Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Complaint filed for '71 murder

Monday, February 23, 2009

Another complaint was lodged against seven people with the Second Court of Judicial Magistrate in Rajshahi yesterday for killing a man during the Liberation War of 1971.
Sufia Biwi, wife of Tasir Uddin of Sinduri village of Mohonpur upazila, lodged the complaint for killing her brother Mofiz Uddin.
Mohed Ali, Nazim Uddin, Ayub Ali Pramanik, Saman Ali Sarder and Manzur Rahman of Sinduri village and Omar Ali of Vaturia village and Abdul Hakim of Badezol village were made the accused in the complaint.
However, Judicial Magistrate M Alamgir will deliver the order today whether the complaint to be accepted or not.
“We lodged the complaint yesterday morning and the court in the evening informed us that it will deliver the order tomorrow (Monday),” Sufia's lawyer Babul Sheikh told The Daily Star but he could not explain the delay in the order.
The plaintiff alleged that the collaborators (Razakars) had link with Jamaat-e-Islami during the war and they used to kidnap the freedom fighters and their sympathisers and tortured them to death after taking them to the Sakoa Madrasa 'Razakar camp'.
The accused kidnapped Mofiz Uddin from his house on November 15, 1971 following a directive from Mohed Ali, 'Razakar' commander of the camp, and his assistant Omar Ali, she said adding they took Mofiz to the camp later after tying his hands and eyes.
She alleged that she along with six other eyewitnesses, mostly her family members, rushed to the camp and begged Mofiz's life but they killed him by gunshots at the camp and dumped the body into an unknown place.
The plaintiff also said she came to the court as Mohonpur police station denied to record the complaint on February 17 this year.
However, Mohonpur police arrested two 'Razakars'-- Daud Hossain and Nur-e Anwar from Mugroil village of the upazila on February 13 in the case, filed for killing 15 persons, including martyr Basir Uddin Sheikh, during the liberation war.
Basir's son Merajul Sheikh filed the case against 19 persons with a Rajshahi court on June 22 last year while police recorded the case on September 13.


8 JMB men charged with Prof Yunus murder at RU

A Rajshahi court yesterday framed charges against eight operatives of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) in the long anticipated Rajshahi University (RU) teacher Muhammad Yunus murder case.
The second court of Additional District Judge Lutfa Begum framed charges in the murder case in presence of all the eight accused in dock.
The accused include Shafiullah Tarek (a follower of militant kingpin Asadullah Al Galib) and Shahidullah Mahbub (husband of the executed JMB leader Siddiqul Islam Bangla Bhai's niece). Both of them were the mastermind behind the murder, say the charges.
The other accused are JMB's regional commanders -- Abu Isa Enamul and Golamur Rahman Mostafa, an adherent of Galib's Ahle Hadith Jubo Shangha, militants Abul Kashem Tufan, Abdul Matin, Abdur Rahman Arif and Mojibur Rahman.
The framing of charges had been deferred since July last year as some of the accused were being tried in other cases outside Rajshahi.
Inspector Mohammad Helauddin of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) submitted the charge sheet against the eight September 10, 2007.
In the latest charge sheet, CID police brushed aside previous police findings of Shibir's involvement in the murder though two eyewitnesses in separate judicial statements narrated Shibir cadres' involvement.
Names of some 13 accused including six cadres of Islami Chhatra Shibir were dropped in the CID charge sheet.
Helaluddin said, the investigation took a new turn following confessional statement of executed JMB chief Abdur Rahman. Later, two prime accused -- Shafiullah Tarek and Shahidullah Mahbub made judicial confessions.
Yunus, a professor of economics, was killed on December 24, 2004 while on a morning walk near his Binodhpur residence. He was the president of RU Bangabandhu Parishad and senior vice-president of Bangladesh Economic Association.
Abdul Halim, the victim's brother who filed the murder case with Motihar Police Station said, "The murder was pre-planned and occurred over political vengeance."
The charges say Yunus was murdered for being an atheist and abettor of underground communist activities. A group of 10 assassins committed the murder of whom Ibrahim died in 2005 while another could not be identified, the charges add.

