Thursday, June 28, 2007

Trial of 3 JMB patrons: two witnesses quoted militants to have revealing their leaders

Trial of 3 JMB patrons: two witnesses quoted militants to have revealing their leaders



A Rajshahi trial court June 25 recorded depositions of two witnesses in the case for aiding and abetting the JMB militants against former BNP stalwarts Barrister Aminul Haq, Ruhul Kuddus Talukhdar Dulu and Nadim Mostafa.


The witnesses -- plaintiff Ayub Ali Pramanik, a victim of brutalities by Jama'atul Mujahidin, Bangladesh (JMB) militants at Bagmara and his neighbour Abbas Ali told the court that militants including Bangla Bhai mentioned the BNP lawmakers as their patrons during their operations.


They claimed, they saw Bangla Bhai, Jalil Amin, Murshid having talks and directions from the BNP bigwigs frequently over cell phones during torture and extortion of Ayub.


Ayub of Polashi village said, armed militants waylaid him near his home and started beating up on April 7 morning in 2004. They demanded Tk 1 lakh toll.


When denied, Jalil Amin talked over mobile phone and insisted him to pay reasoning that their leaders ordered them to collect toll.


As Ayub enquired, they named Barrister Aminul, Dulu and Nadim to be the leaders.


Still denied, the attackers talked again over mobile phone and later took Ayub to Hamirkutsa torture camp beating after binding his hands and legs with ropes and eyes with a black cloth.


At the camp, the recently executed militant leader Siddikul Islam Bangla Bhai asked Ayub to pay toll for running their militant outfit and continue so-called anti-outlaw operations.


"You must pay toll to save life and it is the order of our high ups...and Barrister Aminul, Dulu and Nadim were behind us...," Ayub quoted Bangla Bhai as saying after having talks on mobile phone.


The militants tortured Ayub until he agreed to pay Tk 80,000. After four days of treatment, Ayub provided the militants Tk 80,000, he collected selling off his pond and paddy.


Crossed by defense lawyers, Ayub said that he filed the case accusing 30 persons without any political intention and guidance by police.


Witness Abbas Ali told the court that he heard JMB militants Jalil Amin, Mamun Muhuri, Killer Mostaq, Murshid and Abdur Rahim to boast for having their leaders like Aminul, Dulu and Nadim.


Abbas during crossing by defense lawyers told that he did not see Dulu himself to seek toll from Ayub, but the extortionists claimed Dulu to be their leaders.


Some 14 arrested persons in the case including former deputy minister Dulu was present on the dock. Aminul, Nadim and 14 other accused are hiding.


Judge ASSM Jahirul Haq fixed Wednesday for recording other witnesses.


Fall of Kansat villain

A Chapainawabganj trial court on June 20 sent former BNP lawmaker and villain of Kansat tragedy Shahjahan Mia and two other his cohorts to jail after they surrendered before it over an extortion case.


Two other accused in the extortion case, filed by one Panaullah on April 23 for extorting him of Tk 75,000, are – Aynal Haq and Shafikul Islam.


Tight security measurers were taken in and around the court sensing their surrender.


Shahjahn and his associates went to the court at around 11.30am and they were taken to jail after one hour.


The court directed the district jail authority to arrange Shahjahan's stay in jail in accordance with jail code when his lawyers appealed for his division.


The surrender occurred on the first day of beginning of the trial in the extortion case.


The district and sessions judge Hrishikesh Saha fixed the charge framing date as quickly as today, as trial of the case was included under the emergency power rules of 2007.


Charge sheet of the extortion case of Panaullah was submitted on 7 June accusing three persons including Shahjahan after several witnesses provided judicial statements supporting the allegations.


Shahjahan was absconding in all five cases – one for ordering terrorist activities, two for extortion and two others for cheating and misappropriation of money from people. Charge sheets in four cases were already submitted.


Shahjahan's role behind Kansat Tragedy

Villagers at Kansat of Shibganj upazila in Chapainawabganj blame Shahjahan for his role behind police atrocities on them in early 2006 and he is still abandoned in Kansat.


Envied and angry at the sudden rise of Kansat Pally Biddyut Unnayan Sangram Parishad and its conveynor Golam Rabbani over their struggle for electricity, Shahjahan, also former chairman of parliamentary standing committee for home affairs forced police to arrest Rabbani.


