Thursday, March 18, 2010

Three Shibir men held in Rajshahi

Friday, March 5, 2010

Jihadi books seized from female dorms

Police yesterday arrested three activists of Islami Chhatra Shibir, also students of Rajshahi University (RU), from Bagmara and RU campus.

Police also raided five Shibir-controlled private dormitories for female students of different educational institutions in the city and seized seven jihadi books from one of them.

One of the arrestees, Abdur Razzak, a final year student of Islamic studies at RU, is an accused in the case filed by Humayun Kabir, a resident student of Ziaur Rahman Hall of RU, who was assaulted by Shibir cadres during their attacks on February 9, said Mrinal Bhattacharya, assistant commissioner of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police (RMP).

Abdur Razzak, a final year student of Islamic studies at RU, was arrested from his village home at Nandanpur in Bagmara in the morning, said Bagmara Police Station Officer-in-Charge Harunur Rashid.

Police also picked up Atiur Rahman, a final year student of applied chemistry department and resident student of Sohrawardi Hall, and Mahmudul Hasan, a fourth year student of Islamic Studies and resident of Abdul Latif Hall of RU, from the campus.

Blank answer sheets of applied chemistry examinations were found at the room of Atiur Rahman during February 25 joint raids on Sohrawardi Hall, said Motihar Police Station OC Tofazzel Hossain. Police and hall authorities suspect that such blank answer sheets were used for taking unfair means in the examinations.

The police raided the private female students' hostels -- Ujir Manjil Chhatri Nibash beside Rajshahi City College, Green Valley Chhatri Nibash at Malopara, Noor Mohol, Paragon at Hatim Khan and Shanti Niketon near Paramedical Institute for two hours from 7:00am. The seven jihadi books were seized from Paragon.

Police raided the private female students' hostels for the first time after they got information that the residents were helping fugitive Shibir leaders by providing information, said RMP Commissioner M Nawsher Ali. However, none was arrested from the hostels.

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BCL cadre arrested

Friday, March 5, 2010

Police yesterday arrested a Chhatra League (BCL) cadre from Rajshahi Polytechnic Institute (RPI) on charge of stabbing a Chhatra Moitree leader. Arrestee Wasiur Rahman Anik was a first year student of electro medical department and suspected killer of Chhatra Moitree leader Sunny, said Jasim Uddin, OC of Boalia police station. Anik stabbed the Rajshahi Polytechnic Institute unit Moitree general secretary Sajjadur Rahman Sujon at around 12:30pm as the latter called police seeing him on the campus. Sujon handed Anik over to police, said police and witnesses. Sujon was later admitted to Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital. Rezwanul Islam Chowdhury Sunny, the institute unit Moitree vice-president was killed in a BCL attack on January 7.

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Friday, March 5, 2010

Three Shibir men, one BCL cadre held in Rajshahi; RMCH Asst Director

Friday, March 5, 2010

Jihadi books seized from female dorms
Police yesterday arrested three activists of Islami Chhatra Shibir, also students of Rajshahi University (RU), from Bagmara and RU campus.

Police also raided five Shibir-controlled private dormitories for female students of different educational institutions in the city and seized seven jihadi books from one of them.

One of the arrestees, Abdur Razzak, a final year student of Islamic studies at RU, is an accused in the case filed by Humayun Kabir, a resident student of Ziaur Rahman Hall of RU, who was assaulted by Shibir cadres during their attacks on February 9, said Mrinal Bhattacharya, assistant commissioner of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police (RMP).

Abdur Razzak, a final year student of Islamic studies at RU, was arrested from his village home at Nandanpur in Bagmara in the morning, said Bagmara Police Station Officer-in-Charge Harunur Rashid.

Police also picked up Atiur Rahman, a final year student of applied chemistry department and resident student of Sohrawardi Hall, and Mahmudul Hasan, a fourth year student of Islamic Studies and resident of Abdul Latif Hall of RU, from the campus.

