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Sunday, October 09, 2005

Indefinite strike announced-JCD activists attack BUET students, 15 injured

Source: bangladesh-web.com

Cadres of ruling BNP backed Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) attacked the agitated students of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) on Tuesday leaving fifteen students injured.

Police charged baton on the warring two group of students on the BUET campus. “Platform against Terrorism and Fundamentalism”, a Dhaka University based platform of different left leaning student organisation called a strike in BUET for an indefinite period from today (Wednesday) protesting the JCD attack on the general students.

They also demanded resignation of BUET Vice Chancellor Prof. Alee Mortuza, accusing him of the attack on the students.

However, in an emergency meeting, the BUET authorities announced a seven days' vacation which, will be effective from October 8 and will continue till October 14.

The anti terrorism platform called an emergency meeting of all the left leaning student organisations and the minority (Hindu) students of BUET on Wednesday. The meeting was going on till the time of filing of the report.

According to sources, the Hindu students of BUET along with the activists of left leaning student organisations called the strike on BUET on Wednesday protesting the authorities decision of only one day vacation on the occasion of Durga Puja, the biggest religious festival of the Hindu community.

The students demanded at least seven days' vacation as the other educational institutions would enjoy it but the university authorities did not agree to it.

The students said, they went to the VC to discuss the matter after seeing the academic calendar where only one day vacation was mentioned on the occasion on October 12.

The students alleged that Prof. Mortuza behaved roughly with them when they went to him to discuss the matter. To press home their demand the students formed a human chain on the campus on September 24 and they observed a hunger strike on September 25 but the university authorities did not change the decision.

On Tuesday the students called a strike on the campus to realise their demand. They staged a sit in demonstration in front of the VC's office on Tuesday noon where a meeting of university authorities was going on.

Later when the students came to know that the authorities announced seven days' vacation for Durga Puja, they were preparing to bring out a victory rally on the campus.

At that time Vice Chancellor Prof. Mortuza came to the spot and asked the students to withdraw their movement as the authorities have already met their demand. Then he left the place.

Suddenly some unruly students belonging to JCD came to the spot and attacked the students. They beat the students mercilessly. At least ten students including two JCD activists were injured during the clash. Police charge baton on the students to disperse them. Five more students received injuries in the police attack.

The injured were identified as, Anupom, Himadri, Rasel and Antu. Last two are activists of JCD.

Following the attack, “Platform against Terrorism and Fundamentalism”, in a Press conference announced the strike programme for an indefinite period in BUET from today (Wednesday). They also demanded resignation of BUET VC.



Bangladesh Observer

Clash between Islamic Student Shibir and BCL

Source: The Daily Star

DU Correspondent

At least 15 activists of Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) and five of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) were injured in a series of clashes between the two student organisations in Dhaka University and Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) areas yesterday.
The clash broke out when Shibir men in an unprecedented step came out in public to distribute invitation cards among the teachers for an Iftar party and some BCL activists went to resist them at the main gate of the Arts Building round about 11:45am.

Among the inured, ICS leaders Jahidur Rahman, Mashukur Rahman, Humayun Rashid, Mohiuddin, Mohammad Zakaria, Ferdousur Rahman Rumi, Zubair Islam Nahid, Mizanur Rahman and Mahfuzul Haque were admitted to DMCH.

Two BCL activists, Rahat Khan and Pradip Biswas Titu, were also admitted to the same hospital They later fled from DMCH fearing ICS attack. The other injured BCL activists are Maruf and Ujjal.

Witnesses said the clash erupted at the main gate of the arts building around 11:45am when some ICS men were distributing invitation cards among the teachers for an Iftar party. They engaged in an altercation when some BCL activists protested the distribution of the cards.

One of the BCL activists then rushed to Madhu's Canteen and informed fellow leaders about the incident. The BCL men who were gathered at the canteen rushed to the arts building and attacked the ICS men with bamboo sticks leaving at least six ICS men injured.

Soon after the attack BCL and its six left-leaning allies brought out a procession and held a rally at the main gate of the arts building demanding a ban on ICS in the campus.

