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    Terrorism in Bangladesh

    The Institute for Economics and Peace, based in the USA, has in fact validated by its report published on Tuesday, something that has been for long a fact in Bangladesh. In South Asia Bangladesh is the country least affected by terrorism. This has been acknowledged by knowledgeable circles of international practitioners and scholars too. There has been no terrorist attack in this country since 2006. However, the casualty figures mentioned in the report as regards Bangladesh, occurring between 2001 and now, are not quite accurate. The report perhaps has not taken the death toll in the August 21, 2004, grenade attack on the AL meeting in which 24 people were killed and more than 200 injured

    The credit for the low prevalence of terrorism in this country over the last ten years, when in fact terrorism had quadrupled worldwide, must go to the government's policy of zero tolerance of extremism and proactive work of the law enforcing agencies. Since the last five years in particular, the security agencies have been able to preempt several planned destructive acts of the terrorists and have been able to arrest nearly seven hundred of them. And for this we commend them.

    However, we must not sit on our laurels nor must we be overtaken by complacency since terrorism as phenomenon is sustained by ideology that is often hard, if not impossible, to counter. We must not overlook the fact that some of these elements may have gone into a temporary mode of suspended animation waiting for an opportune moment to reappear. And we say this without wanting to sound alarmist.

    The government's counterterrorism strategy, which has been recently formulated, should be more vigorously implemented, particularly in so far as it relates to countering the extremists propaganda, by formulating appropriate counter-narratives. The government should also take note of reported radicalization in some private and public universities where the proscribed Hijbut-Tahrir has been said to be active.
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    Not a single person's life is free from terror. RAB's power become less,as a result terrorist of govt become more ferocious, other
    rogues also feels free now,So we're Eagerly awaitin for the fall of hasina.PPL want to leave peacefuly.
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    30 Hurt In Bagerhat Gunfight

    At least 30 people were injured in a gunfight between two groups of villagers in Mollarhat upazila of Bagerhat Saturday morning over occupation of a large char land in the Madhumati River.

    The clash ensued between the two groups of locals of Shingachhi village -- one led by Zahid Shikdar and another by Zinnah Shikdar -- around 9:45am, reports our Bagerhat correspondent quoting Mahfuzul Alam Russell, assistant superintendent of police (ASP) in Bagerhat.

    During the 45-minute long clash, around 60 rounds of bullets were exchanged, the ASP said.

    All the injured were rushed to bordering Gopalganj Sadar Hospital from where four were shifted to Khulna Medical College Hospital as their condition was stated to be critical, the ASP added.


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    BCL(BD Chatra League/ BD Student's League) men go on the rampage | Sat, Dec 8,2012

    Institute closed for 7 days after activists blast bombs, vandalise building




    Patuakhali Polytechnic Institute (PPI) authorities yesterday closed the institution for seven days and its dormitories for an indefinite period after the activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League went on the rampage on the campus Thursday night, demanding release of its two leaders from police custody.

    During the violence, the BCL men vandalised doors and windows of the academic building, set fire to furniture and exploded at least 25 hand-made bombs.

    Witnesses said two factions of the student body's PPI unit, led by its president Rakib Khan and general secretary Russell, got involved in a clash around noon on Thursday over establishing supremacy on the campus in the town's Sobujbagh area. At least four BCL men were injured in the clash.

    In the afternoon, police detained the two BCL leaders over the clash.

    Incensed at the detention, both the BCL factions brought out processions on the campus. Around 12:30am yesterday, the demonstration turned violent.

    Reaching the campus around 1:45am, police asked the BCL men to stop damaging the institution's properties, but to no avail.

    The law enforcers then fired rubber bullets to disperse the protesters.

    Later police raided the two dormitories of the polytechnic and recovered sharp weapons and two bullets. They also arrested 15 BCL men from the campus, said Abu Bakar Siddique, additional police super of Patuakhali.

    The polytechnic authorities at an emergency meeting yesterday morning formed a five-member committee to probe the incident, Mohammad Jahirul Islam, acting principal of the PPI, told The Daily Star.

    The committee has been asked to submit its report within seven days.