The consequent outrage of power subscribers eventually attempted to cover by unleashing atrocities of police and BNP cadres leaving 17 innocent villagers shot dead and several hundred injured and tortured.


It was also alleged that local administration could not take any step to mitigate the subscribers' problem due to the former lawmaker's stance against people's movement.


Ayub's case for abetting militants : Charges framed against Aminul, Nadim, Dulu

Ayub's case for abetting militants

Charges framed against Aminul, Nadim and Dulu


Staff Correspondent, Rajshahi


A judge court on June 17 framed charges against 30 persons including former BNP minister Barrister Aminul Haq, ex-deputy minister Ruhul Kuddus Talukhdar Dulu and ex-lawmaker Nadim Mostafa in the case for abetting JMB militants at Bagmara in Rajshahi.


Trial in the case, filed by torture-victim Ayub Ali Pramanik on April 1, will begin on June 24. The trial is to be completed within 45 days as the case was included for trial under the special power act of 2007.


The charges framed in absentia of Barrister Aminul and Nadim Mostafa (who were hiding since joint forces launched countrywide drive against corrupt politicians) and 14 other militants. They did not surrender despite repeated notices, court sources said. 


Ruhul Kuddus Talukhdar Dulu who surrendered on February 20 and 13 JMB accused militants were present on the doc as Abu Saleh Sheikh M Jahirul Islam, additional district and session judge was framing charges.


Sub inspector (SI) Shakil Uddin Ahmed of Bagmara police station submitted the charge sheet in the case on April 23 and said that the JMB militants were also well-known in the localities as Dulu Bahini (Dulu's group).


The plaintiff Ayub in his case alleged that he was kidnapped and taken to Rajakar Ramjan Kaya's house at Hamirkutsa of Bagmara on April 7 in 2004. Armed militants led by killer Mostak's father Abdul Jalil Amin asked him to pay Tk 1 lakh toll.


He was tortured until he was agreed to pay toll and he gave them Tk 80,000 after his release.


The torturing militants named Aminul, Dulu and Nadim as their leaders, said the plaintiff.


Arrested militants are – Jalil Amin, Moksed Ali, Abdur Rahim, Hanif Mondol, Nazrul Darzi, Killer Mostak, Manzur Rahman, Murshid, Siddik Sonar, Mozahar Mondol and Sajmul.


Absconding militants are – Mamun Muhuri, Faruk Sonar, Nasir Mondol, Abdul Jabbar, Afsar Ali, Amjad Sonar, Salu, Khalil, Ezzak, Salam, Khetu, Mannan, Minhaz, and Mansur.


Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Militant suspect held for planting bombs at Ruet

Militant suspect held for planting bombs at Ruet

Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday held a militant suspect who confessed to planting seven powerful bombs at Ruet (Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology) in the name of Jadid Al Qaeda in last one month.

He was identified as Abul Hossain Tutul, 24, son of Abdul Karim of Kajla area under Motihar Police Station in the city.

Rab picked Tutul from his shop 'Messrs Karim Hardware' near the Ruet main gate.

In Rab interrogation, Tutul confessed that he himself had planted all the seven bombs at Ruet in the name of Jadid Al Qaeda only to create panic among the locals.

In a press release Rab said Tutul made the confession under 'extensive' interrogation which is still on to find out his links with Jadid Al Qaeda or Jama'atul Mujahidin, Bangladesh.

Talking to The Daily Star, Rajshahi Rab Director Lt Col Shamsuzzaman Khan said, "It is difficult to believe that Tutul manufactured and planted the powerful bombs only to create panic. He is also denying his links with any militant groups."

Of the seven bombs recovered at six different times at Ruet since May 22, there were two bombs carrying metallic plates with inscriptions of Jadid Al Qaeda.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Prof Taher murder: Mohiuddin, Salehi among 6 others charged

Prof Taher murder: Salehi among 6 others charged
Mon, 18 Jun 2007, 13:04:00
Six persons, including Shibir leader Salehi and Rajshahi University teacher Dr Mohiuddin, have been charged with the murder of Professor S Taher Ahmed.

Judge of the Public Safety Disruption Prevention Tribunal Jahangir Alam Mollah passed the orders indicting them after arguments submitted by defense lawyers.

Deposition by witnesses in the sensational case of killing the RU teacher will begin on July 3.

