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Jamaat-Shibir unleashes another wave of terror in 5 districts during first day of hartal

Stick-wielding Jamaat-Shibir men run riot, vandalising different business centres at an intersection in Bogra town yesterday.Photo: STAR

It was all lies -- outright and outrageous -- but it worked. Jamaat's propaganda machine used a photoshopped image of Delawar Hossain Sayedee's face on the moon yesterday to entice people to unleash a second wave of terror that left at least 19 people, including a policeman, dead in five districts.

Bogra witnessed the worst, as Jamaat-Shibir men assembled locals through repeated announcements over loudspeakers that "Sayedee's face was seen on the moon and it's your holy duty to save him; otherwise, we all will go to hell”. Around 4 in the morning, they launched into attacks on police in different upazilas.

At least nine people were killed in Bogra, six in Joypurhat, two in Rajshahi, one in Satkhira and a policeman in Jhenidah in a deadly spate of violence throughout the day.

Three women were among the dead in Bogra, as Jamaat men used women and children as a human shield during the attacks on law enforcers.

The situation worsened to such an extent that the local administration had to seek the army's help to protect the Shahjahanpur Police Station in Bogra.

At least 63 people have died since Jamaat-Shibir activists went on the rampage on Thursday after a war crimes tribunal sentenced Sayedee to death.

Yesterday was the first day of Jamaat's two-day hartal to protest Thursday's police action.

Meanwhile, Border Guard Bangladesh personnel were deployed in the capital around 8:00pm to ward off violence.

In Bogra, activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir tricked hundreds of villagers into taking to the streets in the early morning, and launching attacks on law enforcers.

They clashed with law enforcers, attacked a police station and six outposts, vandalised and torched different offices. At least four people, including three women, died in Shahjahanpur upazila, three in Bogra Sadar and two in Shibganj upazila.

The violence that began around 4:00am came to a halt after four hours following news of troops deployment. However, army personnel were called back around 6:00pm.

People in different upazilas said they heard announcements over loudspeakers in the early hours on Sunday that Sayedee's image was seen on the moon.

Moved by the announcements, hundreds of people, mostly from Shahjahanpur, Kahalu, Shibganj and Dupchanchia upazilas, came out of their houses and started marching towards Bogra Sadar upazila headquarters, protesting the death penalty to Sayedee.

A few thousand people attacked Shahjahanpur Police Station near the Bogra Cantonment, around 6:00am.

"They beat up policemen indiscriminately in a surprise attack,” Mahmudul Alam, officer-in-charge of the police station, told The Daily Star.

Police opened fire to bring the situation under control, said Bogra Superintendent of Police Mozammel Haq.

Four people died there.

Atiar Rahman, an inspector of the police station, identified the four as Arjinba Begum, 45, Monjila Begum, 48, Achhia Begum, 45, and Abdur Rahman, 60.

The protesters set fire to the house of Momtaz Uddin, president of district AL unit, in the town.

The vandalism continued for nearly 50 minutes. Three more persons died in clashes in Bogra Sadar.

Their identities could not be known.

Section 144 was imposed in Bogra municipality from 7:00am to contain violence, and it would remain in force until further orders, said Arifuzzaman, nezarat deputy collector in Bogra.

In a statement, Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) condemned attacks on the house of FBCCI director Momtaz Uddin, business establishments and the office of Rajshahi Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Joypurhat witnessed a spate of violence, as pro-hartal activists clashed with police in Panchbibi and Sadar upazila. At least six persons were killed and 30 others were hit by bullets during the clashes.

The dead are Nasir Uddin, 18, of Bashkur village, Hasib Uddin, 50, of Baramanik, Forman Ali, 30 of Rasulpur, Abdul Hakim, 32, of Salaipur, Mojidul Islam, 35, of Kashra village, and Abdul Bari, 24, of Rahmatpur village.

Five of them were killed in Panchbibi and the other in Joypurhat sadar, said sources.

Jamaat-Shibir activists swooped on police in front of Joypurhat Palli Bidyut Samity office around 11:00am, prompting police to fire shots. One person was killed on the spot.

Another group of Jamaat men gathered at Panchbibi Bazar to lay siege to the Panchbibi Police Station. As they marched towards the police station, BGB and police personnel fired shots, leaving two persons dead.

Three of the injured later died at Panchbibi Health Complex.

Md Hamidul Islam, superintendent of police in Joypurhat, confirmed that three persons died in the clashes.