    Police yesterday sent the two BCL leaders to jail after producing them before a local court. The two have been shown arrested under Section 54 of the Criminal Procedure Code. A case will be filed in this connection, mentioned Abu Bakar.
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    26 judges get death threat

    SMS message terms them enemy of Islam


    Twenty-six judges of Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate's Court have received anonymous text message threatening them and their families with dire consequences for not granting bails to “leaders and activists of Islam”.

    The text was in Bangla typed in English fonts and sent from the mobile phone No 01981611914 between 3:00pm to 7:00pm yesterday.

    The judges who received the message include Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Bikash Kumar Saha, additional CMMs Md Ali Hossain and Md Shahidul Islam Faruque, Keshab Roy Chowdhury, MA Salam, Shahriar Mohammad Adnan, Rezaul Karim, Ashiqur Rahman, Mustafizur Rahman, Ismail Hossain, and Tanvir Ahmed.

    "You are the enemies of Islam. You are keeping the leaders and activists of Islam in detention instead of granting them bail. We have beaten up policemen; now we will sever tendons of you and your family members. We will kill you. Be ready. Allahu Akbar [God is great]," reads the text.

    Talking to The Daily Star, one of the judges said the members of Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir might have sent the message. "The language of the text indicates it has been sent by their men."

    However, Matiur Rahman Akanda, assistant publicity secretary of Jamaat central committee, outright rejected the allegation.

    He said, "None of us has sent such massage as we do not believe in covert activities."

    Several hundred Jamaat-Shibir members, including the top brass, are behind bars on charges of war crimes and various other offences.

    Contacted, Additional CMM (1) Md Shahidul Islam Faruque said, "I have no idea who may have sent the message and why."

    Harun-ur-Rashid, deputy commissioner of Lalbagh division, said they were informed of the incident and they are ready to ensure the judges' security.

    Home Secretary CQK Mustaq Ahmed said, "If it is true, we have modern technologies to identify the man who have sent the message. Law enforcers and intelligence officials would take proper action."

    Meanwhile, Mahbubul Alam, nazir of the CMM Court, filed a general diary with on behalf of the judges in connection with the threats, said Sub-inspector Rokibul Haque of Kotwali Police Station.
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    Terror strikes roads 2 killed, 290 injured .............

    2 killed, 290 injured as BNP-led blockaders clash with cops, AL men; 50 vehicles burnt, 150 vandalised; protest today, hartal tomorrow






    Even before the sun broke through the winter fog, thousands of BNP and Jamaat activists took absolute control of Dhaka's entry points yesterday and went on the rampage, bashing and torching vehicles, and sending terror down the spine of city dwellers.

    At least two people were killed during the violence. A Jamaat activist died in Sirajganj town during a clash with Awami League activists. In Dhaka's Sutrapur, a tailor died in the beating by Chhatra League activists who mistook him for a blockader.

    The opposition has called for a countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal tomorrow and demonstrations today protesting what they said government sabotage of their blockade programme.

    The BNP activists emboldened by their Jamaat and Shibir allies, overran a few ruling Awami League activists who tried feebly to resist the blockaders. The Awami League activists had firearms with them, but in most cases they tuck their tails and ran away. The law enforcement agencies mostly remained silent spectators, as if in a truce with the rampaging activists.

    Later, the Awami League activists made a comeback with the protection of police and chased and beat up the blockaders. In some areas, opposition activists engaged in clashes with police and ruling party men.

    In one terror strike, the blockaders threw a Molotov cocktail from an under-construction building on a police patrol car on Panthapath in the capital. The car went up in flames and three policemen were injured.

    The city took a deserted look and hardly any vehicles plied the streets as the blockade was turned into something tougher than hartal.

    Some of the violent incidents had the telltale signs of the recent Shibir attacks. The blockaders came out of alleys very early in the morning, vandalised and torched vehicles in their blitzkrieg attacks and then vanished. Vehicles parked in front of hospitals and even inside residences were not spared in some cases.

    Clashes between the blockaders and ruling party men and law enforcers took places in and around the capital and some places in the country. More than 70 homemade bombs went off, around 50 vehicles were torched, including five police vehicles, and over 150 others were vandalised yesterday.

    At least 250 people and 40 policemen were injured.

