Saturday, February 13, 2010

Rajshahi city Jamaat ameer remanded

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Rajshahi city Jamaat Ameer Ataur Rahman and 10 other Shibir men were taken on a five-day remand yesterday in connection with three cases filed for February 9 RU violence.

The court of additional chief metropolitan magistrate granted the five-day remand while the police sought for 10 days.

Ataur Rahman has been shown remanded in Faruk Hossain killing case. BCL activist and Rajshahi University student Faruk was hacked to death during the RU rampage.

Police charged the Jamaat leader with ordering and provoking Shibir cadres to go berserk and perpetrate the murder.

With the 11, the number of arrestees in Rajshahi following the RU incident has reached 46.

Meanwhile, two injured BCL workers, Rahedul Islam Rahi and Ruhul Amin, earlier admitted to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital, lodged two more cases against some 90 Shibir leaders and activists with Motihar Police Station yesterday.

Rahi accused 34 Shibir men, including RU Shibir president Shamsul Alam Golap and general secretary Mobarak Hossain, and 25 other unknown persons. Ruhul accused 31 Shibir men.

The complainants said the accused persons had attacked them during the overnight clash between BCL and Shibir on RU campus.

Including these two cases, a total of five cases have been filed against 700 persons for their alleged involvement in the RU violence.

An unprecedented number of police and Rab members were deployed at different points of the city, especially the Shibir strongholds and mosques, to prevent Shibir from staging protest programmes.

Shibir men have fled the city locking up their messes at Meherchandi, Budpara, Binodpur and several other places. Police raided some of the dens last night.


RU teachers vow to free campus from Jamaat-Shibir

Rajshahi University (RU) teachers under the banner of Progressive Teachers Society (PTS) yesterday vowed to build a Jamaat and Shibir-free campus.

They also decided to publish a list of the teachers and employees of the university who were involved in war crimes in 1971.

At a press conference at the Juberi Bhaban of the university, the teachers called upon the government and the university authorities to ban the politics of Jamaat-e-Islami and pro-Jamaat student organisation Islami Chhatra Shibir to stop the politics of killing.

Demanding immediate trial of the war criminals, the teachers said Jamaat and Shibir cadres are trying to destabilise the country as the government is going to try the war criminals.

They also criticised the role of the law enforcers and detective branches regarding the violence on the campus when Shibir cadres hacked to death Faruque Hossain, an activist of Bangladesh Chhatra League, at Shah Makhdoom Hall in the early hours of February 9.

The progressive teachers also demanded pro-Jamaat teachers and employees recruited by the BNP-Jamaat government be suspended.

They urged countrymen to be united against the anti-liberation forces and demanded immediate punishment to the killers of Faruque.

The teachers also called upon the government to stand by the distressed family of Faruque.

PTS Convener Prof Shahnewaz Ali presided over the press conference while Mukhlesur Rahman of Bangabandhu Parishad, Prof Jalaluddin, Prof Chitta Ranjan Saha Mishra, Prof Moloy Kumar Bhowmik, Prof Mahbubur Rahman, Prof Dulal Chandra Bishwas, Prof Ananda Kumar Saha, Prof Sabbir Sattar Tapu and Prof Fayekuzzaman also spoke.

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