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Another Cop Killed by Jamaat

Brutality unbelievable

Policemen look at their colleague, Omar Faruk, lying dead in Jhenidah yesterday. Faruk was killed by Jamaat-Shibir men during a mayhem in the district. A portion of the image has been blurred to spare the readers gory details. Photo: Banglar Chokh

In utter inhumanity, Jamaat-Shibir men yesterday gauged out one eye of a policeman and hacked him indiscriminately to death at Sanatanpur police camp under Harinakundo upazila in Jhinaidah.

With the murder of constable Omar Faruque, the death toll of law enforcers rose to six in a countrywide reign of terror that Jamaat-e-Islami and its student body Islami Chhatra Shibir unleashed on Thursday in protest at the death sentence of war criminal Delawar Hossain Sayedee.

Earlier, four policemen were killed in Gaibandha and one in Chittagong, Additional Inspector General of Police AKM Shahidul Haque told The Daily Star last night.

Another four policemen had been critically injured and were now fighting for life while 300 others had sustained injuries in clashed between Jamaat-Shibir men and law enforcers, he said.

“They [Jamaat-Shibir] want to weaken police's morale by attacking and killing them."

The policemen were either beaten or hacked to death by Jamaat-Shibir men. In some incidents, marauding Jamaat-Shibir activists gauged out eyes of law enforcers and even jabbed a sharp weapon in their heads to confirm the deaths.

The law enforcers fell victim when they tried to resist unruly protesters to save lives and public property. In many cases, they came under attacks all of a sudden.

Attacking law enforcers is not new for Jamaat-Shibir but such attacks has been intensified after the International Crimes Tribunal-1 sentenced Sayedee to death on charges of murder, rape and forced conversion during the 1971 Liberation War.

According to the country's law, any kind of attack on policemen is punitive offence. It is said in the law that the offender will be awarded three years' imprisonment or fine or both if charges of "assault or use of criminal force to deter a public servant from discharging his duty" is proved.

But Jamaat-Shibir men went to the extent that they killed so many law enforcers in the last four days.

One of the most brutal killings took place yesterday at Sanatanpur police camp under Harinakundo upazila where eight policemen had just been deployed to contain law and order situation there.

Over 3,000 Jamaat–Shibir men came rushing to the police post from all direction, taking the law enforcers off guard. They hacked the policemen.

Injured all over his body, Omar Faruque was groaning with pain but the unruly mob continued hacking him. At one point one of his eyes was gauged out. By the time the Jamaat-Shibir men left the scene, Faruque was dead. Four of his colleagues with severe injuries somehow managed their way into hospital.

On Thursday, Jamaat-Shibir men locked at least 19 policemen up in a community centre in Lohagara, Chittagong and set the place on fire after the law enforcers had taken shelter there to escape attacks.

Another group of police then rushed there and rescued them. But one policeman was snatched by Jamaat-Shibir men and hacked to death before he could enter the community centre. To confirm the death of Tarakul Islam, the attackers jabbed a sharp weapon in his head.

Hundreds of Jamaat-Shibir men attacked a police outpost at Banondanga railway station in Sunderganj of Gaibandha on the same day and beaten to death three policemen, who were unarmed at that time.

Injured in the same attack, another policeman died on Friday.

At least 66 people were killed, including the law-enforcers, and scores others injured in the last four days in attacks by Jamaat-Shibir men.

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Both The Awami League led 14 party and the BNP led 18 party are leading the country towards division and destruction. The only way out is to reject both these alliances and look for a new politics.

: Shahed

okay so what is going to happen to the culprits of these crimes? this is why police shouldn't just have BATONS for god's sake. riot police should have more armament and they should be able to use brute force if necessary

: Naved


  • Asif
    Monday, March 4, 2013 01:04 AM GMT+06:00 (153 weeks ago)

    Jamaat and Shibir have been known throughout history for their barbaric actions. The cutting of veins, gauging of eyes is nothing new for them. Why are we surprised at this point? This is an evil institute who never supported the origin of Bangladesh. Lets not mix Islamic values with their convoluted and twisted philosophy. This will be another liberation war and fight to the death to rid this political party once and for all.

  • niloufar sarker
    Monday, March 4, 2013 01:07 AM GMT+06:00 (153 weeks ago)

    This brutality only matches the ones carried out in 71.What is most shocking is that Khaleda Zia is accusing this government of carrying out a genocide.What would be her reaction to this killing? Our law enforcers are showing great restraint under severe provocation.This restraint will be misconstrued by the offenders as weakness.In western countries particularly in U.S. even in a percieved threat to law enforcer is answered with a shooting.That's how law & order is maintained for the greater safety of the community threatened by a few.

  • sparklebeauty
    Monday, March 4, 2013 01:51 AM GMT+06:00 (153 weeks ago)

    I agree with Mr. Shahed. All people in BD should reject these two parties and should bring someone who doesn't belong any BNP and Awami league.

  • Pokraj
    Monday, March 4, 2013 01:52 AM GMT+06:00 (153 weeks ago)

    I totally agree with Mr.Shaheed.

    We have to find an alternative to our present political school.

    I still cannot believe that our tax payers have to bear the salary's and all other pranks of an opposition party, although they do not serve the mandate for which they received peoples vote. This is irrelevant which party is in the opposition.

    All differences can be and should be debated in the parliament and not in the streets of our cities.

    A real democratic society calls for this universal culture ! Jago Bangalee, Jago !!

  • Dr.munirul huq
    Monday, March 4, 2013 01:35 PM GMT+06:00 (153 weeks ago)

    Very sad news. Save the country, Daily Star, only you can do that through your razor sharp pen.