    There were reports of clashes in Sirajganj, Narayanganj, Chittagong, Rajshahi, Khulna, Lalmonirhat and Laxmipur.

    BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam, however, termed violence the government's sabotage.

    At a press conference at party's central office at Nayapaltan, he claimed, "Four people were killed, 665 were arrested and over 600 were injured across the country."

    However, Assistant Commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police Gazi Rabiul Islam said 162 people were arrested in connection with the violence.

    BNP's national standing committee and 18-party alliance last night sat at BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's Gulshan office to decide on their next course of action.

    Fakhrul disclosed their decision of hartal after the meeting and said it was called to protest the government's effort to obstruct yesterday's blockade.

    He said they would stage demonstrations today as well.

    The BNP-led 18-party alliance on November 29 called the blockade from 6:00am to 2:00pm yesterday for detaching the capital form the rest of the country to press home their demands. Their demands include restoration of the caretaker government system to oversee the next parliamentary elections.

    PUBLIC SUFFERING

    Yesterday, unable to avail any transport, many walked long distances in the capital to get to work. Hundreds were seen waiting at Bangla Motor, Karwan Bazar, Farmgate, Gulshan, Banani and Mohakhali. Rickshaws, like in hartal days, were seen dominating the city streets.

    People in groups were also seen on rickshaw-vans in their desperation to get to work.

    “I was waiting for a bus at New Market to go to Gulshan for two hours. Finding nothing I hired a rickshaw to get to Farmgate where I waited for an hour to my destination. But I have not got anything yet,” said office employee Masum around 9:00am.

    Many city dwellers questioned as to why they had been made hostage to a disagreement between the ruling and opposition parties.

    “We want to get out of this. We want to move freely. We want them [AL, BNP] not to hamper our lives,” said an agitated elderly man who had been waiting for transport at Farmgate around 9:00am.

    Most schools remained closed in the capital but some were open as annual exams were ongoing. Shopping malls and most shops on streets were closed during the eight-hour-long blockade.

    INCIDENTS IN CITY

    The worst violence was at Gabtoli in the capital while there were clashes in Panthapath, Rampura, Mirpur, Mohakhali, Old Dhaka, and Jurain and Postagola areas of Jatrabari.

    The entire Gabtoli area turned into a battlefield for five hours. The marauding blockaders, armed with firearms, knives, machetes and sticks also fired shots in the air to create panic.

    Several people including BNP leader Nazim Uddin Alam sustained injuries during the clash.

    Police fired 15 to 20 canisters of teargas and several rubber bullets to disperse the blockaders and ruling party men.

    A number of homemade bombs also went of during the clashes.

    The clashes ensued around 6:00am when opposition workers put barricades on the Gabtoli main road by setting fire to tyres and ruling party activists showed up in procession with anti-blockade slogans and swooped on them.

    At one stage, the blockaders retreated to Amin Bazar Bridge. Police along with a group of ruling party activists attacked them near the bridge around 11:00am.

    Three policemen also sustained burn injuries in a hit-and-run attack in the early hours on Panthapath. The blockaders hurled a Molotov cocktail on their police patrol car near Panthapath and Green Road intersection.

    At Mirpur Kazipara, sporadic clashes took place between police and the activists of Jamaat-Shibir, pro-BNP student body Chhatra Dal and BNP youth wing Jubo Dal for nearly 30 minutes from 6:00am.

    The blockaders set of homemade bombs prompting police to fire rubber bullets, said Abdul Latif, officer-in-charge of Kafrul Police Station.

    A number of people were injured in the incident and several were picked up from the spot by police.

    Hundreds of Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir men thronged the BNP central office premises at Naya Paltan early yesterday. BNP activists were rather late in arriving at their central office but eventually they brought out processions in the area.

    A few thousand supporters were on the street until 2:00pm.

    A large number of law enforcers, including Rab, was present. Opposition workers divided into groups and were on different streets.

    No untoward incident happened until 1:30pm, when four homemade bombs went of near a procession, led by BNP leader Mirza Abbas, as it was passing Fakirerpool intersection. Four more exploded around 2:10pm.

    The blockaders torched a taxi in Mohakhali around 6:30am yesterday.

    Hours later, around 300 BNP and Jamaat-Shibir men brought out a procession and staged a sit-in near Rawa Club.