After being beaten up the ICS men gathered at the Mall Chattar area and tried to bring out a procession for the first time in DU protesting the attack on their activists.

As soon as the ICS men chanted slogans, the BCL men and their allies rushed to the spot and attacked the ICS men again. The ICS chanting slogans in the name of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), student wing of the ruling BNP, made a counter attack.

The BCL men then chased the ICS men out of the campus. At least 10 ICS men and two BCL activists were injured during this clash.

The BCL led alliance student organisations brought out another procession, following the attack, and held a rally at the foot of Aparajeyo Bangla with a direction to the BCL activists to resist ICS wherever and whenever they are found.

In another clash between the BCL and ICS men in front of DMCH at least two persons, Ramzan Ali Rony, 22, and a 70-year old woman, were injured. The two parties engaged in throwing brickbats at the emergency gate of DMCH.

Witnesses said a group of 35 to 40 ICS men gathered at the emergency gate of DMCH and were taking preparation to hold a press conference. A group of BCL men comprising 15-20 activists rushed to the gate and began to throw brickbats at the ICS men.

The ICS men also threw brickbats at the BCL men which continued for at least 10 minutes forcing the on duty police to fire at least six tear gas shells. The BCL men were chased away and the situation came under control.

Additional police were deployed at the DMCH area to avoid further untoward incidents. Panic gripped the patients, doctors and staffs of DMCH during the clash.

ICS president Shishir Mohammad Monir of DU unit at a press conference at the Jatiya Press Club said 20-25 BCL leaders attacked their men without any provocation. More attacks may occur on ICS men at different residential halls of the DU by the BCL 'cadres' at night, he added.

The ICS in a statement demanded immediate arrest and punishment of the BCL leaders and activists.

Meanwhile, the BCL-led seven organisations submitted a memorandum to the Vice-chancellor of DU demanding immediate action taken against the ICS. They also threatened to go for tougher movements if the authorities tried to safeguard the ICS men.

Condemning the ICS movement on the DU campus, Bangladesh Chhatra Union and Samajtantrik Chhatra Front in separate statements urged the student community to resist the ICS in DU campus.


Militants hole up in CHT to evade arrest

Source: The Daily Star

Bandarban border sealed off
Star Report

The border near Bandarban has been sealed off since Friday while strict security measures are in force after the law enforcers came to know of militants' dens and training camps in the hilly district.

In Khulna, police have gathered that 11 cadres of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) had been assigned to explode bombs at 11 points across Khulna city on August 17.

Identities of six of the bombers have been determined from the diary seized from Abdul Hakim Gazi, a teacher of Saint Joseph High School.


Meanwhile, detained security officer of parliament secretariat Abu Taleb (Babul Ansari) and four of his accomplices--Saimum, Azizul Haque, Giasuddin Azad, and Mizanur Rahman Badsha--were transferred yesterday to the Joint Interrogation Cell (JIC) for intensive interrogation. Detectives arrested them for suspected links to JMB and the August 17 blasts.

Monirul Islam Monu from Bandarban reports: In the face of the recent countrywide crackdown, the religious extremists have started to hole up in the remote border areas of Bandarban, said sources.


Hiding in inaccessible Naikkhongchhari and Alikadam upazila, they are organising themselves in collusion with Myanmarese insurgents belonging to Rohingya Solidarity Organisation (RSO) and Arakan Rohingya Nationalist Organisation (ARNO), added the sources.


Two Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) operatives arrested recently in remote Faitong area have disclosed to the interrogators the existence of the militants' dens in the area.


Sources said JMB might have gathered a huge cache of firearms and explosives from the Myanmarese gun-runners. The explosives and ammunition seized from Naikkhongchhari on different occasions are similar to the explosives used in the August 17 and October 3 serial blasts.


Following the disclosure of militants' dens, the authorities on Friday night sealed off the bordering areas to prevent the infiltration of foreign terrorists and gunrunners. Forces in the bordering areas have also been increased significantly.


A vast 288-km bordering area hemmed in by deep forests is known to be a safe haven for the terrorists.

Bandarban police had detained five militants, including Moulana Abdul Malek, after the August 17 blasts, but after some time set them all free.