Blank answer sheets of applied chemistry examinations were found at the room of Atiur Rahman during February 25 joint raids on Sohrawardi Hall, said Motihar Police Station OC Tofazzel Hossain. Police and hall authorities suspect that such blank answer sheets were used for taking unfair means in the examinations.

The police raided the private female students' hostels -- Ujir Manjil Chhatri Nibash beside Rajshahi City College, Green Valley Chhatri Nibash at Malopara, Noor Mohol, Paragon at Hatim Khan and Shanti Niketon near Paramedical Institute for two hours from 7:00am. The seven jihadi books were seized from Paragon.

Police raided the private female students' hostels for the first time after they got information that the residents were helping fugitive Shibir leaders by providing information, said RMP Commissioner M Nawsher Ali. However, none was arrested from the hostels.

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Friday, March 5, 2010

Police yesterday arrested a Chhatra League (BCL) cadre from Rajshahi Polytechnic Institute (RPI) on charge of stabbing a Chhatra Moitree leader. Arrestee Wasiur Rahman Anik was a first year student of electro medical department and suspected killer of Chhatra Moitree leader Sunny, said Jasim Uddin, OC of Boalia police station. Anik stabbed the Rajshahi Polytechnic Institute unit Moitree general secretary Sajjadur Rahman Sujon at around 12:30pm as the latter called police seeing him on the campus. Sujon handed Anik over to police, said police and witnesses. Sujon was later admitted to Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital. Rezwanul Islam Chowdhury Sunny, the institute unit Moitree vice-president was killed in a BCL attack on January 7.

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Probe into graft charges against RMCH Asst Director begins

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Rajshahi divisional health directorate on Monday started investigation into allegations of power abuse and irregularities against an assistant director of Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH).

Following a ministerial order, the divisional health Director Dr Abdur Rashid Mridha called RMCH Assistant Director Dr Muhibul Hasan to his office and enquired him about the allegations.
Dr Muhibul is general secretary of RMCH chapters of Bangladesh Medical Association and Swadhinata Chikitsak Parishad, a doctors' forum backed by the ruling Awami League.

Some 14 doctors who were allegedly victimised by Muhibul were also enquired.

The investigation was initiated following an anonymous letter that was sent to the health ministry alleging that Dr Muhibul forced some 14 doctors to give him money by threatening them of transfer.

Talking to The Daily Star, health Director Dr Abdur Rashid Mridha confirmed the investigation but declined to give details.

When contacted, Dr Muhibul Hasan said the allegations against him are false.

"The health director interviewed me over the allegations that came through an anonymous letter. Those who are envious at the development works under my leadership are circulating propaganda against me,” he said.

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Shibir rented out RU hall seats

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Documents from police raids showed they made around Tk 24 lakh a year out of it; RU moves to take legal action

Seats of different dormitories at Rajshahi University were illegally rented out to students by Islami Chhatra Shibir cadres in connivance with a section of office staff.

The Shibir leaders and activists involved in the illegal business invested the seat rent money in credit schemes for party men in addition to paying out for organisational activities.

These facts were revealed from documents seized during joint raids to different dormitories by the university authorities and law enforcers since February 23.

The Daily Star has obtained copies of the documents seized at Suhrawardy Hall on February 25.

The university authorities are scrutinising the documents to detect those responsible and submit a report to police for taking legal action, RU Vice-Chancellor Prof M Abdus Sobhan told The Daily Star.

He said the proctors and hall provosts have been assigned to prepare the report.

According to sources and the documents, Shibir men were pocketing around Tk 24 lakh every year through the seat business at 11 male students' dormitories since 2005.

The Shibir men used to rent out 40 to 50 rooms at each dormitory and their income from those rooms was Tk 18,000-20,000 per month.

The hall unit leaders used to maintain accounts of this business on several register books, which were also audited every month by leaders from other halls, RU and city units, the sources say.

The sources added that some supervisors and other staffs of the halls used to help the Shibir leaders trade on vacant seats.

The documents obtained from Suhrawardy Hall show Shibir's monthly income hovered between Tk 4,160 and Tk 8,660 excluding the month of January in 2008 during the changed scenario under the caretaker rule.

