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A shot of the mass gathering at Shahbagh demanding death penalty to all war criminals. The photo was taken around 4:00pm yesterday. Inset- Ahmed Rajib Haidar. Photo: Amran Hossain
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at a Glance:
- Rajib's janaza at Shahbagh intersection today after Asr prayers
- Call made to resist Jamaat's hartal on Monday
- Hoisting of National Flag and singing of National Anthem at all educational institutions Sunday at 10:00am
- Gathering in one hour's notice in case of any untoward incident, violence or compromise over trial
- Grand rally on February 21
- Mass gathering on March 26 marking 20th forming anniversary of People's Court

A blogger and activist of Shahbagh movement was found stabbed dead last night, hours after the organisers decided to discontinue from today the 24-hour blockade.

The killing prompted the organisers to abandon a plan to demonstrate in front of National Museum from 3:00pm to 10:00pm every day.

The victim, Ahmed Rajib Haidar, lived with his brother Newaz Mortoza Haidar at Palash Nagar in the capital's Mirpur area. Police found the body, bearing several stabs, near his house.

Outraged, the Shahbagh protesters demanded immediate arrest of the killers and banning pro-Jamaat blog Sonarbangla that had been carrying out propaganda against Rajib over the last few days.

They also called upon the nation to resist the countrywide hartal called by Jamaat for Monday.

The protesters have also observed one-minute silence last night and they will wear black badges this morning to mourn for Rajib.

His namaz-e-janaza will be held at the Shahbagh intersection after Asr prayers today.

Rajib, 30, an architect, was active on Amarblog under the nickname, Thaba Baba. He posted many blogs on the Liberation War and Jamaat activities.

About eight hours before being murdered, Rajib posted a status on Facebook calling upon the people to boycott Jamaat's media houses, coaching centres, cultural organisations and commercial institutions.

Earlier, blogger Imran H Sarkar at the grand rally yesterday announced a plan to hold seven-hour protest daily, considering sufferings of people, especially patients at two adjacent hospitals.

Imran, also the convener of Blogger and Online Activist Network, reading out the declaration of the rally, said, “This struggle will continue until we achieve victory... none of us will leave the streets.”

Imran reiterated they were not dependent on any particular political party, but on the support of the people.

The organisers also announced that they would hold a grand rally on March 26 marking the twentieth anniversary of Shaheed Janani Jahanara Imam-led Gana Adalat (people's court).

Jahanara Imam, the mother of a martyred freedom fighter, set up the court asking for the people's verdict against war criminals of 1971.

The organisers of the movement -- which began on February 5 hours after war criminal Quader Mollah was sentenced to life imprisonment -- called upon all educational institutions to hoist the national flag and sing the National Anthem at 10:00am on Sunday.

The grand rally began a little after 3:00pm yesterday. Songs composed for Shahbagh movement and the National Anthem sung by demonstrators inaugurated the rally.

The protesters commemorated Zahurul Haq, who was killed on February 15, 1969 while he was under trial. He was one of the 35 persons accused in the Agartala conspiracy case.

His murder intensified the mass movement against West Pakistan and the government was forced to withdraw the case seven days after his death.

The leaders of different student organisations addressing the rally demanded justice for war crimes and ban on Jamaat-Shibir activities.

“If the Nazi party can be banned, why can't we ban Jamaat?” said Saiful Zaman, president of Samajtantrik Chhatra Front.

Rabi, a standard-II student of Bangladesh International School and College, came to the rally with a placard reading, "My grandfather was present at the Race Course Maidan in 1971. I am present at Shahbagh."

Tofazzal Hossain, a businessman of Lalbagh area, said he had boycotted Islami Bank, a financial institution allegedly linked to Jamaat.

Shefard Shaon Sarkar, a final year student of Brac University said it is very necessary to boycott all the organisations of Jamaat.

Some Language Movement heroes came to the rally to express their solidarity with the movement.

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni, economist Prof Abul Barakat, writer Mohammad Zafar Iqbal, Vice-chancellor of Jahangirnagar University Prof Anwar Hossain, writer Syed Shamsul Haq, cartoonist Ahsan Habib, writer Humayun Ahmed's mother Ayesha Foyez, among others, were present.

