- Posted February 15, 2013 by
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At least 7 protesters were shot dead and scores injured while police and Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) opened indiscriminate fire in the Cox’s Bazar town of Bangladesh raising the number of people killed in last 10 days as a result of police firing to 18.
The law enforcing authorities in Bangladesh is carrying out a systematic campaign of shooting and killing unarmed civilians, who’s only crime is to try to voice their protest against the sham and grossly unjust war crimes trial now reaching climax in the country. This internationally discredited tribunal has already sentenced ( in-absentia) to death by hanging an Islamic scholar Mawlana Abul Kalam Azad and to life imprisonment to another Islamic leader Mr. Abdul Qader Molla. The legal observers are unanimous that not a single charge against the two was proved in the trial. The tribunal is now poised to pass death sentence on all the remaining opposition leaders including Prof. Ghulam Azam, Mawlana Delwar Hossain Saydee, Mawlana Motiur Rahman Nizami, Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid , Muhammad Kamaruzzaman and Salah Uddin Qader Chowdhury.
Eye witness accounts from the resort town of Cox’s Bazar confirmed that, a protest march organised by by the ‘Free Saydee Council’ attempted to take to the street from Hashemia Alia Madrasha compound, police and RAB encircled them from all sides shooting indiscriminately, the whole area upto Khurn School on the main street of the town soon turned into a battle ground. Protesters tried to resist by using pieces of bricks and stones but did not stand a chance.
Eye witnesses also confirmed that 300 (117 according to police) protesters were arrested even before the Friday prayer to try to foil any attempt of protest.
The dead and injured were taken to city’s Fuad Al Khatib hospital and a hospital spokesman confirmed that one of the dead was a woman.
In the north – western city of Rajshahi police fired at least 200 rounds in waves after waves of clashes with opposition protesters injuring over 50. A large number of opposition activists were also taken into custody. Anwarul Islam, general secretary of the Islami Chatra Shibir- the student wing of the Jamaat-e-islami said, Police and Rab surrounded us from all sides and lunched sudden attack without any provocation.
There are other reports of similar clashes and shooting from a number of other cities including the port city of Chittagong.
Jamaat called countrywide dawn to dusk protest and hartal tomorrow.