Families of victims, villagers narrate the role of 2 in '71

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Remand of Daud, Nur ends Today

Two accused in a case for '71 killings, Daud and Nur, being taken to jail on Saturday.
Families of the 15 victims of 1971 war and villagers narrated the role of two alleged killers arrested on Friday and demanded their speedy trial.
They also demanded arrest of rest of the collaborators involved in the killings.
Meanwhile, the two arrested accused disclosed 'important information' regarding activities of the collaborators in the district during interrogation by police yesterday.
Daud Hossain and Nur-e Anwar who were taken on two-day remand on Saturday will be placed before the court today as the remand period ends in the morning, said Asaduzzaman Milon, officer-in-charge of Mohonpur police station.
“They (Daud and Nur) blamed each other for the killings. Our interrogation is still on”, said Milon yesterday evening.
Talking to The Daily Star, M Shahabuddin Khan, superintendent of police in Rajshahi said, the arrestees gave important information about the activities of Razakar, Al Badr and Al Shams of the entire district.
“We don't want to give details at this moment for the sake of investigation”, said Khan adding police came to know the role and operations by the arrestees during the war.
Merajul Islam Sheikh, son of Basir Uddin Sheikh, one of 15 victims lodged the case against 19 persons.
On November 30, 1971, the accused allegedly abducted 15 people of Berabari and Mugroil villages. All of them were killed later, said the case.
During a visit to Berabari and Mugroil villages yesterday, the martyrs' family members and neighbours recalled the activities of the arrested persons and their accomplices.
They also narrated their plight after losing their relatives and demanded arrest of all accused in the case and a speedy trial.
On Mugroil village road, about 28 km away from the city, a memorial was seen with the martyrs' names inscribed on it. Some 50 yards away, this correspondent met Momena Begum and her son Shahid Sheikh.
“I named my son Shaheed (meaning martyr) as I was carrying him when five of my family members were martyred”.
Pakistani Army surrounded the entire village on the fateful day, she said.
Razakar Daud Hossain, Nur-e Anwar, Motiur, Wahed and others led Pakistani army into the village. They picked up her brothers-in-law Idris Sheikh, Habibur Sheikh, Zeker Sheikh, Rashid Sheikh and uncle Nazer Sheikh from homes and shot them dead near the memorial, Momena recalled.
Her husband Yasin Ali was a freedom fighter (FF).
“The day before, we bombed Durai bridge to cut the army supply line. As we (FFs) took shelter at Mugroil the Pakistani forces attacked the village. We managed to flee, but our innocent relatives could not. The attackers ravaged the village and torched every house”, said Yasin.
“The forces took away Idris, a class nine student", said Momena.
At Berabari, 70 years old Yunus Ali Mirza said, Pakistani forces caught him and his neighbour Nahir Uddin Mondol together. Yunus was released later.
“On the previous night, we entertained a group of hungry freedom fighters at our houses”, he said.
" I was abducted when I was going to Kesharhat market to sell molasses," said Abdul Matin who was at his 12 and driving a bullock cart of molasses.
“I saw Daud, Nur, Samsuddin, Sirajul and others at the camp. I begged to Samsuddin for life saying that we were classmates at a school. Later, I was set free”.
This correspondent met Abdul Matin, the cart driver.
“They released me as I was a boy. I can still recollect that Daud was identifying the captives in front of the Pakistani soldiers”.
Nahir never returned. His body was also not found. Two farmers Mohir Khan and Kasim Uddin of the village too went missing after they were picked up from a cane field, Yunus said.
Nahir's son Ansar Ali Mondol was a student of class eight when the collaborators abducted his father.
“For absence of my father, I couldn't study. I had to bring up my brothers by working as a day labourer”.
“When we were frantically looking for my father after Independence, Daud once told me not to look for him any more”, he said weeping.
Chhoytun Bibi, the 70-year-old widow of victim Kasim Uddin started working as domestic help at neighbours' houses since Kasim's departure. She still works as a maid for livelihood.

