- Posted March 5, 2013 by
19 killed in second wave of Jamaat-Shibir riots in Bangladesh
The Bogra district witnessed the worst, as activists from Jamaat and its student wing, the Islami Chhatra Shibir, assembled locals through repeated announcements over loudspeakers that *"Sayedee's face was seen on the moon and it's your holy duty to save him; otherwise, we all will go to hell"*. And around 4 in the morning, they launched into attacks on police in different parts of the district.
*At least 9 people were killed in Bogra, 6 in Joypurhat, 2 in Rajshahi, 1 in Satkhira and a policeman in Jhenidah in a deadly spate of violence throughout the day.*
*Three women were among the dead in Bogra, as Jamaat men used women and children as human shields during the attacks on law enforcers.*
The situation worsened to such an extent that the local administration had to seek the army's help to protect the Shahjahanpur Police Station in Bogra.
*At least 63 people have died since Jamaat-Shibir activists went on the rampage on Thursday after a war crimes tribunal sentenced Sayedee to death.*
March 3, 2013 was the first day of Jamaat's two-day hartal (strike) to protest Thursday's police action.
Meanwhile, Border Guard Bangladesh personnel were deployed in the capital around 8 pm to ward off violence.
The violence that began came to a halt after four hours following the news of the deployment of troops.
However, army personnel were called back around 6 pm.
Similar spates of violence were seen in other districts around the country like Rajshahi, Jhenidah-where Jamaat-Shibir men hacked to death a policeman and gouged out his eye-and Chittagong.