In January 2008, the Suhrawardy Hall unit Shibir earned Tk 18,320 against 49 seats in 33 rooms. They collected Tk 120 to Tk 840 in rent from each student.

Their annual income from the hall was Tk 78,455 in 2007 and Tk 73,882 in 2008.

From this income, 44 Shibir men of different halls and Shibir-controlled private messes including Students' Welfare hostel of Binodpur were given credit amounting to over Tk 28,000 between February 2009 and January 2010.

The figures of their loan amount to Tk 100 to Tk 5,000, the documents show.

Shibir had other source of income through the general students on the campus. They used to earn up to Tk 2,000 each month through sale, often by force, of six publications -- Kishore Kantha, Chhatra Sangbad, Youth Wave, Nirjhor, Students Views and Current Issue.

The sources say Shibir men engaged in such illegal activities created terror among the students and forced them to accept everything they did.

A document shows leaders of the Suhrawardy Hall unit were asked to send "hardcore Shibir men to the rooms of Bangladesh Chhatra League men with an aim to terrorise them".

Signed by different halls' Shibir leaders including Anisur Rahman, Abu Kawsar Akand, Atikul Islam, Arif Hossain, Jahangir Alam, Habibullah Masum, Khalid Hossain and Faruk Hossain in last January, the document also suggested listing the hall officials and staff, increasing activities at every room and working among common students in a planned way.

The document says Shibir has a spy by the name of Mohammad Ali Khan among 11 BCL workers at the hall.

A diary maintained by hall unit Shibir secretary Abdur Razzak shows his notes from a meeting on how to launch attacks on other halls.

"Their activities [as found in the documents] appear to be too enormous to be carried out by students alongside their studies," commented the VC, saying, they built Shibir secretariat at every hall.

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"Tough action to be taken for negligence of duty"

Monday, March 1, 2010

Tuku warns law enforcers

State Minister for Home Shamsul Haque Tuku on Saturday warned the law enforcement agencies of tough actions for any negligence of their duties to ensure security of people.

The anti-liberation forces are carrying out terrorist activities in a premeditated way across the country, he said, adding that any negligence of respective duties to control the criminals would not be tolerated.

“If any negligence is found, tough action will be taken.”

Tuku said this at a view exchange meeting with senior officials of the law enforcement agencies and the district administration at Rajshahi Circuit House.

Criminals are being arrested one after another, he said and asked the law enforcers to take actions against the big shots of Jamaat-Shibir if any of them were found involved in criminal activities.

The minister came to Rajshahi by a private helicopter to attend a religious function at Bagmara on the occasion of Eid-e-Miladunnabi.

He called on Rajshahi University vice chancellor and progressive teachers at his residence, addressed Bangladesh Chhatra League leaders and held meetings with the police, Rab and administrative officials.

He asked the RU teachers and BCL workers to stay united to fight against the anti-liberation forces upholding the country's interests over personal gains.

“Only the state machineries are not sufficient to deal with the evil Jamaat-Shibir axis, we need organisational and cultural strength. So, all must remain united with a patriotic zeal.”

Rajshahi Mayor AHM Khairuzzaman Liton, Barendra Multipurpose Development Authority (BMDA) Chairman Nurul Islam Thandhu, RU VC Prof Abdus Sobhan, Pro-VC Muhammad Nurullah, RU Progressive Teachers Association Convener Prof Shahnewaz Ali, Rajshahi SP SM Rokon Uddin, RMP Commissioner Nawsher Ali and Rab-5 Director Moinuddin Mahmud Chowdhury were present at the programmes.

RU BCL President Awal Kabir Joy and General Secretary Majedul Islam Apu were present at the campus programmes.

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Ex-RCC councillor, Shibir leader held

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Rab yesterday arrested former RCC ward councillor and Jamaat leader Mohammad Gias Uddin and Rajshahi University Habibur Rahman Hall Shibir unit president Reazul Islam in cases filed in connection with the violence and murder on RU campus on February 9.