2 held for '71 killing remanded
Two people, arrested yesterday in Rajshahi on charges of war crimes, were today placed on a two-day police remand for interrogation.
Rajshahi Judicial Magistrate Court passed the remand order as Mohanpur police this morning produced them before it seeking a five-day remand to interrogate.
The law enforcers yesterday arrested Daud Hossain, 70, and Nur-e Anwar, 65, at their homes in Bamundighi Berabari of Mohanpur upazila around dawn in a case filed in connection with killing 15 people during the Liberation War in 1971.
Daud is a Jamaat-e Islami activist while Anwar belongs to BNP, says Aminul Islam, Mougachchi union BNP organising secretary.
Seventeen others are also accused in the case.
Merajul Islam Sheikh, son of Basir Uddin Sheikh, one of the 15 martyrs, of Birsoil in Shahmakhdum lodged the case with a Rajshahi court on June 22 last year and police recorded the case on September 13.
The accused include Shafiullah, Moyeen Uddin, Boyen Uddin of Modanhati, Daud Ali, Nur-e Anwar, Shamsuddin, Sirajul Islam, Motiur Rahman and Awal of Berabari, Alam, Abdul Hai, Abdul Mannan of Mohisbathan, Abu Sayeed of Durgapur, Jan-e Bux, Abdul, Rejbul, Kalim and Kalu of Shahmakhdum.
In his complaint, Merajul said the accused were collaborators of Pakistani forces and were engaged in robbery, murder, arson and rape at Modanhati and other villages during the war.
On November 30, 1971, they abducted the 15 people who were helping freedom fighters at Bogpara Mugroil of Mohanpur. The next morning, all of them were tied together and shot dead.
The 15 martyrs are Nazrul Islam, Idris Ali, Zabibur Rahman, Rashid Sheikh, Jeker Ali Sheikh, Bashir Uddin Sheikh, Mofir Uddin, Fakir Uddin, Yunus Ali, Nuruzzaman, Seku Sardar, Kutub Ali, Meser Ali, Reaz Uddin and Baddyanath Risi.
A monument was later erected at the spot.
Now a rickshaw puller, Merajul demanded exemplary punishment to the collaborators.

Monday, February 23, 2009

2 held for '71 killing in Rajshahi

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Let's study in mother tongue

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Indigenous people in Rajshahi seek constitutional provision

Indigenous children and leaders at a discussion here yesterday demanded constitutional provisions for their primary education in mother tongue.
At the discussion styled 'We Want to Study in Mother Tongue' organised by Jatiya Adibashi Parishad (JAP) at Rajshahi Shilpakala Academy auditorium, they demanded nationalisation of existing two indigenous schools in Rajshahi and establishing at least one school at every village in the region.
Learning without mother tongue is a major obstacle to primary education for ethnic students, said Rajshahi Mayor AHM Khairuzzaman Liton, who attended the discussion as chief guest.
He said he would place the demands before the prime minister.
Inaugurating the discussion, eminent littérateur Hasan Azizul Haque said government institutions as well as NGOs must come forward to ensuring education for the ethnic minorities.
The goal of education for all cannot be achieved without giving priority for indigenous children's primary education, he said.
“Nationalisation of two indigenous schools in Rajshahi, one at Borshapara and another at Sundorpur in Godagari upazila, can help ensure primary education for the region's indigenous children,” JAP General Secretary Rabindranath Saren said.
Rokeya Kabir, local convenor of My Rights Campaign, Saimum Parvez, communications officer of My Rights Campaign, Communist Party of Bangladesh Rajshahi unit President Abul Kalam Azad, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal Rajshahi city unit Secretary Abdullah Al Shibli, Mohila Parishad Secretary Kolpona Roy, NGO activist Afzal Hossain, among others, spoke at the discussion.
Over a hundred indigenous children and students of colleges and universities attended the discussion chaired by JAP President Anil Marandi

Extortionists kill Rajshahi BNP leader

Published On: 2009-01-31

Family accuses AL

A local BNP leader was murdered reportedly for not paying toll to extortionists at Biraldaha village in Puthia upazila early yesterday.Family members of the deceased blamed local Awami League (AL) cadres for the killing of Abu Daud Hossain Mollah, 43, BNP vice-president of ward No 5 under Baneswar union.Police said Daud was hacked by terrorists in front of Biraldaha Primary School just 150 yards from his house while he was returning home from Biraldaha bazaar at about 10pm Thursday. The critically injured BNP leader was rushed to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital where he succumbed to his injury around 2:30am."Daud lived in fear of attack since Wednesday noon when some local AL cadres threatened to kill him or one of his sons if he didn't pay them Tk 1 lakh toll," said Daud's wife Sahera Begum while talking to The Daily Star.After the attack, a police patrol team rescued Daud with a pool of blood and took him to RMCH. Sahera lodged a complaint with the local police accusing 14 persons, including Baneswar union AL vice president Wazed, ward Jubo League secretary Makhu, Union Jubo League secretary Ashraf and Zahidul Islam, a cousin of local AL lawmaker Kazi Abdul Wadud Dara. The police arrested an FIR-named accused and Daud's nephew M Chand Kabiraj.Talking to The Daily Star, Circle ASP Anwar Zahid said they found a vital clue to the murder. The deceased had a rivalry with his nephew M Chand Kabiraj and cousin Jewel over some business shares and the duo also threatened him to kill, he said.Asked about the threat by AL men, he said, “The claim is yet to be substantiated."Daud's son Nurun Nabi alleged that AL men tortured BNP activists and leaders in the area after BNP candidate won in the upazila election.