However, Fazlur Rahman, Jamaat ameer in Joypurhat, said six persons were killed during the clashes in Panchbibi and Joypurhat.

Section 144 was imposed in Panchbibi and Joypurhat sadar following the clashes.

Jamaat men launched attacks on law enforcers at Godagari upazila in Rajshahi, leaving at least two persons dead and 30 people injured.

The dead are Rafiqul Islam, 12, of Godagari municipality, and Mojahid Hossain, 45, activist of Jamaat municipality unit and Imam of Mohishalbari mosque, said Wahidul Islam, officer-in-charge of Godagari Police Station.

Section 144 was slapped in the municipality for an indefinite period after the clash, said Godagari Upazila Nirbahi Officer Tuhinur Alam.

Witnesses said the clash erupted when more than 500 Jamaat-Shibir men barricaded the Chapainawabganj-Rajshahi highway with logs, and burnt tyres around 9:00am.

Another group of pickets chased law enforcers at the cinema hall intersection, damaged vehicles and threw brickbats at police.

At one stage, the pickets fired shots and threw cocktails at the law enforcers.

In retaliation, police and BGB personnel fired over 100 rounds of rubber bullets to disperse the attackers, said OC Wahidul.

Pro-hartal activists also put up barricades on Chapainawabganj-Rajshahi road at Abhoyer intersection, on Rajshahi-Naogaon road in Mohonpur upazila and Rajshahi-Natore road at Kharkhari around 9:00am.

In Jhenidah, Jamaat-Shibir men hacked to death a policeman and gouged out his eye at Sanatanpur police camp in Harinakundo upazila.

They attacked the police camp, forcing the on-duty policemen to retreat to the headquarters. They soon caught up with the policemen and hacked them indiscriminately.

The Jamaat activists hacked Constable Omar Faruque to death and gouged out his eye.

Several seriously injured policemen were admitted to the hospital.

Nearly 3,000 Jamaat-Shibir and BNP activists also brought out a procession in Harinakundo upazila.

Jamaat men vandalised establishments in the upazila and set fire to government offices. Police lobbed teargas canisters and fired rubber bullets to disperse them.

At least one person was killed and seven others, including three BGB members, were injured in a clash between BGB personnel and Jamaat activists at Raichhpur in Sadar thana, two kilometres away from Satkhira town.

Lt Col Abu Basir of BGB in Satkhira said Jamaat men attacked two BGB vans near the border around 12:00pm, prompting the BGB personnel to fire shots.

A Jamaat supporter was killed and three BGB members were injured in the incident.

A clash between Jamaat men and Awami League activists ensued at Nalta, when ruling party men tried to prevent Jamaat-Shibir activists from carrying out vandalism.

In Chittagong, clashes and gunfights between Jamaat men and Rab personnel left at least 14 people injured at Shekher Khil in Banskhali upazila.

Vehicular movement on Chittagong-Cox's Bazar highway remained suspended, as Jamaat-Shibir men barricaded the highway with logs.

Meanwhile, pro-hartal activists in Pabna put up barricades on the Dhaka-Pabna and Pabna-Kushtia highways after Fajr prayers. They also attacked the house of an AL union unit president and five shops at Ataikula.

Jamaat-Shibir men also felled hundreds of roadside trees and blocked the Cox's Bazar-Teknaf-Arakan road since Saturday night. They also swooped on law enforcers at Ukhia upazila in Cox's Bazar, leaving at least five policemen injured.

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Almost forty two years ago, Bangladesh won its independence from Pakistan in a bloody, scarring war — one whose ghosts still haunt the troubled nation. If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known that we are at all times ready for war against all evil forces.

: Sengupta, Canada

Of the Jamaat and their supporters are not culled now, it will be civil war without end!

: Md Habibur Rahman


  • niloufar sarker
    Monday, March 4, 2013 01:17 AM GMT+06:00 (153 weeks ago)

    Our religious ignorance is exploited by the Jamaat /Shibir. I am sure conservative Islam would term this as shereki to see physical image of human on the moon. If we look closely at the violent crowd, they look like hired goons.

  • Labu Khan
    Monday, March 4, 2013 01:49 AM GMT+06:00 (153 weeks ago)

    Genocide continues in Bangladesh and even children and women are not spared by law enforcing agencies! Jamaat's propaganda is only to challenge the government sponsored media propaganda. Understand from sources that the Army was deployed in Bogra to tackle the situation. The Army should take over if the government fails to bring the situation under control.

