AM GMT+06:00 (81 weeks ago)

    Firstly, it was a great blunder for the police to believe those liars and hypocrites and give permission to this thugs and killers for bringing out procession. Secondly, police should have fired at them (not teargas) to protect themselves from being attacked and assaulted. Now the police should impose curfew in Narayanganj to nab all those Shibir cadres, thugs and punish by a summery trial. What happened to CCTV s in Narayanganj? Are they working or not? Those cadres are looking like a killing squad in their outfits and actions. Police should get ready and well prepared to face those cadres with all sorts of protective gears and weapons.

  • MD.BASHIR
    Sunday, February 3, 2013 08:04 AM GMT+06:00 (81 weeks ago)

    Report on Jamaat is completely fabricated because if they attacked without any provocation, they would attack in Dhaka but there is no report of casualties in Dhaka. In Narayanganj, when the Jamaat supporters were gathering at Shaheed Minar, the police on duty were warning them repeatedly not gather at that place and at one stage they start to baton charge to disperse the crowd and the conflict was inevitable. That police force who report against Jamaat are ruling party supporter and they do not behave like state body.

  • Alex
    Sunday, February 3, 2013 09:27 AM GMT+06:00 (81 weeks ago)

    It is about time, someone takes charge on these so-called police of the government. Police officials of Bangladesh are acting like a goon of the present government and harming the people. The beating scene of the police should be solace to those people whom Police tortured and killed.

  • Md. Jasim Uddin
    Sunday, February 3, 2013 09:53 AM GMT+06:00 (81 weeks ago)

    It is time to deal with the Jamaat-Shibir by mass people like the way they did in 1971 when Pak army support even couldn't help them.

  • Asad
    Sunday, February 3, 2013 10:05 AM GMT+06:00 (81 weeks ago)

    Why is the RAB of Bangladesh so silent when police are so badly beaten up by the hooligans? It is disturbing to see the police officers or law enforcers are beaten to unconscious by those hooligans. The law enforcers must use all sorts of non-lethal means such as water-cannon, pepper spray and other conventional and effective means to contain those violent law-breakers.

  • Md. Ismile
    Sunday, February 3, 2013 10:18 AM GMT+06:00 (81 weeks ago)

    My salute to the Bangladesh Police for showing outmost restraint on the face of brutal attacks refusing to be instigated and drawn into a conflict where it has to fire upon whom it protects. Bangladesh Police has set up an example for Police all over the world, who till now had labelled our force as human rights violator. We stand by the families of all policemen to pray for their safety and wellbeing.

  • TAWFIK SATTAR
    Sunday, February 3, 2013 10:33 AM GMT+06:00 (81 weeks ago)

    Govt lost all control for their worst overall running of the country. Unabated huge breadth of corruption, massive looting of nationalised banks, worst ever law and order situation and 4-year long reign of terror of Chhatra League made people disgruntled and dejected unthinkably. Jamaat-Shibir is just littering paraffin in people’s furry and going untouched.

  • Ahsan Kabir
    Sunday, February 3, 2013 10:57 AM GMT+06:00 (81 weeks ago)

    I think there are two-fold reasons of police being so helpless and getting assaulted critically by Jamaat-Shibir men; firstly, they are few in number, less equipped and weakly trained to withstand such type of blow from an unfettered force and secondly, a section of pro-government police are discontented with govt's naked discrimination in favour of police hailing from Gopalganj despite some more competent with govt's loyalty are available from other districts. In every metropolis and politically strategic districts, all thana are headed by Gopalganj. Our PM is still in hibernation with respect to many things on which she should immediately act wisely. I urge her to get rid of Gopalganj dependence to remove anti-Gopalganj sentiment among police forces because they will not spare her also as soon as they get scope.


 

 


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