- Posted December 16, 2013 by
A campaign of sinister selective killing starts in Bangladesh
An all-out killing spree on the of opposition leaders and more specifically targetted are activists of country’s most moderate Islamic Party the Jamaat Islami and its youth wing Chhatrashibir. The killing and concerted campaign of intimidation has began following hasty implementation of death penalty of Jamaat leader Abdul Qader Molla on 12th December, ignoring widespread plea to spare the death penalty from international leaders and human rights organisations. At least five were brutally killed at the early hours of Monday 16 December as joint force of Bangladesh Border Guard and police started joint killing operation in Debhata and Sadar upazilas of the southern district of Satkhira as per government instructions. The killing mission started in less than 24 hours later as the Qatar based television channel Al Jazeera predicted of such action from the Government of Bangladesh.
One of the deceased was identified as Jahangir Alam, 30, a Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami activist and a resident of Satani village in Sadar upazila.
Police super of Satkhira Chowdhury Manjurul Kabir said the joint forces conducted a drive in the area around 5am to arrest some accused in a case filed for felling trees and unlashing anarchy during the recent blockade.
Commanding officer of BGB Battalion-38 L Col Imam Ahsan who led the drive said they saw some bullet-hit people lying on the ground after they opened fire at the Jamaat-Shibir men at Shakhra and Sakhirpur.
He, however, could not confirm as to how many people were killed in the incident.
In a similar incident, Jahangir was shot to death at Satani in Sadar upazila around 4am.
Meanwhile, Shahi Babu, 32, a Jamaat man and son of Ilias Sarder of Gadaghata village in Sadar upazila, died during the drive of the joint forces.
District BNP general secretary Abdul Alim said two BNP men – Abdur Rauf, 50, and Manwar Hossain, 35, of Parulia village — sustained bullet wounds during the clash at Sakhipur while another party activist, Aynul Haque, suffered bullet wounds in Shakhra.
Meanwhile, Satkhira district unit Jamaat secretary Nurul Huda called a dawn-to-dusk strike in the district for Tuesday protesting the incident.
Moreover at midnight of 14 December a group of RAB men barged into the house of Deputy Leader of Jamaat-E-Islami Laksmipur district and shot him in the head after taking him on the roof of his house. According to Marzia Begum, the widow of the Jamaat leader, a group of people, identifying themselves as Rab personnel, forced into their South Temuhoni house in Laxmipur Sadar.
They took Ahmed to the rooftop forcefully and shot him in the head, she said.
Later, they thrown him from the rooftop, Begum added.
Also, at Company Ganj of southern district of Noakhali, police shot dead seven shibir activists while they staged a protest against government’s illegally hanging Jamaat leader Abdul Qader Molla.
This killing spree is the continuation of the 4 years and eleven months of misrule of Awami league. Ever since the party came into the power they started a campaign of terror, imprisoning and killing of opposition numerous leaders and workers, abducting political opponents. In the past twelve months alone security forces killed 500 opposition activists. According to local sources, political violence across Bangladesh in November this year had occasioned 52 reported deaths and 4,213 persons injured. In the same month, 20 journalists were injured, two assaulted and three threatened, with four reporters facing charges filed against them.
The ruling party is carrying out its well-planned agenda of political secret killings as well as forced disappearances, with the goal of eliminating most of the potential political opponents as well as leaders of the opposition parties, especially main opposition party BNP and its ally Jamaat. The case of forced disappearance became prominent when BNP leader and ex Member of Parliament M Ilias Ali went into missing along with his chauffer more than a year ago. Repeated plea from the family to the government to return him safely bore no result.
On 15 December, the joint General Secretary of Bangladesh Awami League Mahbubul Alam Hanif, called on party workers to attack opposition party members to prevent 72 hours blockade from Tuesday called by the 18 party alliance.
Addressing an extended meeting of AL Dhaka city unit at its office in the capital’s Bangabandhu Avenue, another AL joint general secretary Jahangir Kabir Nanok said, “We (AL activists) have to resist and take avenge on them (Jamaat-Shibir).”
Environment and Forests Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on Tuesday, 10th December ordered the law enforcement groups to shoot Jamaat-Shibir activist on sight. Last week responding the minster’s calls at least 27 people were brutally murdered by RAB and police. Although Mr Mahmood retreated from his earlier statement and ordered the law enforcement force not to implement his instruction to shoot on sight of Jamaat - Shibir Activists. “I did not issue the shoot on sight order,” said Forest and Environment Minister Hasan Mahmud while addressing a discussion meeting at the National Press Club in the capital on Sunday 15 December. He claimed that the press has misquoted his statement.
A widespread rumour reffering to intelligence sources say that the country's ruling party Awami League has given instruction to the security forces to carryout selective killings of the opposition leaders to maim the ongoing countrywide protest. There is a strong indication that killing of opposition, specially Jamaat leaders in prison will be carried out soon and to ensure this the Government has changed the inspector general of Dhaka Central jail twice within last 10 days.