Gias, of Dasmari in Motihar, was arrested at Rajshahi in a case filed in connection with assault on law enforcers during the RU violence. Reazul was arrested at Narayanganj, following a tip off, in the case filed in connection with the murder of Chhatra League leader Faruk Hossain in RU.

Rapid Action Battalion-5 sources said they arrested former Rajshahi City Corporation ward councillor Gias at Monigram of Bagha upazila around 4:00pm.

Assistant Commissioner of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police Mrinal Kanti Bhattacharya and Rab sources claimed that Gias is a military trainer of Shibir cadres and he was hiding there.

A team of Rab-2 arrested Reazul at a house in Siddhirganj of Narayanganj early yesterday. He was handed over to Siddhirganj Police Station in the afternoon. He would be sent to Rajshahi later on, Rab sources said.

Rab officials claimed that during preliminary interrogation Reazul told them the attack on Bangladesh Chhatra League on February 9 was carried out following a decision of Jamaat-e-Islami to capture eight dormitories of the university ousting Chhatra League men from there.

Rab intelligence wing Director Lt Col Ziaul Hasan told reporters, "There was a directive of Jamaat to Shibir men to capture Rajshahi University dormitories and according to a plan the Shibir cadres swooped on the Chhatra League men in five groups."

"After the attack and the killing, the Shibir cadres fled the campus on instruction of their high-ups," the Rab director said.

Reazul was brought before journalists and he narrated how the attack was made.

With the arrest of Reazul, so far eight accused in the Faruk killing case have been arrested. One other accused was "found dead" by law enforcers in Chapainawabganj district.

However, key accused in the Faruk murder case RU unit Shibir general secretary Mobarak Hossain and Shah Makhdum Hall Shibir unit president Anisur Rahman, who allegedly led the attack, remain at large.

Over 600 Jamaat-Shibir leaders and activists were arrested in connection with the violence in RU, Chittagong University, and other educational institutions across the country.

Of them, Rajshahi city Jamaat unit Ameer Ataur Rahman, general secretary Abul Kalam Azad, assistant general secretary Siddiq Hossain and 100 other Jamaat-Shibir leaders and cadres were arrested in connection with RU violence.

Chittagong city Jamaat unit ameer was also arrested in Chittagong.

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Growers happy as mango trees blossom profusely

Mango growers and experts see bright prospect of a bumper production of mango this year as trees are in full bloom in Chapainawabganj and Rajshahi districts.

According to the Regional Horticulture Research Station (RHRS) in Chapainawabganj, about 80 percent mango trees in the country's largest mango-producing district have so far flowered, reports our correspondent Rabiul Hasan.

The weather has been favourable for flowering and if there is no prolonged draught, storm or foggy weather there would be a bumper production of mango this year, said Dr Md Shafiqul Islam, chief scientific officer of RHRS.

There are 16,72,500 mango trees on 22,300 hectares of land in Chapainawabganj district and Shibganj upazila has the highest 9,18,375 mango trees on 12,245 hectares of land, said sources at the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE).

The district produced 1,05,000 tonnes of mango last year, they said, adding that the Barind region sees a gradual increase in mango cultivation as farmers find it more profitable than crop farming. The weather, temperature and soil of Barind region are suitable for mango cultivation.

Nazrul Islam, president of district mango traders association, said they have requested the authorities not to allow mango import at least for three months from May to July every year as mango orchard owners and traders face financial losses due to import of Indian mangoes.

Almost all the mango trees in the region are now covered with buds while a few early variety trees have started bearing fruits, as there is favourable weather condition, they said.

“If the climate remains favourable, we will see a bumper production this year,” said M Yunus Ali, additional director of DAE in Rajshahi region.

The annual average mango production is about 500,000 tonnes from over 45,000 hectares of land in eight districts including 'mango capital' Chapainawabganj, he said.

DAE officials are advising mango growers about taking some precautionary measures to protect the buds from hoppers during the fruiting period, he added.

Growers are taking care for protecting buds from insects by spraying insecticides, pouring water and fertiliser around the mango trees to ensure a good yield, said Sanwar Hossain, a mango orchard owner at Kasiadanga in Rajshahi city.