Prof Taher, a teacher of Geology and Mining department of the university, was killed on February 3,2005. His body was dumped in the manhole behind his Rajshahi University campus residence.
After the recovery of his decomposed body, police arrested caretaker of the house Jahangir and his relative Nazmul as suspects.
Police said they named the names of Dr Mohiuddin, also a teacher of the Geology and Mining department, and president of the RU unit of Islami Chhatra Shibir Mahbub Salehi as plotters of the murder for their "personal and political gains".

Friday, June 15, 2007

Rajshahi BNP leader Altaf arrested

Rajshahi BNP leader Altaf arrested

Police arrested Rajshahi BNP Vice President Altaf Hossain, a close associate of detained Mayor Mizanur Rahman Minu, from Shaheb Bazar Zero Point in the city yesterday.

Altaf was arrested by Boalia police at around 1:00pm under section 16 (2) of the emergency ordinance.

Police said Altaf was the 22nd among the listed criminals of the city, an accused in 3 cases and 4 general diaries lodged with Boalia Police Station, including shooting present District BNP President Azizur Rahman during a meeting in 2005.

A prayer seeking one-month detention against him was sent to concerned authorities, said the police.

Sources said Altaf raked in huge wealth since he was close to Minu over the last 10 years, despite the fact that he was only a vegetable seller at Shaheb Bazar.

He amassed a huge amount of money after he was made a member of Rajshahi Development Authority's governing body.

Joint forces recently demolished a two-storied market owned by Altaf inside Rajshahi Medical College Hospital compound. He erected the market illegally leasing a piece of land at a lower rate.

Altaf also constructed two luxurious buildings in Dargahpara and Terokhadia areas encroaching portions of government roads.

He was still earning a handsome amount from the fifth floor of Sona Dighi market, also leased illegally at a lower rate.

Bomb planted by Jadid found in Rajshahi

Bomb planted by Jadid found in Rajshahi

True to their earlier declaration, the newly emerged Jadid Al Qaeda yesterday planted another powerful bomb on the campus of Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (Ruet) evading tight security.

After a tip-off, Motihar police rushed to the campus and recovered the bomb planted in front of the Ruet main gate. Later, bomb experts of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police (RMP) defused it.

RMP bomb expert Alamgir Hossain said the recovered bomb was similar to five others found earlier on the campus.

The first bomb was found on May 22. On the next day, police recovered a sawed off rifle and a bomb from Students' Union Office of Shaheed Selim Hall.

On May 24, police recovered two more bombs and found an aluminium sheet carrying a message that Jadid Al Qaeda would plant a total of six bombs on the Ruet campus.

On June 2, the joint forces found another bomb at a Ruet dormitory.

Yesterday's bomb was kept in a plastic container that bore an inscribed message threatening all police stations in the city with bomb attacks if any of the outfit's members is arrested.

Senior RMP officials termed the incidents a ploy to create panic.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Cheating Case against Nadim Mostafa

Former BNP lawmaker Nadim Mostafa and his wife Nurun Nahar Parul were sued at a Natore court yesterday for misappropriation of Tk 10.5 lakh and issuing fake bank cheque.


A brick-kiln owner Ali Hossain in Natore lodged the case with first court of first class magistrate Arif Pasha.


The magistrate asked Natore Sadar police to investigate into the matter.


Ali Hossain alleged that Nadim Mostafa, also a contractor bought bricks worth Tk 12.5 lakh from him in 2004 and 2005 on plea that he was awarded with a work in the town.


Mostafa paid him off Tk 2 lakh, but he was harassing Ali for a long time.


Following insistence, Mostafa gave Ali a Basic Bank cheque paying off Tk 5 lakh and the cheque was dishonoured.


On March 17 last, Mostafa denied again to pay off fully, Ali alleged.


Nadim Mostafa, accused in two case for patronising militants and several other extortion cases was enjoying anticipatory bail, said police sources.


Dy minister Dulu let loose in Natore

Detained ex-BNP deputy minister Ruhul Kuddus Talukhdar Dulu surprisingly enjoyed mobile phone facility and rare chances to exchange views with fellow men in Natore while he was being taken to Rajshahi from Dhaka central Jail on Monday night.


Natore police lodged a case against 25 to 30 unnamed BNP activists for illegally meeting Dulu and chanting slogans violating emergency rules.


But, Rajshahi police who are responsible for Dulu's transportation expressed their ignorance.


