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Issue No: 175
January 30, 2005

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50 injured as Bangla Bhai's men clash with police
At least 50 people, including eight policemen, were injured in clashes between police and Bangla Bhai-led Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) at Bhabaniganj in Bagmara.

Reinforcements from the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), the Rajshahi police line and three neighbouring police stations were involved in the clashes, which ensued after police foiled a JMJB attempt to organise a procession in protest against the lynching of three JMJB men.

Police rounded up 64 JMJB cadres for clashing with police, but did not detain any of the leaders who led the attacks. Since being barred for the first time by law enforcement agencies, JMJB men have started gathering arms and recruiting armed cadres from different parts of the country, sources said.

Some 30 persons were also injured in the bomb attack. Nine of them were admitted to RMCH with splinter wounds to their bodies, including their heads, faces, and eyes. The Daily Star, January 25.

Legal safety net for women
Domestic violence, especially spousal abuse, can decline significantly if the government launches an effective awareness campaign and establishes a strong legal framework, according to human rights experts. The government should also ensure a legal safety net for women to stop spousal abuse which is rampant in the country, they said.

According to a survey report by the Bangladesh National Women Lawyers Association (BNWLA), 155 women were killed by their husbands and another 35 women tortured last year. But the number of cases filed is far less -- only five for torture and 60 for murder.

The Oxfam, an international non-government organisation, in a research found that 47 percent of women fall victim to physical abuse in their homes. While it is commonly believed that economic dependency makes women vulnerable to abuses, the Oxfam found that 32 percent of working women are abused.

"The government is not working actively to stop domestic violence, fearing that such steps might affect the election results," said Sultana Kamal, president of Ain O Shalish Kendra. The Daily Star, January 25.

Chaos at Sylhet over HC judge's ticket row
Railway employees stopped Dhaka-bound inter-city train Parabat for three hours at Sylhet station and ransacked six compartments of the train after police arrested the station manager for not providing tickets as demanded by an additional judge of the High Court.

Station Manager Nurul Islam apologised for his failure to provide tickets but Justice Miftah Uddin Chowdhury ordered the officer-in-charge (OC) of Kotwali Police Station to arrest him.

Train service resumed as the agitated employees lifted the barricade after the station manager's release on bail. But many passengers in the meantime went back home cancelling their journey amid the chaos at the station and uncertainty over the train communication. The Daily Star, January 27.

Kibria, 4 AL men killed in grenade attacks
Former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria and four other Awami League (AL) activists were killed in a grenade attack in Habiganj. About 70 others were injured in the grisly attack, similar to the August 21 carnage on Sheikh Hasina's rally in the capital last year that had claimed 23 lives and left several hundred wounded.

The four other dead were identified as Kibria's nephew Shah Manjurul Huda, 40, and AL activists Siddique Ali, 35, and Abdur Rahim, 50, of Bongaon village and Abul Hossain of Shayestaganj. The AL called a countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal for tomorrow protesting the attack. Kibria died on the way to Dhaka and doctors at Birdem Hospital declared him dead at about 12:30am, soon after he was taken to the hospital. Kibria spoke as the chief guest at the meeting organised by Laskarpur Union unit of AL. Prothom Alo, January 28.

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