    Police cordoned off the three-hour-long sit-in.

    Surrounded by police, the blockaders around 11:00am marched towards Mohakhali intersection and vehicular movement on the thoroughfare came to a complete halt for around half an hour.

    Police lobbed at least five teargas canisters to disperse the gathering while dozens of pro-Awami League men were also seen chasing the blockaders.

    Officer-in-Charge Bhuiyan Mahbub Hasan of Banani Police Station said at least 17 people were arrested and two policemen were hurt.

    Picketers explode a homemade bomb at Tibet intersection in Tejgaon Industrial Area around 5:30am, said witnesses. At least seven pickets were arrested in this connection, said Faruk Ahmed, officer-in-charge of Tejgaon Industrial Area Police Station.

    A youth died after being run over by a double-decker bus near Shahjalal International Airport around 10:15am yesterday.

    Officer-in-Charge Shahbuddin Saleh Ahmed Chowdhury of Airport Police Station claimed that the death had no connection with yesterday's blockade but BNP claimed that the deceased Mongol Pramanik was their party activist.

    The blockaders torched a minibus there around 1:00am and a BRTC bus around 5:30am, said fire service sources.

    Meanwhile, pro-Awami league student body Chhatra League activists armed with sticks and sharp weapons attacked pro-BNP lawyers when they brought out a procession on the court premises in Old Dhaka around 9:00am.

    Shakhawat Ullah Khan Anu, Eklas Uddin Bhuiyan, Syeda Shahina Akhter Laily, Abu Zafar Manik and Abdul Khaleque Milon were injured among others.

    They were taken to National Medical College Hospital and later moved to Islami Bank Hospital.

    Pro-Awami League lawyers also brought out a procession on the court promises protesting the blockade.

    Meanwhile, a group of 50 people smashed the windscreens of at least 30 trucks parked at Alibahar of Postagola.

    The blockaders set fire to a bus parked in front of Sonny Cinema Hall at Mirpur-1 around 4:30am when the driver, helper and conductor of the bus were sleeping inside it.

    The trio, however, managed to wake up and escape the burning bus.

    Yards away another bus was torched around 6:30am.

    The blockade supporters attacked Madina Tank office, owned by Awami League leader Hazi Selim, on Central Road and vandalised four vehicles inside its compound.

    The group also vandalised eight more vehicles on Green Road around 7:30am creating panic in the area. Later a few Chhatra league men chased the attackers away.

    The blockaders vandalised the windowpanes of LabAid Hospital in Dhanmondi, said Imran Chowdhury, director of the hospital.
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    Girl killed, kept in office toilet| Sunday, January 20, 2013

    Police recovered the decomposed body of a 10-year-old girl, who remained missing since Monday, from the bathroom of a commercial building at Topkhana in the capital yesterday.

    Her family members alleged that she was raped and killed by the employees of three travel agencies situated on the third floor of the Tropicana Tower.

    The victim Ritu Akhter used to live with her widowed mother Noorjahan Begum and four siblings at a shanty in Segunbagicha.

    Police detained three employees of the travel agencies--Selim Biswas, Golam Mostafa and Nazrul Islam -- for interrogation.

    Noorjahan, who has a business of supplying lunch packets to employees at different offices and shops, told The Daily Star "On Monday, the lunch packets were supplied to the three employees as usual.

    "And, I sent Ritu to their offices in the afternoon to bring back the empty lunch bowls."

    But she remained missing since then. Ritu's mother searched for her in all probable places on that day and also made loudspeaker announcements to find out her.

    As Noorjahan inquired of her daughter's whereabouts visiting the offices of three employees, they denied seeing Ritu.

    On the following morning, she lodged a missing diary with Shahbagh Police Station.

    Noorjahan alleged that her daughter might have been killed by the trio after rape.

    Abdul Jalil, an inspector of the police station, said "We recovered the body from a bathroom on the third floor around 2:00pm after some men informed us that stinky smell was coming from there."

    The body was sent to Dhaka Medical College for an autopsy.

    A team of Criminal Investigation Department has collected evidence from the spot, Jalil said.

    The detainees denied their involvement in the murder during preliminary interrogation, he added.
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