Rajib's aunt Nurun Nahar said, “He told me that he will go to Shahbagh after lunch.”

“At about 9:00pm, we saw a body about 6-7 feet far from the main gate of the house.”

Neighbours could not identify him immediately as his face was marked with indiscriminate stabs.

Local lawmaker Elias Uddin Mollah alleged Jamaat was behind Rajib's killing as the deceased was involved in Shahbagh movement.

Abdul Latif Sheikh, officer-in-charge of Pallabi Police Station, told The Daily Star they were yet to know who murdered Rajib.

Abdur Rouf, a witness, said, “When I saw the body, Rajib's mobile phone was ringing. His laptop was beside him.”

“I saw marks of stabs in his chin and cheek”, he said, adding “I saw a blood soaked machete near the body.”

Locals said people were busy watching BPL match that is why they did not heard any commotion.

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Why is Dipu Moni there? She is a pro Indian softy and should be banned from Shahbagh.

: rch

The years of misrule by the present government as seen in influencing the judiciary of Bangladesh with party agenda, in abduction and disappearance of Ilais Ali or Chowdhruy Alom ,in the widespread of corruption in public sector, in looting the banks and share market, in open killing of Biswajit and many other civilians, and many more conveyed a clear message to the people and political activists of the country that killing, murder, abduction, corruption, looting etc. are so easy in the country that anybody can be killed, abducted, corrupted and robbed even if he/she belongs to the heart of the millions of the people of Bangladesh. We condemn the killing and also condemn the factors that made killing so easy in Bangladesh. The failure goes to the Government as it has failed to provide him with the basic right of security and safety to Ahmad Rajib Haidar in a situation when such a possibility was very muck likely.

: Md. Russell Talukder


  • bangladeshi
    Saturday, February 16, 2013 02:40 AM GMT+06:00 (277 weeks ago)

    Like Sagar & Runi, this brother's death will also become a passing affair.

  • Saif Islam
    Saturday, February 16, 2013 02:49 AM GMT+06:00 (277 weeks ago)

    The killers of Rajib Haider are to be identified immediately and brought to justice. Otherwise the country might spiral down to a vicious cycle of violence.

    Although unpleasant, it is true that extremist bloggers like Thaba Baba are liabilities to the Shahabag movement. If they really believe in the spirit of this movement, they must consciously keep themselves away. Otherwise all our gains will be lost.

  • Truth Teller
    Saturday, February 16, 2013 02:50 AM GMT+06:00 (277 weeks ago)

    First we have to make sure that the killing was done by Jamaat-Shibir activists. Then it will be a total war!

  • Labu Khan
    Saturday, February 16, 2013 02:55 AM GMT+06:00 (277 weeks ago)

    It is really unfortunate that a life was lost and that too of a blogger who was vocal in the war crimes trial sentencing. It is really a mystery that the victim was found dead near his house. Without jumping into any conclusions, the police should find out the real killers and punish them immediately. I am afraid and it seems that these online bloggers are now at war with each other over this war crimes trial issue.

  • ShamimH
    Saturday, February 16, 2013 03:10 AM GMT+06:00 (277 weeks ago)

    This is a test both for the people and the Government. It is time to go after these people with the power of law and put them behind bars, before it is too late.

  • Iqbal uddin
    Saturday, February 16, 2013 03:54 AM GMT+06:00 (277 weeks ago)

    We have to begin a new liberation war against jamat-shibir.pls come on n ignore jamat's hartal.

  • Barkat
    Saturday, February 16, 2013 03:55 AM GMT+06:00 (277 weeks ago)

    With passing of times its seems the Shahbagh moment is heading towards a political proxy war between the pro government and its opposition. The activist are making claims on Jamaat even before the investigation is started. If this is the rule of blame game than opposition are right to claim that their missing MP Ilyas Ali was killed or abducted by AL government. Hope and pray that nothing but truth prevails.