  • Ripon
    Monday, March 4, 2013 02:00 AM GMT+06:00 (153 weeks ago)

    Bangladesh is still in the grip of raider. We were attacked in 1971 for our right and now it starts again by the then Pakistan minded people to tarnish the peace of the patriotic people.

  • Barkat
    Monday, March 4, 2013 02:05 AM GMT+06:00 (153 weeks ago)

    If killing is the solution for government than more violent protest is reply from opposition. Government's bullet and opposition's bodies is not a solution. It will lead to a situation where killing and violence will be norm of running the nation. The civil society, army, jurist and senior citizens must intervene and calm the burning situation.If not controlled than it will lead to a catastrophe and every Bangladeshi will pay the price.

  • Nagoril
    Monday, March 4, 2013 02:05 AM GMT+06:00 (153 weeks ago)

    Lot of women are killed by POLICE. That's proved how massacre going on?

  • Mustaq Ahmed,USA
    Monday, March 4, 2013 02:41 AM GMT+06:00 (153 weeks ago)

    Your comments make no sense. Please state your point clearly and simply.

  • Ttruth seeker
    Monday, March 4, 2013 02:41 AM GMT+06:00 (153 weeks ago)

    Wonderful,wonderful Bangladesh is being masmerised by fantasy and false story only to further tarnish Islam in the eyes of others.

    Monday, March 4, 2013 02:54 AM GMT+06:00 (153 weeks ago)

    We need to think. Why abruptly it took so bad shape?

  • Manzoor Ashraf
    Monday, March 4, 2013 03:03 AM GMT+06:00 (153 weeks ago)

    Any party has right to demonstrate peacefully. Almost all the deaths so far were caused by live fire so the fault lies with the evil Awami League Government which is acting like fascist Mussolini and Hitler.

  • Aliminka
    Monday, March 4, 2013 03:05 AM GMT+06:00 (153 weeks ago)

    Khaleda was right to call these deaths genocide even though she never used the word genocide but we are approaching it.

  • Selma
    Monday, March 4, 2013 03:06 AM GMT+06:00 (153 weeks ago)

    Awami League is now acting like 1971 Pakistan Army.

  • Jumana Sarwar
    Monday, March 4, 2013 03:06 AM GMT+06:00 (153 weeks ago)

    A policeman was killed that was brutal, agreed. But how about more than 100 people? Don't you think, they are the citizen of this country and their death has no values because according to you they are Jamaatis'- so they don't have any rights?

  • Razib, UK
    Monday, March 4, 2013 03:10 AM GMT+06:00 (153 weeks ago)

    I don't think, only propaganda worked! People are angry, frustrated and furious, the way government ruling the country.

  • Zaman Rahman
    Monday, March 4, 2013 03:39 AM GMT+06:00 (153 weeks ago)

    How many more lives will be lost for the cause of the death sentence verdict to the war criminals? The government should be held responsible for the unwanted loss of so many lives. Instead of bullets the police could have used other means to prevent violence as they did in the past.

  • N Sultana
    Monday, March 4, 2013 03:54 AM GMT+06:00 (153 weeks ago)

    Is Jamaat shibir showed any act of atrocity at all ? how many jamaat supporter killed by direct and point blank firing ??

  • Mohammed Shah Alam Khan from Ottawa, Canada
    Monday, March 4, 2013 03:59 AM GMT+06:00 (153 weeks ago)

    In Quran this type of terrorism is strictly prohibited. Muslims are follower of Prophet; so Muslim must obey Quran book from Allah through Rasul-Allah (SA). Whoever doing these type of terrorism are not Muslim, they are anti-Islamic.

  • Ahmad Bashir RN
    Monday, March 4, 2013 04:06 AM GMT+06:00 (153 weeks ago)

    I condemn the rioting and vandalism of businesses. This behavior is not justified by the Holy Quran or sunnat of the Holy Prophet(saw). Round up the perpetrators before another Syria erupts.

  • Translucent
    Monday, March 4, 2013 04:13 AM GMT+06:00 (153 weeks ago)

    For God's sake two largest parties of the country, sit down and sort it out. Why don't the elder statesmen bang their heads together and reach an understanding? Jamat being one of the smaller political parties is now controlling the future of this country.

  • Fakhru
    Monday, March 4, 2013 04:48 AM GMT+06:00 (153 weeks ago)

    Could not find the photo in basherkella can anybody post the URL?

  • kobir
    Monday, March 4, 2013 04:56 AM GMT+06:00 (153 weeks ago)

    Now proper and fair news is coming out of bbc and al jazeera.