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Ahle Hadith leader freed on bail; Two Jamaat leaders land in jail

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Jamaat-e-Ahle Hadith Secretary General Rezaul Karim was released on bail from Rajshahi Central Jail yesterday.

Jail sources said District and Sessions Judge AR Masud granted his (Rezaul's) bail prayer Tuesday afternoon, as he was not wanted in any other cases.

Detective Branch of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police arrested Rezaul on November 23 last year on charge of giving death threat to Attorney General Mahbubey Alam through a letter.

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Friday, February 26, 2010

RU Violence

Two Jamaat leaders arrested over the recent violence at Rajshahi University were sent to jail yesterday after end of their remand.

Of them, Rajshahi city Jamaat General Secretary Abul Kalam Azad had been remanded twice and Siddique Hossain, assistant secretary of the same unit and a member of the RU syndicate, thrice.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Ruhul Amin put the two in jail after police produced them in the afternoon.

Police told the court that the arrestees are found to have been involved in the RU violence that left a Chhatra League worker killed and 100 others injured on February 9.

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24 key Shibir leaders 'quit' over RU violence; Shibir embroiled itself in conflicts

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

At least 24 leaders of Islami Chhatra Shibir including its secretary general Abdullah Al Mamun Chowdhury "quit" from the students' body last night apparently due to internal conflict over the Rajshahi University violence on February 9.

The office secretary and finance secretary of Shibir and the president of its Dhaka University unit were among those who resigned, party sources said.

Shibir insiders said a section of Shibir leaders brought allegations including that of the failure to handle the Rajshahi University incident properly against Shibir President Rezaul Karim and top-level Jamaat-e-Islami leaders.

The Jamaat leaders had held a series of meetings with Shibir leaders at the Al-Falah auditorium in the city yesterday and the day before to resolve the dispute.

Shibir general secretary Mamun in the wee hours today told The Daily Star that he had actually resigned two days ago due to personal reasons.

Asked about the rest of the Shibir leaders' resignation, Mamun refused to comment.

Many Shibir leaders who resigned could not be reached for their comments last night as they kept their mobile phones switched off.

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Mojaheed's RU role, Shibir president's alleged graft led to mass resignation

A large number of Islami Chhatra Shibir leaders of different tiers are actively considering resigning following internal conflicts between top leaders of Shibir and its parent organisation Jamaat-e-Islami.

A Shibir leader, who resigned on Monday, told The Daily Star, "Frustrated with the internal conflicts and countrywide onslaught against Shibir, many leaders of different units are at the point of resigning from the party."

Top Jamaat leaders' inference in making decisions including that on the recent violence at Rajshahi University (RU) and autocratic attitude of some party bigwigs, including Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed, among other reasons, led to the mass resignation of 26 central Shibir leaders on Monday.

Party insiders said the mass resignation took place in protest at Mojaheed's alleged backing of Shibir President Rezaul Karim against whom Shibir leaders had brought specific evidence of embezzlement and other corruption.

Insiders in the pro-Jamaat student body said they resigned from the organisation because they were kept aside during making crucial decision including the one on the RU unrest.

Besides, a section of Shibir leaders think that Jamaat should apologise for their role in the Liberation War and committing war crimes. They said Shibir should not take the blame and suffer for Jamaat leaders' role in the war.

Seeking anonymity, two senior Jamaat leaders said a clear difference of opinion was created between the Jamaat and Shibir on some latest incidents including the involvement of Shibir in RU killing.

"Top Jamaat leaders force us in taking different decisions as they did during the RU unrest," a recently resigned top Shibir leader of Dhaka University unit told The Daily Star.

"Except the Shibir president and some Jamaat leaders, most of the Shibir leaders did not know anything prior to the killing at Rajshahi University. Moreover, the leaders of our parent organisation misunderstood us and blamed us for the aftermath of the incident," he added.

A few of the leaders, however, said such mass resignation was an attempt to avoid arrest and wrath of the Awami League-led government after the killing at RU.

Sources said different intelligence agencies are keeping an eye on the leaders resigned Monday to ascertain whether they have any plans to destabilise educational institutions.

