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Grief turns into strength

Shahbagh protesters attend janaza of murdered blogger

The body of blogger Rajib popularly known as thabababa is taken to Shahbagh yesterday afternoon for namaj-e-janaza. Rajib, an architect and an avid activist of the movement demanding death penalty for war criminals, was murdered in Mirpur Friday night. Photo: STAR

The brutal killing of blogger Ahmed Rajib Haidar has strengthened the Shahbagh protesters' resolve and made them more confident of winning their battle.

"Touching our co-fighter's coffin, we now swear not to return home leaving our demands unfulfilled," Imran H Sarker, one of the key organisers of the movement, said after Rajib's namaz-e-janaza at the venue yesterday.

"The soul of our friend will not rest in peace until the spirit of the Liberation War is upheld, Jamaat and Shibir eliminated and their politics banned," said Imran, also a blogger.

The protesters called upon the nation to fight for the justice for the killing of Rajib, who was found murdered near his house at Pallabi in the capital Friday night.

They termed Rajib a martyr and a freedom fighter of new generation and vowed to carry out his mission which was to see the war criminals hanged.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina visited his residence in the capital's Pallabi yesterday afternoon and vowed to bring the murderers to trial.

Meanwhile, through separate statements, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and International Committee for Democracy in Bangladesh (ICDB) expressed their solidarity with the movement.

Students and teachers of University of Asia Pacific and Institute of Architects, Bangladesh, yesterday joined the movement. Rajib was a student of the university and a member of the institute.

Spearheaded by a group of bloggers and online activists, the demonstration started on February 5, hours after Jamaat leader Abdul Quader Mollah was given life imprisonment in a war crimes case.

The 12th straight day of the demonstration passed with protesters venting outrage at the murder of Rajib, known in the Bangla blog community as Thaba Baba.

Since the morning yesterday, the intersection had been swarming with tens of thousands of people wearing black badges and echoing the demand of the protesters.

While the body arrived at Shahbagh, a shadow of shock engulfed the whole area.

Rajib's first namaz-e-janaza was held at the intersection, now known as Projonmo Chhatra, around 5:50pm yesterday.

Before the janaza, Rajib's uncle Alam said, "The body belong to neither any party nor any individual…. I have come here to hand over the body to protesters."

The second namaz-e-janaza was held at Palash Nagar in Pallabi around 7:45pm. The third one is scheduled for today at Kapasia Pilot High School in Gazipur.

Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam, media personality Asaduzzaman Noor, lawmaker Mostafa Jalal Mohiuddin and, relatives of Rajib, among others, attended the janaza.

PM's son Sajeeb Wajed Joy, too, went to the funeral prayer and expressed solidarity with the movement.

Syed Emdaduddin, Dhaka University central mosque imam, administrated the Shahbagh janaza, participated by hundreds of thousands.

After the second janaza, the body was taken to Rajib's Pallabi residence and then to the mortuary of Birdem Hospital.

"Rajib will be laid to rest at his family graveyard at Kapasia in Gazipur tomorrow [today]," Imran H Sarker told The Daily Star last night.

Most of the posts of the online activist were on the Liberation War and Jamaat's activities.

His family members, friends and Shahbagh protesters allege Jamaat-Shibir members had killed Rajib as he was playing a major role in the movement.

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Brutal Jamaat & Shibir have become desperate as their soil has tilted. Killing Rajib is to create a chaos and frighten the peaceful uprising. The front tier organizers of this crucial protest should always move carefully in group of 3-4 and not alone. They will strike again to sustain their nefarious presence in the country. We must resist this heinous marauder to save the country from their unholy clutches.

: naabaj

Let all promise to work united to end communal politics in Bangladesh and elsewhere in the world. Joy Bangla!

: Sengupta, Canada


  • Md. Russell Talukder
    Sunday, February 17, 2013 12:51 AM GMT+06:00 (155 weeks ago)

    This is a heart breaking significant moment for the entire nation. If we take lesson from it, we will be able to avoid such tragedy in future. If we don't and remain preys to the partisan mongers who instead of demanding the punishment of the war criminals have now been insisting on banning all faith based politics in Bangladesh, we will see further disintegration and stances blood in our sweet homeland where a significant majority of the Muslims think that their faith is as important to them as their lives and freedom. Islam isn't a religion for rituals at the time of Janaza only. It is a complete code of life that includes personal, familial, social, economical and political ethos. The bloggers and the movement supporters should maintain the spirit and the integrity of the nation in terms of socio-historical, socio-religious and socio-political perspectives with a view to giving an identity of the movement as the movement of the entire nation.