Dulu was taken to Rajshahi by a microbus. It was for the first time he was taken to Natore since he was surrendered in Dhaka on February 20.


During his travel, Dulu's vehicle was stopped thrice in Natore town and he stayed there for over 10 minutes.


Dulu who was surrounded by a Havildar and four constables were seen using a mobile phone inside the vehicle, said witnesses and police.


His vehicle, hired by Rajshahi police entered into the town, despite it was pre-scheduled to cross Natore through bypass road.


The activists chanted slogans 'Go Ahead, Dulu Bhai, We are with you; Don't be afraid, we didn't left the streets; We will break jails and free Dulu'. Dulu with a mobile phone waved hands.


More than one witness said, a private car carrying Dulu's wife and few other relatives were trekking Dulu's microbus from Dhaka.


In Sirajganj, Dulu and police staffs with him entered into a hotel where Dulu had meeting with family members.


In Natore, Dulu's vehicle was stopped at Boro Harispur Bypass, in front of Dulu's house at Alaipur in the town and then at Chalkbaidyanath Gurpatty.


At Alaipur, a large group of people led by joint conveynor of Natore Bus Minibus Owners' Association Mizanul Haq Duke and Jatiyatabadi Sramik Dal president Abu Raihan Bulu met Dulu.


Ward no. 9 BNP president Ahmed Hossain Nannu, JCD leaders Rabiur Rahman, Saidul Islam, Tushar were also seen at the scene.


At around 6.52pm, Dulu was stopped again at Gurpatty where eminent businessman and owner of Friends Petroleum Mohammad Ali shook hands with him.


A few other businessmen including Sabu and some of Dulu's relatives were seen at the scene.


Police did not intercept political activists. But after Dulu's departure, several groups of policemen raided houses of many BNP leaders and activists.


Sub inspector Fazlar Rahman lodged a case in this regard against 25 to 30 BNP-JCD activists for violating emergency rules. None was arrested so far.


Superintendent of Natore Rezaul Karim told reporters that the matter was informed to the government high ups. "The security men of his (Dulu's) vehicle had no contacts with Natore police".


"These (incidents described above) are mare rumours, we have no such information", said Khondokar Nazmul Haq, additional police superintendent of Rajshahi when contacted.


When told of some proofs of the events, Haq said, "We will investigate into the matter".

Monday, June 11, 2007

Mayor Minu freed on bail; Minu goes into hiding

Mayor Minu freed on bail

Rajshahi Mayor and ex-BNP lawmaker Mizanur Rahman Minu was freed yesterday afternoon after the district and sessions judge granted him bail.

Minu along with two other BNP leaders were sent to jail on Wednesday in connection with an extortion case.

The two others-- Nazrul Huda, vice-president of Rajshahi district BNP, and Shafikul Haque Milon, former general secretary of Rajshahi city BNP-- were also freed at the same time.

Minu with his wife Salma Shahadat left the jail premises on one of his friend's private car at around 5:45pm.

Minu's elder brothers Hafizur Rahman Laki and Kashem Rizvi Ganu, ward commissioners including Mohammad Masud, Anjumand Ara and Rozi Parvin were present at the jail gate. But the mayor did not talk with anyone.

Earlier in the morning, District and Sessions Judge Abu Bakar Siddik heard Minu's lawyers and the public prosecutor (PP), Ekramul Haq, on his bail prayer.

Nearly 50 lawyers led by Mojibur Rahman Chowdhury and Ankur Sen pleaded for the mayor.

They told the court that there were no specific charges against the accused in the first information report.

However, the PP defended that police primarily found the extortion allegations to be true and pressed charges against 11 persons including Minu.

The PP also said Lutfar Rahman, budget-cum-accounts officer of Rajshahi City Corporation who was arrested by the joint forces a few months ago, revealed important information regarding Minu's involvement in corruption.

Minu went into hiding just after an hour of his bail on information that the Police Headquarters has directed to arrest him again.

Sources said the mayor went to his residence after he was freed from jail at around 5:45pm. He later visited Shah Makhdum Shrine to say his prayers, sources added.

"Police Headquarters again directed the police to arrest him after his bail and somehow he (Minu) got the information," said a police source adding the police were following him since his bail and saw him changing cars several times within a short time.

Police started raids at 7:00pm at his two houses and inquired about him to his relatives. But nobody could give any information about his whereabouts.