Members of the Directorate General of Forces Intelligence (DGFI) picked up Malek after finding a similarity between his handwriting and that on the envelopes mailed by JMB to different places.

Sources at Faitong said a few days before August 17, outsiders posing themselves as vendors had rented houses in Bandarban town and adjacent areas. They fled the area soon after the countrywide explosions. But they were soon found wandering in the area again in the run-up to the courthouse blasts in three districts on October 3.

Locals of Faitong caught Shafiqur Rahman and Abul Hafiz after the October 3 blasts on suspicion after the two had shaved off their beards.

Bandarban Superintendent of Police (SP) Iqbal Bahar said of the three arrestees, only Abdul Hafiz has admitted his role in the blasts.

"We do not have any confirmed information about militant activists in this area. Yet, we have set up 50 check points in the district to ensure security," the SP said.


He said security has been beefed up at Radio Bangladesh Bandarban, court premises, the District Collectorate Building, police stations, and other important places of the town.


Khulna
Our staff correspondent from Khulna adds: JMB cadre Shahidullah alias Lokman, 18, told police on Saturday that all but one who took part in the August 17 serial bomb blasts hail from Satkhira district.

Police said 11 JMB cadres were assigned to stage blasts at eleven spots in Khulna city.


The diary recovered from the possession of schoolteacher Abdul Hakim Gazi contains the names of some of the participants in the August 17 blasts in the city.

Six of them have been identified as Shahidullah, Moulana Arif, Musa, Shahidul, Khokon and Mahmud alias Palash alias Liton. Of them, Palash and Anisur Rahman Khokon are now in Satkhira District Jail. They had gone into hiding soon after exploding the bombs, but were arrested on August 24 in Satkhira.


A police source quoting Shahidullah said Mahmud is the operations commander of the Khulna division unit of JMB. He and Moulana Arif had distributed bombs among the JMB cadres of Satkhira, Bagerhat and Jessore on August 16. The bombs were made in the house of Abdul Hakim.

Hindu in Bangladesh face institutionalised discrimination

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Vested interest: Dhaka legalises dispossession
Hindu minorities in Bangladesh face institutionalised discrimination;
the violence is only a symptom



The violence against Hindus and other minorities in Bangladesh is a
symptom of institutional discrimination against the minorities. The
root
of the problem is the Vested Property Act, a reincarnation of the Enemy
Properties Act passed by the former Government of East Pakistan.
Hundreds of thousands of people belonging to the minority Hindu
community, as well as indigenous peoples, have been dispossessed of
their properties under the Vested Properties Act.

At the 56th Session of the Commission on Human Rights, SAHRDC submitted
a written statement titled “violation of economic, social and cultural
rights of the legally identified enemies of Bangladesh.” The statement
examined the state of the Hindu minorities and the institutional
discrimination faced by them.

The Government of Bangladesh submitted its reply at the 57th Session of
the CHR after examining the SAHRDC document. The reply reflects the
Government's attitude towards its minorities. The reply stated: “The
very title of the SAHRDC statement, “violation of economic, social and
cultural rights of the legally identified enemies of Bangladesh” is
misleading. There is [sic] no legally identified enemies of Bangladesh,
legally or otherwise. The assertion of SAHRDC is baseless and
tendentious.

The existence of ‘enemies’ however is implicit in the very title of
the‘Enemy Properties Act passed by the then Government of Pakistan and
the Enemy Property (continuance of Emergency Provisions) (Repeal) Act,
1974 of the Government of Bangladesh.

The Government of Bangladesh also stated that “[f]ollowing [the]
emergence of Bangladesh as an independent and sovereign country in
1971…
All the ‘enemy properties’ which were vested in the former Government
of
East Pakistan were declared as vested in the Government of the People's
Republic of Bangladesh (vesting property and assets) order, 1972
(P.O.No. 29/72) and the Enemy Property (continuance of Emergency
Provisions) (Repeal) Act, 1974.”