  • Roni Rahman
    Sunday, February 17, 2013 01:34 AM GMT+06:00 (155 weeks ago)

    How do we even know why he was killed before any investigation? This dangerous practice of prejudging and political exploitation of a murder will fuel more fire of political intolerance and violence. We reject all political killings such as Bishwajit, 4 Jamaat supporters by BCL and police or any other group. The PM bares the sole responsibility of dividing the country and pitting one group against other and fanning more political violence. Sadly media is egging it and riding the herd without being concern of the consequences.

  • Barkat
    Sunday, February 17, 2013 03:03 AM GMT+06:00 (155 weeks ago)

    Deep sympathy to the family of Rajib. But it will be great injustice to Rajib's soul if the real culprits are not arrested and political games are scored on his dead body.

    Sunday, February 17, 2013 05:33 AM GMT+06:00 (155 weeks ago)

    Ostensibly, it seems Jamaat was behind this gruesome murder. But, if any Jamaat activist did commit this murder, I wonder, didn't he imagine for a moment that such an act would rather be politically suicidal? Were not the Jamaat men aware that a dead body of a blogger at this stage of anti-Jamaat public sentiment would be a political reward to those who are vilifying against them? Gains out of such an incident, at times historically known as “Lasher Rajniti” (politics on dead body), may also be a driving force behind the kill. Who knows? It would be, however, politically too expedient to believe either way. Let’s see what the law enforcement agencies do dig out.

  • Citizen
    Sunday, February 17, 2013 06:02 AM GMT+06:00 (155 weeks ago)

    This is the end of Jamaat-Shibir. It is history now. Looking in to future after hanging all the war criminals and ban Jamaat as terrorist group BNP will struggle to form a Government and requires to change their current leadership. Without Khaleda and family and War criminals. BNP will find it's own course with pro liberation minded people and gain more acceptability. Future is very clear now.

  • Syed Kermani
    Sunday, February 17, 2013 06:23 AM GMT+06:00 (155 weeks ago)

    Bangladesh uprising! Let this revolution brings the end of Jamaat, Shibir and similar band of criminal organisations. Let the upcoming March 26 give a new independence for the country.

  • Nazrul Islam
    Sunday, February 17, 2013 07:50 AM GMT+06:00 (155 weeks ago)

    Country is heading towards a civil war due to power greed of AL. Now judges are unable to give verdict neutrally.

  • Freeman
    Sunday, February 17, 2013 07:54 AM GMT+06:00 (155 weeks ago)

    Just hanging the war criminals will not resolve the core of the problem. To resolve the core of the problem, you have to ban Islami Chatra Shibir which is the breeding ground of the Jamaat-e-Islami party which was the collaborator of Pakistan in 1971.

  • Shuel salique
    Sunday, February 17, 2013 08:39 AM GMT+06:00 (155 weeks ago)

    May Allah bring peace in Bangladesh and grant heaven for Rajib. This is it no more Jamaat enough is enough. This uprising against Razakers will bring them to gallows. This uprising will teach BNP and AL and others that real power belongs to people. That means fix up clean your hands and work honestly.

  • Bazlur Rahman
    Sunday, February 17, 2013 09:06 AM GMT+06:00 (155 weeks ago)

    Jamaat-Shibir in same role as it was in 1971. So, it is the time to stop there aggression constitutionally.

  • zahid
    Sunday, February 17, 2013 10:11 AM GMT+06:00 (155 weeks ago)

    We the multitudes are carrying out our movement were it not for we are partisans of any political party. We do not take it into our consideration whether we are adherent to ruling party or opposition. From very part of the society, people are asking for trial for crime against humanity. We earnestly request that the government take efficacious steps to elude any other murder like Rajib hacked to death yesterday and take comprehensive steps to run the trial without any prolixity if necessary take steps to bring amendment to concerned laws.





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