Police were raiding Minu's houses till filing of this report at 9:00pm.


IGP talks tough against corrupt policemen

IGP talks tough against corrupt policemen

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Noor Mohammad yesterday sought cooperation from the people in developing good policing and urged them to be watchful of police activities.

"Protest instantly or inform us if you see any policeman doing anything wrong or unfair... Speak up loud against anything bad they do... Today's problem was created due to keeping mum over the years," he said while addressing a meeting with civil society members at Rajshahi deputy inspector general's conference room.

"A corrupt policeman, whatever position he may hold, will lose his job and land in jail and such elements cannot save themselves from the punishment by lobbying," the IGP said.

"We want to get rid of the 100-year-old colonial image, change the existing concept of policing and it is not possible without close cooperation of people," he said, adding, "We cannot bring any revolutionary change, we can keep the process of turning police into a symbol of reliability and trust going on."

At Rajshahi Police Lines, the IGP asked policemen to change their behaviour and be friendly towards people. "We will show zero tolerance for misbehaviour and corruption," he warned.

He also asked them not to harass anyone intentionally, and care for all citizens as they care for their own family members.

"Those days are gone… there is none to control police from behind. This is high time to dispose of the bad image, we have no other alternative," he said.

Noor Mohammad asked them to serve in an efficient, professional and honest manner, so that the negative perception of police is changed.

He informed policemen about the caretaker government's consideration for a package proposal to upgrade their salaries and develop logistic support. The package proposal include 25 percent incentives on salaries, 60 to 80 percent rationing facility and the use of 70 percent revenue income of traffic management for police.

In the morning, the IGP inaugurated In-service Police Training Centre and Divisional CID's Forensic Laboratory inside the police lines and addressed two meetings of Rajshahi range police and Rajshahi Metropolitan Police (RMP).

Noor Mohammad also met the superintendents of police of 16 districts of Rajshahi division at the same venue earlier.

Rajshahi Deputy Inspector General (DIG) AKM Shahidul Hoq, Rapid Action Battalion Director Lt Col Shamsuzzaman Khan, RMP Commissioner Abul Kashem, Additional DIG of CID Binoy Krishna Bala were present in the programmes.


Patronising Militants: Sedition case against Minu kept waiting

Patronising Militants
Sedition case against Minu kept waiting

A sedition complaint against Mizanur Rahman Minu, detained Rajshahi city mayor, for patronising militants still hangs in the balance even after two months as police authorities await home ministry's approval for it to be accepted as a case.

On April 8, advocate Moazzem Hossain from Mollahpara, Rajshahi lodged the complaint with Rajpara Police Station in Rajshahi against four people including Rajshahi city mayor and former BNP lawmaker Minu, former telecommunications minister barrister Aminul Huq, former Rajshahi deputy commissioner (DC) Aziz Hasan and then Rajshahi superintendent of police (SP) Masud Miah (dismissed in 2006).

The complainant accused the four of taking part in subversive activities as well as aiding and abetting militants of banned Islamist outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).

When asked, Joydev Chowdhury, an assistant commissioner of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police (RMP), said, "We recorded the complaint as a general diary and sent a letter to police headquarters for necessary permission from home ministry."

The compliant has many components for it to be recorded as a sedition case and filing of such case needs the home ministry's nod, Chowdhury explained.

Moreover, a senior government official (then Rajshahi DC Aziz Hasan, now divisional commissioner of Sylhet) was accused in the complaint and the ministry's permission is also required for suing a government official, he added.

The sedition complaint is the first and lone case against mayor Minu implicating him with JMB. Recently hanged militants of JMB -- its chief Shayekh Abdur Rahman and commander Siddikul Islam Bangla Bhai -- also named Minu as one of their patrons.

In his complaint, advocate Moazzem said, assisted by mayor Minu, barrister Aminul, DC Hasan and SP Masud, JMB leaders including Prof Lutfar Rahman, Mahtab Khamaru, Abdus Sattar, Jalil Amin and Natib Lutfar gathered around 2,000 militants from Rajshahi and its adjacent areas and marched toward Rajshahi city on May 23, 2004.

The militants marched through different city streets. Chanting slogans against the state from the procession, they declared war against Bangladesh and vowed to establish an Islamic state in the country through forming an Islamic jihad group. The JMB militants also submitted memorandums to the then DC and SP.