However, the Interim Report of United Nations Special Rapporteur on
Religious Intolerance Abdelfattah Amor to the Millennium Session of the
General Assembly indicated otherwise. The report that followed Amor's
visit to Bangladesh in May 2000 said: “After Bangladesh won
independence
from Pakistan, the President of Bangladesh, in his Order No. 29 of
1972,
changed the nomenclature to Vested Property Act, without altering the
content of the law.”

The definition of ‘enemy’ as provided under the Defence of Pakistan
Rules is therefore still applicable in Bangladesh. Under Section
3(b)(i)
of the “Enemy Property (Continuance of Emergency Provisions (Repeal)
Act
1974, “enemy property” and “enemy firms” shall have the same meaning as
are respectively assigned to them in the Defence of Pakistan Rules
continued in force by the said Ordinance.”

Clearly, therefore, Hindus are “legally identified enemies” in
Bangladesh.

In its reply, the Government of Bangladesh also stated: “No property of
any bonafide Bangladeshi Hindu National has been enlisted as vested
property since independence of Bangladesh till date.”

The assertion of the Government of Bangladesh is untrue. The United
Nations Special Rapporteur on Religious Intolerance stated in his
report: “[T]o this day, interest groups and individuals continue to
appropriate property belonging to the Hindu community, and indeed to do
so with the complicity of the authorities and of influential people. In
a significant number of cases, Hindus are dispossessed of their
property, even when they are the legal owners of such assets.”

The Law Ministry of the Government of Bangladesh in a direction issued
after the communal riots that followed the demolition of the Babri
mosque by Hindu fundamentalists in India in 1992 urged the Government
to
“determine whether there are other enemy properties.” The order further
stated “If the Committees find out [sic] any concealed properties it
will investigate into the matter and bring it to the notice of the
Government…

On 9 April 2001, the Parliament of Bangladesh passed the Vested
Properties Return Act, 2001. It was passed after being referred to the
Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Land for cursory
scrutiny. The law was an exercise in political tokenism before the
general elections. It also does not adequately address the issue. This
is reflected in the UN Special Rapporteur’s report. (see box below)

The Vested Properties Return Act, 2001, is intended to return the
vested
properties to their original owners. However, in all probability, it
will merely serve to legalise the omissions and commissions committed
under a patently discriminatory law.

With Dhaka’s consistent refusal to acknowledge the fact of
discrimination against its minorities, and in view of its record on
ameliorating their condition, it is also highly improbable that a
regulation - and a flawed one at that - such as the Vested Properties
Return Act will be implemented in the near future.

Special Rapporteur’s report, 9 August 2000

"It appears, however, that this bill would present serious problems.
According to the non-governmental sources, the bill provides that
properties legally vested under the ownership of the Government and
those declared to be enemy or vested property after 16 February 1969
will not be considered as vested property after the said period. Most
Hindu property, however, was declared vested property after that date.
The bill also states that the proprietorship status of the vested
property will not be challenged if the property was transferred to the
Government, a government institution, or to a private individual, has
been sold or has been handed over permanently by the Government at the
directives of a court. It will not even be possible to challenge such
cases in court... Lastly, the bill provides that in the event of the
decease of the original owner, rights of inheritance shall apply in
accordance with Hindu religious personal laws. Hindu women would
therefore be automatically excluded from inheritance, since Hindu
religious personal laws do not accord any rights of inheritance to
women.”

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Arrest those involved in vandalising idols

Source: The Daily Star

Staff Correspondent

Different political and social organisations yesterday strongly protested the incidents of vandalising idols at three puja mandaps (altars) in Khulna, Faridpur and Jessore and the attack on the Chatteshwari Temple in Chittagong.

They also demanded immediate arrest of and exemplary punishment to the persons responsible for the incidents.

In a statement, Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil said the BNP-Jamaat alliance government has been patronising the evil forces trying to destroy the communal harmony in the country.

He called on the government to ensure security for the Hindu community so that they can celebrate the Durga Puja festival without hindrance.

Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal (BSD) also expressed deep concern over such attacks on puja mandaps.

These are not isolated incidents under the present regime as the BNP-Jamaat government has been carrying out attacks on the minorities since its takeover in 2001, said BSD central committee member Abdullah Sarkar in a statement.

