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Anarchy, not rally

Instead of holding their scheduled rally, Jamaat-e-Islami yesterday once again resorted to widespread violence in the capital.

Apparently, they have adopted the strategy to call a rally at one place and launch planned attacks elsewhere, especially to take the law enforcers by surprise.

The party and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir yesterday carried out simultaneous flash attacks at Karwan Bazar, Arambagh, Motijheel and Panthapath around 1:35pm.

Police and witnesses told The Daily Star that about two hours before their scheduled rally at the south gate of Baitul Mokarram mosque in Paltan area at 3:00pm, Jamaat-Shibir men equipped with firearms, iron rods and sticks launched planned simultaneous attacks.

Each of the attacks did not last more than 10 minutes and like before, the Jamaat-Shibir cadres vanished in the crowd after the attacks, added police and witnesses.

Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Tejgaon Monzurul Kabir said the Jamaat-Shibir men had adopted the strategy of posing as pedestrians, especially during the violence in Karwan Bazar area.

"All on a sudden, around 200 Jamaat-Shibir men began vandalising vehicles at Karwan Bazar and after 10 minutes they got mixed with the panicking crowd," said the DC.

Meanwhile, Jamaat Assistant Secretary General of Dhaka city unit Shafiqul Islam Masud said they could not hold the scheduled rally due to police obstruction.

The party, however, did not announce any fresh programme yesterday.

On February 9, Jamaat termed the countrywide demonstrations, including the one at Shahbagh, a government plot to create anarchy in the country. It had also declared to stage demonstrations across the country for yesterday for, what they said to protest against the countrywide anarchy patronised by the government to implement its political agenda.

However, none of the Jamaat-Shibir leaders were seen at the rally venue yesterday. This correspondent was present in Paltan area from 2:00pm to 3:00pm. Only members of police and Rapid Action Battalion were found around the rally venue.

According to Deputy Commissioner of Motijheel zone Anwar Hossain, the Jamaat-Shibir men had launched the planned attacks to create anarchy in the city and blame law enforcers of barring their rally.

"We asked Jamaat not to hold any rally today [yesterday], as people have been waging protest against Jamaat-Shibir across the country. For their safety, we requested them to postpone their programme. But instead, they carried out violence," he added.

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  • Khaleda Alam from Canada
    Wednesday, February 13, 2013 07:01 AM GMT+06:00 (156 weeks ago)

    Could I ask question to DC police: where are you guys when Jamaat-Shibir did the terrorism with the country man whom you are supposed to give saving gourde? You could insult the Member of Parliament who are the representative of people who you suppose to salute? How come we believed that the source of police is nowhere? As I believe it is nothing but the support of the govt nothing else. Police could stop these types of terrorism any time they like; in past they prove it I saw when I was in Bangladesh last year.

  • neutral
    Wednesday, February 13, 2013 05:24 AM GMT+06:00 (156 weeks ago)

    Taking the cover of plural democracy and support of some media and vested quarters in and outside the country, the Jamaat-Sibir might turn into the forces of evil one watching in the north-west of the subcontinent. Be careful and be in full preparedness against the terrible act of terrorism and ensure safety of all including the youths in Shahbagh with full vigilence and engaging the patriotic forces to defeat the terrorists in the coming.

  • S K
    Wednesday, February 13, 2013 10:43 AM GMT+06:00 (156 weeks ago)

    Will resorting to anarchy and violence allow the Jamaat-Shibir to survive or fulfill their vicious intention? Definitely not. Instead, amid their devastating activities, they are digging their own graves. A particular party don't have the strength to wage fight against a whole nation. Jamaat are exercising their muscle-power only to be defeated for ever.





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