The JMB militants later held a rally in front of Rajshahi Court where many militant leaders boasted that mayor Minu, barrister Aminul, DC Hasan and SP Masud had assured them (JMB) of full cooperation and support in JMB's bid to establishing an Islamic state.

The militant leaders also declared that they were pledged to "change the map of the country" and Minu, Aminul and other government officials would help strengthen JMB by providing necessary financial and administrative support. The militants delivered similar speeches from another rally organised later at Zero Point of Saheb Bazar, the complainant added.


Derailment of goods train disrupts rail communication

Derailment of goods train disrupts rail communication

Rail communication of northern region with other parts of the country has disrupted since Friday night after a goods train derailed at Ahsanganj in Naogaon.

The locomotive and seven other loaded wagons slipped the track at around 11:20pm when the Shantahar-bound train was entering the Ahsanganj Rail Station.

The accident occurred as the driver fell asleep and the train ran ignoring signals to stop outside the station, said Akhtaruzzaman, chief operations superintendent of western railway.

Two relief trains and cranes from Pakshey and Lalmonirhat stations started rescue operation at about 4:45am yesterday and four derailed wagons have been pulled off as of 4:00pm, railway officials said.

The rescue operation was greatly hampered following torrential rain in the afternoon. Besides, the heavy wagons, each weighing over 90 tons, also added to the rescue difficulties, as the capacity of the relief cranes is around 65-tons.

"We are continuing the work by unloading the goods," Akhtaruzzaman said.

Azimuddin, the locomotive master and his assistant Rafiqul Islam were suspended and departmental actions are underway against them.

Stranded passengers of trains on both sides of Ahsanganj were taken to destinations after changing trains in the afternoon.

Senior railway officials from Rajshahi and Dhaka visited the spot.

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

RCC mayor Mizanur Rahman Minu sent to jail

A Rajshahi metropolitan magistrate (MM) court yesterday sent former BNP lawmaker and Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) Mayor Mizanur Rahman Minu and two other local BNP leaders to jail after they surrendered before it following a High Court order over an extortion case.


Two other accused are – Rajshahi district BNP vice president Nazrul Huda and former city BNP general secretary Shafikul Haque Milon.


The court of first class metropolitan magistrate Jonendranath Sarkar also rejected their bail petitions at around 12pm in the extortion case filed by one Shamsul Islam Khan with Rajpara police station in the city.


The court directed Rajshahi Central Jail authority to arrange Minu's stay in jail in accordance with jail code when his lawyers appealed for his division.


Tight security measurers were taken in and around the court sensing Minu's surrender.


Listed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) as one of the corrupt people, Minu had been avoiding arrest over bail from High Court since a crackdown on dishonest politicians was launched.


Over 50 lawyers led by Rajshahi Bar president Mojibor Rahman Talukhdar pleaded for the accused.


They told the court that Minu and his companions were national and local leaders and the together played roles in many development works of the country.


Court inspector Mahbubul Kuddus Siddiki defending the state told the court that the accused were found guilty in police investigation and police already pressed charges against them.


The magistrate rejected the bail petitions on ground that his court has no legal jurisdiction to hear the petitions as the charges of abetting extortionists is to be tried by a judge court.


Earlier on May 28, a high court bench asked Minu and two others to surrender before the court within three weeks. The HC rule also directed law enforcement agencies not to arrest or harass them.


A HC bench on April 29 granted Minu anticipatory bail for two months.


Shamsul Alam Khan, a governing body member of Evergreen Model College filed the case accusing total 11 persons with Rajpara PS on April 21.


Sub-Inspector Abdur Rahman Sarkar of Rajpara PS pressed charges against same on May 16.


Other accused in the case are -- BNP adherents Mainul, Islam, Ranju, Ashraf, Shamsul, Sentu and Abdullah Al Mamun and Babu.


According to charges, accused persons, directed by mayor Minu, waylaid Khan at Baharampur Bypass intersection and demanded Tk 4 lakh toll assaulting him on March 29 this year.


Earlier in 2006, Minu called Khan and the college principal Abu Yusuf Selim at his office and requested them to include his men – Nazrul and Milon in college's governing body.


Minu also threatened them with dire consequences, Khan alleged.


But on July 4, 2006, Nazrul, Milon and Sentu went to the college and demanded Tk 1 lakh toll for not including them. They forcibly took away bricks worth Tk 25,000 and school furniture worth Tk 13,000.