On corruption of the Shibir president, a Shibir leader who had resigned said Rezaul embezzled organisation's money, which he spent on his marriage. This actually irked the Shibir leaders and they expressed no-confidence in Rezaul.

Jamaat Ameer Matiur Rahman Nizami refused to comment on the issue when reporters sought his comment after a programme at city's Al-Falah auditorium on Tuesday.

Talking to The Daily Star on the allegation against him Mojaheed said, Chhatra Shibir is an independent organisation and there is no scope for interfering in their decision-making process.

Mass resignation of Shibir leaders is a major blow for the student organisation as well as its parent organisation in the last 30 years, commented a Jamaat leader.

Since its inception in 1977, Shibir did not fall in such crisis except the one in 1982 when several party leaders deserted the organisation over the dispute centring Iran revolution, party sources said.

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Two Jamaat, Shibir leaders on remand; Jamaat leader remanded again

Friday, February 19, 2010

RU Violence

Rajshahi city Jamaat-e-Islami general secretary Abul Kalam Azad and Rajshahi Polytechnic Institute Islami Chhatra Shibir president Tariq Saifulla were taken on a five-day remand yesterday.

They were arrested on Wednesday in connection with Rajshahi University violence on February 9, the police said.

Meanwhile, police arrested four more Shibir cadres from the city.

Azad was arrested on charge of abetting Shibir cadres during the RU violence that left Chhatra League activist Faruk Hossain dead and several others injured.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

4 more Shibir cadres held at RU

Police arrested four more cadres of Islami Chhatra Shibir, an associated organisation of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, at Rajshahi University yesterday.

The arrestees are Rahat, a sixth semester student of management department, Riad Ibne Ahad, Arifuzzaman and Monjurul Islam, third year students of law and justice department of the university.

Sources said BCL activists beat up Rahat in front of the management department in Rabindra Arts building suspecting him a Shibir cadre and handed him over to police around 12:30pm. Later, police picked up Riad, Arifuzzaman and Monjurul while they were taking the university exam.

Following the arrests, the RU Institute of Business Administration (IBA) suspended all academic activities till February 25 while departments of Marketing and Management postponed all scheduled exams indefinitely.

Officer-in-Charge of Motihar Police Station Tofazzel Hossain said the arrests were made on suspicion of their involvement in six cases filed in connection with the recent RU violence. “We will take further action after interrogating them,” the OC said.

In another incident, Motihar police yesterday recovered 21 'jihadi' books from Rahamatunnessa Hall, a female dormitory of Rajshahi University. Police said they recovered those from below a staircase of the hall around 9.30am after the university authorities had informed them.

The Rajshahi city Jamaat assistant general secretary Siddik Hossain, arrested over the February 9 Rajshahi University violence, was taken on another three days' police remand yesterday.

The additional chief metropolitan magistrate court granted the police three days when they prayed for five days' remand against Siddik.

Meanwhile, police arrested Faruk Hossain, 26, a Shibir cadre, on charge of killing of Hafizur Rahman Shahin, another Shibir cadre of Rajshahi University unit, from Chamar Bazar in Shibganj upazila of Chapainawabganj Sunday evening.

A court sent him to jail after he was produced before it yesterday, police said.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Secret Jamaat-Shibir Meeting
RU teacher among 10 held in Natore

Police arrested 10 Jamaat-Shibir activists, including a teacher of Rajshahi University, while they were holding a secret meeting at Far East Islami Life Insurance office at Shahara Plaza in Natore town yesterday.

Officials of the Far East Islami Life Insurance Company claimed that police arrested the persons when they were attending a monthly meeting of the financial institution in the afternoon.

Receiving information that Jamaat and Shibir men are holding a secret meeting at Far East Islami Life Insurance Company's office in the town, Chhatra League and Jubo League activists rushed to Sahara Plaza at around 4:15pm.

Witnesses said, the BCL and Jubo League men cordoned off the office, beat up the people who were holding a meeting inside and informed the police.