  • Akram Zaman from Sweden
    Monday, March 4, 2013 05:28 AM GMT+06:00 (153 weeks ago)

    In a nation or in a society if people become victim of injustice, they usully resort to conflict and violence. This picture inflected here on today s Bangladesh.

  • M.Ashraf
    Monday, March 4, 2013 05:39 AM GMT+06:00 (153 weeks ago)

    Bangladesh is a country with a Muslim MAJORITY. The evil forces by the war are in the parliament for allowing law and order to degrade to this situation. It is definitely time for Army intervention.

  • zubair
    Monday, March 4, 2013 05:58 AM GMT+06:00 (153 weeks ago)

    Don't tell me 30 people died just because they believed Saidi came on the moon.

  • Labu Khan
    Monday, March 4, 2013 05:59 AM GMT+06:00 (153 weeks ago)

    Jamaat used a photoshopped image of Delawar Hossain Sayedee's face on the moon not for killing of 19 people in 5 districts. It was government's law enforcing agencies who went on a killing spree on the directives of the home minister.

  • Saiful rana
    Monday, March 4, 2013 06:39 AM GMT+06:00 (153 weeks ago)

    Who will save us?

  • M. Emad
    Monday, March 4, 2013 07:14 AM GMT+06:00 (153 weeks ago)

    Jamaat-Shibir (and their international master) wants to transplant a piece of Pakistan in Bangladesh. 1971 war criminal network should be dismantled.

  • Mustaq Ahmed, Ohio USA
    Monday, March 4, 2013 07:58 AM GMT+06:00 (153 weeks ago)

    The leaders must abandon the principals of vengeance as an official policy.

  • Md. Abul Ali
    Monday, March 4, 2013 08:30 AM GMT+06:00 (153 weeks ago)

    I don't like this condition at all .

  • zerosopher
    Monday, March 4, 2013 09:05 AM GMT+06:00 (153 weeks ago)

    Situation in Pakistan, Libya, Syria has already proven, street cannot bring anything all the times especially at this moment. Therefore all parties should withdraw themselves from the street and forego confrontation. In the regards the government and law enforcing organisations must maintain neutrality and not take side by protecting one group and restraining the other group of citizens.

  • Monday, March 4, 2013 09:17 AM GMT+06:00 (153 weeks ago)

    Jamaat can't shirk responsibilities of killing public although killed by police & other forces. Jamaat are responsible for killing 80%. Government 10% and opposition parties 10%. Jamaat and opposition parties are splashed anarchy. What government is doing right now that could be done by any govern parties instead of Awami.

  • nds
    Monday, March 4, 2013 09:28 AM GMT+06:00 (153 weeks ago)

    I think that the intellectuals those who very often try to support the fundamentalism or religion based politics on the ground of sanctity of the religious feelings and sentiment of the people will take a lesson about how delicate as well as dangerous this sentiment could be. Sentiment without guided by intelligence in most cases could be dangerous particularly in case of collective sentiment. To my mind some fake intellectuals of this country causing the greatest harm to our society only to serve their self interest.

  • Arun,USA
    Monday, March 4, 2013 09:37 AM GMT+06:00 (153 weeks ago)

    Mr. Sen Gupta, please do not add fuel to fire by your war mongering words from Canada. Let Bangladesh find a solution through dialogue, political sagacity and peaceful means, not by bullets which failed in many other countries.

  • Rashed Sarkar
    Monday, March 4, 2013 01:45 PM GMT+06:00 (153 weeks ago)

    Where is the so called Human Right Activists?

  • S K
    Monday, March 4, 2013 09:56 AM GMT+06:00 (153 weeks ago)

    Attacking state-mechanism including Police Stations, police outposts, public vehicles is a crime against the state and such type of crimes should be handled with iron hand aiming to avert bloodshed as much as possible. It appears the Jamaat-Shibir activists don't hesitate to sacrifice their lives and pertinently continue engaging themselves in devastating activities including setting afire minority houses and properties. Let us not forget that Jamaat-Shibir had carried out same kind of heinous activities including killing, looting, arson, rape and genocide during our liberation war in 1971. Now they are showing their earlier faces of 1971 again going to the extent of attacking on police forces, journalists, public vehicles and minority people.

  • Shafiq
    Monday, March 4, 2013 10:28 AM GMT+06:00 (153 weeks ago)

    This is more than a RIOT situation. Why Government is silent?





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