- Posted March 5, 2013 by
Salute to Bangladesh Army
Authorities deployed soldiers in a northern Bangladeshi district March 3, 2013 after activists of the country’s largest Islamic party clashed with police, leaving three people dead during a nationwide general strike called to denounce an ongoing war crimes trial.
Separately two people died Sunday in a northwestern district during similar clashes.
With the latest casualties, the death toll in days of rioting has risen to 51 since Thursday after a war crimes tribunal sentenced Jamaat-e-Islami party leader Delwar Hossain Sayedee to death for atrocities committed during Bangladesh’s 1971 independence war against Pakistan.
Sayedee, 73, is the third defendant to be convicted by the tribunal, which was set up in 2010 by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government.
Bangladesh says the war left 3 million people dead, 200,000 women raped and forced millions to flee to neighboring India.
Mokbul Hossain, an additional police superintendent in Bogra district, said the deployment of troops came after three men died in clashes on Sunday.
Hossain said the latest violence erupted after the activists of Jamaat-e-Islami attacked at least four police outposts and a ruling Awami League office and torched a home of a local ruling party leader.
The army was guarding a police station, he said.
Authorities banned all gatherings in the troubled locality to stop any further escalation of violence.
After coming of two platoon army near at the police station, they persuaded all thousands villagers who were instigated by Jamaat-e-Islam activist.
See the image provided. Army personals requested all the people to come down and to take seat on ground and then only they can tell their demand to Army. After this, Army personnel told the villages about the fake news announced by Jamaat-e-Islam activist and described about it.
Thus the villagers came down and they went back to home peacefully.
And thus Bangladesh Army faced a communal riot without using a bullet.
Bravo Bangladesh Army. Salute to you all.
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.