Police reached the spot, arrested the Jamaat and Shibir activists and took them to Natore Sadar Police Station.

Officer-in-Charge (OC) Mamunur Rashid of Natore Sadar Police Station said police arrested the Jamaat- Shibir men as they were holding a secret meeting at the office.

Two persons were injured from a fall as they tried to escape arrest. They are Abul Hashem, son of Abul Kashem of Saturia village and Abdul Alim, son of Belal Hossain of Roy Halsa village in Natore Sadar upazila. Police arrested the two.

Other arrestees are Badiuzzaman, son of Abu Taleb of Bashbhag village, Syed Ali, son of Hazrat Ali of Bagrom village and Shahjalal, a teacher of Beel Haloti College in Natore Sadar upazila, Zakir Hossain, son of Abdur Rahman of Purna Kalya village under Boraigram upazila, Abdullah Al Mamun, a teacher of RU Islamic studies department, Ansar Ali, son of Motaleb Ali and Sadrul Billah, son of late Abdul Hye of Singra upazila, and Kamrul Islam, son of Altaf Molla of Kazir Chawk village under Bagatipara upazila.

Contacted, Far East Islami Life Insurance Company official Masudul Haque alleged that Chhatra League and Jubo League workers beat up the bank officials who were at the monthly coordination meeting at the office. Later, police came, arrested the officials and took them to Natore Police Station, he added.

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RMP DC made OSD; Rajshahi city Jamaat GS among 14 held

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Deputy Commissioner of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police Sarder Nurul Amin, who was the Security-in-charge during the Rajshahi University violence, was made officer-on-special-duty and was transferred to police headquarters yesterday.

Twenty eight other senior police personnel -- ranking between deputy inspectors general and additional deputy commissioner -- were also transferred to different places, said a source in police headquarters.

Sources said the government will take departmental actions against DC Sarder Nurul Amin for negligence in duties during the violence that deteriorated the law and order situation on RU campus and the city.

According to the source, Deputy Inspectors General Aftab Uddin Ahmed of police headquarters was made Police Commissioner of Sylhet Metropolitan Police.

Assistant Inspector General (Media) Nazrul Islam was made superintendent of police of Chuadanga district. But no replacement to the post was made

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Rajshahi city unit Jamaat-e-Islami general secretary was arrested yesterday in connection with Rajshahi University violence on February 9 while its detained assistant general secretary was placed on a five-day remand.

Rajshahi police also arrested seven Shibir activists while six more Jamaat-Shibir leaders and activists were arrested at the capital and elsewhere in the country.

In Dhaka, at least 10 people including the Paltan police chief were injured in a clash between police and Jamaat-Shibir activists at Paltan when police tried to hinder their procession.

General Secretary Abul Kalam Azad of Rajshahi city unit Jamaat was arrested on charge of abetting Shibir cadres during the RU violence that left Chhatra League activist Faruk Hossain dead and several others injured, said Tarikul Islam, an assistant commissioner of the DB.

With Azad, police have so far arrested three top Jamaat leaders in Rajshahi in connection with the RU violence.

Meanwhile, Motihar police yesterday produced Assistant General Secretary of Rajshahi city unit Jamaat Siddik Hossain before a court seeking a 10-day remand. The court placed him on a five-day remand.

The seven detained Shibir men arrested yesterday at different places in the district include former Rajshahi Polytechnic Institute unit former president Tarique Saifullah.

Top police officials told The Daily Star that four city Jamaat leaders, an RU teacher and a RU syndicate member locally coordinated three Shibir groups during the RU violence after the mayhem was planned centrally in Dhaka.

In the capital, police arrested Jamaat-Shibir members Monir Hossain, Shamsul Alam and Ehtesham Billah when they brought out a procession demanding release of all the detained Jamaat-Shibir men and later clashed with police.

Witnesses said around five hundred leaders and activists of Jamaat and Shibir brought out the procession around 2:30pm. When police intercepted the procession Jamaat-Shibir men attacked the police prompting them to charge baton.

Officer-in-charge Mujibur Rahman of Paltan Police Station said he also sustained injuries along with several others.

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