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

    There is proverb that an intelligent man learns from his own mistake and a smart man learns from the mistake of the others. If this government has any learning from the past history, they would have listen to some of the popular demands and won't stand against its own people. Every unnatural death is deplorable and if more than 100 people are killed and you don't see any brutality there then you are making the same mistake. The deliberate attempt to sideline the people's resistance will not hold for long time regardless how you would like to paint them.

  • A senior citizen
    Monday, March 4, 2013 01:42 PM GMT+06:00 (153 weeks ago)

    There is no question of division. There cannot be any division with terrorist elements. The anti-liberation and ant-state elements are the enemies of the nation and they must be handled with total deployment of state machinery as well as patriotic people. The remnants of the Pakistani elements must be rooted out. There is no other way. The government must forget about so-called election strategy and act immediately to save the lives and properties of innocent people, police, religious minorities or else it will loose it's right to govern this nation. Time is running fast.

  • Bappy
    Monday, March 4, 2013 01:41 PM GMT+06:00 (153 weeks ago)

    We need a robust ruler out of all prevailing parties in the country. It cannot be allowed to go like this. All medias are doing partiality. All are divided which is a indication of civil war. May Allah save us all.

  • Faisal
    Monday, March 4, 2013 01:58 PM GMT+06:00 (153 weeks ago)

    This absolutely incompetent govt has a bunch of baboons as advisers and ministers. It has plans to set this country back by several decades by choosing to announce the ICT verdicts one at a time over the next few months. It has plan to set hell loose this year. Why can't it announce all the verdicts simultaneously once all hearings are concluded?

  • Kazi Salim
    Monday, March 4, 2013 04:44 AM GMT+06:00 (153 weeks ago)

    Police officers should be given right to protect their lives by shooting at the attackers. The killers of this patriotic dutyful officers and others killed by the butchers of jamats-Shibirs should be apprehended at any cost and put to adark jail for an indefinate period without any trial. These Razkers-Shibirs have opened their ugly butchery faces and already shown their fierce brutality. If necessary the roads should be kept clean without the ugly faces of those killers Jamatis-Shibirs-Albadors who are engaged with a mission of destroying govt non got private properties , innocent people and police officers as well as the total economy of the country. Definately they have a blueprint with them to sabotage and destroy every thing within their reach. Pakistani ISI might have supplied and been guiding those Razakers -Albadors of 1971.

  • Masud
    Monday, March 4, 2013 06:11 AM GMT+06:00 (153 weeks ago)

    the killing of 4 police is brutality, then how u justified the killing of 70 people by trained police?

    is it not massacre?

  • Khaleda Alam from Canada
    Monday, March 4, 2013 06:15 AM GMT+06:00 (153 weeks ago)

    I would like to ask Khaleda to answer what your Jamaat Shibir did in this picture? They killed one police man, what is it? Are you blinded or there is a cover? You Khaleda will be liable for this kill as a master mind. Allah will not excuse obviously Allah will punish you soon. We will be laughing on you. Now we are crying and when Allah will take action on you we will laugh.

    Always we want at least two parties in Bangladesh for do less crime. But you Khaleda give up the field and it goes to AL. Now AL is only team in field… It is sure AL going to form govt. and JP is going to opposition with only 30 seats like you, and you will get less than 15 seats. This is very sad Khaleda very sad. Paki cannot put you in power. May be USA friend of Paki but this case USA will not help Paki because India is there. Allah Varasha.

  • M.Ashraf
    Monday, March 4, 2013 07:45 AM GMT+06:00 (153 weeks ago)

    This is not the result of Jamaat but the failure of government and the police. Its easy to sit on the high horse and blame miscreants who have no morals. The blame rests on the government which cannot protect its people. It just uses its resources to hide the corruption of minister and party minions. By the way all political parties are equally ruthless. Protest the killings without picking and choosing.

  • mahjabeen
    Monday, March 4, 2013 09:55 AM GMT+06:00 (153 weeks ago)

    These kind of brutality should not go unpunished. The police should bring them under trial.

  • Shahab
    Monday, March 4, 2013 10:33 AM GMT+06:00 (153 weeks ago)

    The killing is highlighted too much. What about those more than 100 people who were killed by police. Do u have any answer?

  • belal
    Monday, March 4, 2013 11:22 AM GMT+06:00 (153 weeks ago)

    we should be aware from violence all kinds of people we want democracy

  • Asad
    Monday, March 4, 2013 12:05 PM GMT+06:00 (153 weeks ago)

    With the precious picture of a policeman lying dead, this concise but laudable news article has shown the dreadful and despicable hallmark of Jamaat-shibirs’ brutality. It has depicted the brutal way they murdered 6 policemen, gauge out an eye of one (in photograph), injured more than 300 policemen, and out of them 4 are fighting for life. Whatever we say about our law enforcers, they are the people who enforce the law, resist the violent protesters to safeguard the lives and peoples properties.

    It is quite disturbing to see the policemen were beaten or hacked to death. If law enforcers are beaten all the time by the Jammat-Shibir men, peoples’ lives and properties may come under attack at any time if this trend of unprecedented brutality is not contained soon.

    As a responsible stakeholder of the society, the Daily Star may take initiative to create awareness among the political leaders, members of the parliament and the government about the danger of such brutal violence against the country’s law enforcers. Distributing a copy of this article (with a brief message) to the above mentioned leaders could be a good idea to start.

  • naabaj
    Monday, March 4, 2013 12:41 AM GMT+06:00 (153 weeks ago)

    This is the barbaric style that Jamaat and its killers used to perpetrate atrocities on liberation lovers of our country. Why these killers are still allowed to live on our sacred soil?





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