In another statement, Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad said the attacks made Hindus feel insecure at a time when they are celebrating their biggest religious festival.

For the greater national interest, the countrymen, irrespective of caste and religion, should unite against the evil forces involved in such attacks, the Parishad leaders said.

Bangladesh Hindu-Bouddha-Christian Oikya Parishad, Bangladesh Jatiya Hindu Parishad, Bangladesh Jubo Union and Prithak Nirbachan Bastabayan Parishad also condemned the attacks.

JS secretariat security officer detained for 'militant link'

JMB, Janajuddha give death threat to Pabna judge
Star Report

Detectives have detained a security officer of the parliament secretariat on suspicion of militant link and been quizzing him.
Police yesterday also arrested two members of the newly found offshoot of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), 12 Group, thought to be the mastermind behind the August 17 blasts, following confession of the security officer, Abu Taleb Bulbul Ansari.


Meantime, the banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and Janajuddha yesterday jointly threatened to kill the judge of the Money Loan Court, Pabna.


The law enforcers in Khulna have started a combing operation in the Sundarbans to hunt for and dismantle militant dens.


Five more JMB activists were arrested in Thakurgaon and Netrakona yesterday and on Thursday for their suspected links to the JMB.


SECURITY OFFICIAL REMANDED
Detective Branch (DB) of police in Dhaka has started quizzing Abu Taleb alias Babul Ansari, assistant security officer of the parliament secretariat, who was arrested in Dhaka on Monday.


Police nabbed Taleb at his Green Road Staff Quarters house after the arrest of a JMB activist in Jessore. The arrestee had told a magistrate Taleb was the mastermind behind the blasts in Jessore, said a top DB official.


Parliament secretariat authorities on Tuesday suspended him for his alleged links to militants.


Sources said intelligence men had watched him for 15 days after the Jessore SP sent a letter to Dhaka Metropolitan Police asking them to arrest Taleb. The SP sent the letter following confessional statement of the arrestee in Jessore.


The detectives on Thursday produced Taleb before a Dhaka court, which remanded him for seven days.


"We are certain about his links to the JMB. We are now trying to find out information about the outfit's network," said DB Additional Deputy Commissioner Shafiqul Islam.


Ranu Ansari, Taleb's wife, has however claimed her husband is 'innocent.'

She told reporters the DB called her husband out of their house at around 2:00am on Monday. She went to the DB office the next day to meet him, but she was not allowed, Ranu alleged.


Police sources quoting Ranu said Taleb used to visit his Gaibandha house in the first week of every month.


The sources said she could not say what type of people used to visit their house as she was never allowed to appear before visitors.


Meanwhile, detectives arrested two more JMB leaders--Giasuddin Azad, 32, of Chandpur, and Mizanur Rahman Badsha, 22, of Kushtia--in Shewrapara in the capital last night following Taleb's statement.


Detectives were raiding different places outside the capital with the arrestees, said a top DB official asking not to be identified.


The official also said the arrestees are members of one "12 Group", an organised team which was assigned to carry out bombings at some places on August 17.


Taleb hailed from Bridge Road in Gaibandha and did his master's in political science from Dhaka University.


JUDGE THREATENED
The law enforcers have been put on high alert at every strategic point in Pabna after Judge Mafizul Islam received the threat, sources said.


Judge Mafizul Islam admitted to have received a hand-written letter, in which the banned outfits issued the threat to kill him with his family and to blow up the court by suicide squads, reports BDNEWS.


The superintendent of police (SP) of the district said the threat had been made and that they have strengthened security measures at the judge's court, residences of the judges and the deputy commissioner (DC) and other offices. Important government and non-government establishments have also been under special watch.


Referring to the August 17 serial blasts, the letter said, "The corrupt Money Loan Court, banks, NGOs and the House Building Finance Corporation bankrup innocent people."

Earlier, militants also threatened to blow up the local press club and eight other important establishments.


KHULNA
Fresh combing operation has been launched in the Sundarbans in search of militants' dens and training camps following information confessed by an arrestee, reports our Khulna staff correspondent.