  • Khalid U.K.
    Saturday, February 16, 2013 04:06 AM GMT+06:00 (277 weeks ago)

    To us it looks like another plot by the Authority to keep up the rallies and fuel the ongoing agitations under the guidance of vested groups. These so called students leaving their studies have assembled only to serve hidden purpose of the Govt. We can only regret such unholy actions. we also apprehend Govt is trying to destabilise the country with a planned blueprint to enable a third force of their choice to intervene to ensure their continuation in power.We understand a huge amount of money has been spent to keep these young minds engaged in such a way. This so called trial in only a pretext. The country is being doomed day by day and all these are for power.

  • Misir Ali
    Saturday, February 16, 2013 04:43 AM GMT+06:00 (277 weeks ago)

    We all know well who murdered Rajib. We also know that the murderer want to instill fear in us. If they think we'll be immobilised by fear, they're living in a fool's paradise. Now if they put the Mount Everest before us, we will climb it, insha-Allah!

  • Kazi Salim
    Saturday, February 16, 2013 04:47 AM GMT+06:00 (277 weeks ago)

    It is a planned murder by the Jamat-Shibirs to thwart the ongoing demonstration against the Razkers-Albadors. Probably these thugs of Jamt-Shibir might have a blueplan to kill,kidnap some of the organizers. All the members of the organizers have to take maximum precaution in their movements. If necessary govt should give them necessary protection. Govt's security agencies should give the organizers necessary directives on their own safety and security. The govt and people should take allout security measures to thwart any sabotge and secret plan of those Razakers-Albadors. They can do any thing like 1971. The murder of this valient and patriotic blogger indicates that he has been killed by the gang of either Shibir or jamat. Rab and police should conduct a combing operation findout , identify and arrest those killers where Rajib was living. In central Dhaka and its adjacent suburbs, wards,District,Upo Zila,Union should be formed with watchdogs, vigilence teams against possible sabotage by the thugs and killers of 1971 Razaker-Albadors . I salute Ahmed Rajib and pay tributes for his outstanding contributions in making the Shabagh gatherings a grand success. His murder will not go in vain rather, it will invigorate; intensify,strengthened the ongoing mass gatherings day by day with new spirits May Allah bless him.

  • M Sarwar
    Saturday, February 16, 2013 04:49 AM GMT+06:00 (277 weeks ago)

    Very tragic and ironic too. He's has been promoting anarchy, hatred and bloodshed. At the end he'd fallen victim of the pitfall he's been so passionately advocating. We need to stop this madness, before it is too late. We need to promote a society to tolerance and respect for different opinions and views. Wake up people.

  • James Peris
    Saturday, February 16, 2013 04:56 AM GMT+06:00 (277 weeks ago)

    Your name will remain with all other martyred who sacrificed their lives for the welfare of our nation.

  • Shabbir A Bashar
    Saturday, February 16, 2013 08:46 AM GMT+06:00 (277 weeks ago)

    This is a very sad and tragic turn of events. Bangladesh is a divided nation focused on the past at the cost of the present and the future. A culture of impunity, disorder, repression prevails over any concrete and conclusive efforts to get to the bottom of an event.

  • ShamimH
    Saturday, February 16, 2013 10:28 AM GMT+06:00 (277 weeks ago)

    This event seems spiraling into something it should not be - no one is supposed to get hurt. Yet, we forget what a dangerous group the Jamaat and their cohorts were in '71 and are the same now. The Government needs to be more active with its security forces and clamp down on this groups continuing violent attacks.

  • Asad Zaman
    Saturday, February 16, 2013 10:59 AM GMT+06:00 (277 weeks ago)

    The government and the people must bring these savagely cruel fanatics -- who killed this young architect/blogger because he expressed his thoughts and opinions in his personal website -- to justice.

  • Sizuka flora
    Saturday, February 16, 2013 11:48 AM GMT+06:00 (277 weeks ago)

    I salute u rajib bro!!

    & i hate this type of muslim like jamat-shibir!coz they r nt muslim,they r killer!!!

  • SAAD
    Saturday, February 16, 2013 12:00 PM GMT+06:00 (277 weeks ago)

    I never think about it. I want their arrest .

  • jahangir
    Saturday, February 16, 2013 12:09 PM GMT+06:00 (277 weeks ago)

    This man was against Jamaat. he used to post many context against Jamaat Activities because he was a Awami Broker. Hundreds of war criminals are involved in awami activities but they are not arrested. it is obvious that the war crime tribunal is political motivated.





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