HC stayed Rajshahi public safety tribunal order favouring Galib

HC stayed Rajshahi public safety tribunal order favouring Galib


The high court (HC) yesterday stayed for three months the Rajshahi court order that asked an organisation named Tawhid Trust to hand over its 5-storied building at Kajla in the city to the detained militant kingpin Asadullah Al Galib.


HC bench comprising of justice Khademul Islam Chowdhury and Ashfakul Islam passed the rule, said the defense lawyers' certified statement faxed to Rajshahi last evening.


The HC bench also called for case documents from Rajshahi court after Tawhid Trust authority appealed to the bench challenging the cower court order.


Lawyers Hasan Feroj Siddik and Fazle Rabbi pleaded the case for the petitioners.


The petitioners Tawhid Trust chairman Abdus Salam, secretary general (SG) SM Mahmud Alam, assistant SG Rezaul Karim and their lawyers condemned the tribunal judgment to be 'unilateral and biased'.


Zahangir Alam Mollah, judge of public safety tribunal and second special sessions court in a judgment on May 24 ordered for handing over the building to Galib.


Galib, chief of Ahle Hadith Andolon, Bangladesh (Ahab) and a Rajshahi University Arabic teacher was arrested in February 2005 after captured JMB militants named him as their spiritual head.


He was expelled from Tawhid Trust in 2002 following allegations against him of misappropriation of money and abetting so called Islamist militants.


However, a lower court in 2004 adjudged Tawhid Trust and its contemporary officio as tenant of the building.


The court ruling said, the trust is an organisation, not private property. The committee that will represent the trust would be the tenant as per rules of land.


Monday, June 4, 2007

Controversial NGO RIHS shut down

Controversial NGO RIHS shut down

Bangladesh chapter of giant Kuwait-based NGO Revival of Islamic Heritage Society (RIHS) is still running its offices and covertly continuing activities through some other NGOs, despite cancellation of its registration around one month ago.

The RIHS, also known as Jamiatul Ehya-ut Turaj, played highly suspected roles by supplying funds to Islamist militants in the country, reliable sources said.

The NGO Affairs Bureau in an official letter on May 6 informed RIHS of the government decision of cancelling its registration.

Meanwhile, RIHS has appealed to the NGO Affairs Bureau for reconsidering cancellation of its registration.

It also intends to hand over one of its landed properties to an organisation named Mesbah Foundation. RIHS has landed properties in Rajshahi, Gazipur, Mymensingh, Dhaka and elsewhere.

The government in 2004 banned suspected Al Qaeda donor Al Haramain Foundation (now banned worldwide) but many Haramain staffs including five foreign nationals joined RIHS that eventually topped the list of suspected donors to militants.

Two Bangladeshi Haramain staffs -- engineer Masudur Rahman and Mujibor Rahman -- are still working with the RIHS as its director of projects and receptionist.

However, NGO Affairs Bureau Assistant Director AKM Humayun Kabir told The Daily Star, "The cancellation was decided following directives from the highest level of the government. So the question of considering any RIHS appeal does not arise at all."

The Bureau has nothing to do with RIHS properties and its foreign staffs living in the country, he added.

The Daily Star published a series of reports on RIHS activities in 2005 and 2006.

Intelligence agencies also repeatedly urged the government to ban the organisation but the matter was ignored for long.

The government was first advised to shut down RIHS after the arrest of militant kingpin and Ahle Hadith Andolon, Bangladesh (Ahab) chief Asadullah al Galib in February 2005.

Insistence on its ban was intensified in March 2006 when recently executed JMB chief Shaikh Abdur Rahman was captured.

Rahman told the media in 2004 that he got funds from Ahle Hadith-backed RIHS and Jamaat-e Islami-backed Saudi Arabian NGO Rabita-e Alam al Islami.

Banned in Pakistan, Afghanistan and some other countries, RIHS was already blacklisted by the US and the UNO. Sudanese citizen Abbas Bao is now running the Bangladesh chapter of RIHS as its acting director. He married a Bangladeshi woman.

In November 1996, RIHS was registered in the country with direct assistance from Galib and Ahab second man Abdus Samad Salafi (arrested with Galib, but released in October 2006). RIHS also used most of its average annual funds of Tk 25 crore through Galib, Samad Salafi and their men.

Contacted during the last few weeks, RIHS officials declined to talk with newsmen.