The move came following a dramatic turn in the investigation into the August 17 blasts in Khulna and Bagerhat, as police got information about such dens and camps run by the JMB.


Police sources said JMB cadres including Shahidullah alias Lokman have given important information during interrogation about underground activities in the remote areas in the Sundarbans.


It is difficult to locate these dens as most of them are situated within 100 kilometres of South Talpatty Island near Indian border, said unconfirmed sources.


The sources said most of the coastal belt including South Talpatty Island is the safest hideout for pirates and other criminals. These criminals can easily escape arrest as these remote areas are close to Indian borders.


"We cannot rule out the possibility of a close link between Islamist extremists and terrorists of the Sundarbans," said a senior police officer of Khulna confirming the ongoing crackdown.


The Raimangol, Malancha, Arhpangashia, Ilshemari, Andharmanik, Kalabogi, Satmukha and Agunjali rivers of the entire Sundarbans are the safest routes for movement of criminals of both the countries, said a highly placed source of the western wing of Sundarbans Forest Division (SFD).


The source expressed his grave concern over high security risk in the remote areas in the world's largest mangrove forest.


"Our forces are not enough to enter the inaccessible areas of the Sundarbans. Yet, we have taken the high risk to locate the militants' dens, if any," said a high official of Bagerhat district police.


MORE ARRESTS
Our Netrakona correspondent reports: Police on Thursday night arrested a JMB activist, who admitted to his involvement in the August 17 blasts in the district.


The arrestee is Sana Ullah, 25, son of Maulana Abdul Quddus of Maowa village in Gouripur in Mymensingh.


Police force from Netrakona and Gouripur nabbed Sana at his village home.


The officer-in-charge of Netrakona Police Station told the press Sana is an active JMB member, who blasted six bombs.


Meantime, Netrakona police released a JMB suspect, Maulana Abdur Rahman, yesterday after picking him up from his Sreepur Bali Madrasa on Thursday night.


Police claimed they had quizzed him for several hours and released him finding no clue to his involvement in the blasts.


Besides, police on Thursday arrested Motiar Rahman, son of Abdul Latif, at his Ratnai Kashidanga house in Baliadangi upazila in Thakurgaon suspecting his link to the JMB, BDNEWS adds.


Earlier, Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) detained Asadullah, an assistant teacher of Battali Shah Majidia Nurani Madrasa in Lohagara upazila in Chittagong, on Thursday night in connection with the October 3 bomb attacks on two courts.


The Rab following his statement nabbed two others -- Abu Sadat Sayem alias Sayem Chowdhury in Rumaliachhara in Cox's Bazar and Abu Raihan in Feni -- the same night.


Rab sources said all the arrestees are members of the JMB's hit-group, reports UNB.


The Rab said Asadullah, a member of law formulation section of Nezam-e-Islam party, was engaged in militancy along with teaching for the last three years.


Sayem was imparting training to militants for the last two years after launching an institution named 'Cox's Bazar Saikat Beyamagar'.


Friday, October 07, 2005

Threat Imposed by Bangladesh


Bangladesh is a small nation located in South-Asia. The region is a predominantly Muslim nation. This nation has been imposing tremendous amount of threat to its neighbour and other international communities. Recently, religious extremist, Bangla Bhai has created a small Afghanistan in North Bangladesh. He forced women to wear burka, killed people for even smoking, made mosque going mandatory and forced the minorities to convert to Islam. Many Hindu and Christian women were raped by Bangla Bhai's cadres, which never got any publicity. Bangla Bhai has also attacked the Christians in their churches and Hindus in their temples. The government basically doing nothing to capture Bangla Bhai. The government has banned Bangla Bhai just to show the west but the force is not capturing them because even the army wants to join a global jihad against non-Muslims.

Bangla Bhai was mainly a member of Taliban. Infact, the four famous languages that were used in Taliban were urdu, arabic, afghan, and Bengali.

Bangladesh is a terrorist state as the government is harbouring terrorists and we are going to have to try to expose it to the world. A political and economic sanction against Bangladesh is required until the government steps down.