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British MP’s Concern about arrest of Mahmudur Rahman



Wednesday, July 21, 2010


High Court warning on custodial killings

All extra-judicial deaths must now be investigated

WE are heartened by the warning served on the government by the High Court on the matter of three recent deaths in police custody. Coming on the heels of an earlier HC directive on the issue, this warning should be



Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Car Torching Case

Kamaruzzaman, Quader Molla shown arrested

Two Assistant Secretaries General of Jamaat-e-Islami, Md Kamaruzzaman and Abdul Quader Molla were shown arrested yesterday in connection with a case filed for setting a private car on fire that killed its passenger on July 1



Tuesday, July 20, 2010

15 Jamaat-Shibir activists remanded in Satkhira

Charge faming of 47 in Khulna delayed

Star National Desk

Fifteen Jamaat and Shibir men, arrested in Satkhira on July 15, were placed on a three-day remand while charge framing against 47 activists



Govt silent about Cy Alam: Delwar



Tuesday, July 20, 2010

SC upholds HC bail to Mahmudur in two cases

Staff Correspondent

The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday upheld two High Court orders granting bail to detained Mahmudur Rahman, acting editor of the daily Amar Desh, in two criminal cases



Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Jamaat leaders remanded in 3 cases

Court Correspondent

Four Jamaat-e-Islami leaders including its secretary general Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojahid were taken yesterday on a three-day remand each in three criminal cases filed with different police stations on different charges.



Tuesday, July 20, 2010

BCL men go on rampage at Mymensingh

Demand their 'admission quota'

Our Correspondent, Mymensingh

Activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) vandalised properties on Mymensingh Polytechnic Institute (MPI) yesterday demanding an "admission quota" for their adherents.



Tuesday, July 20, 2010

HC asks police, Rab to find Alam

Pro-BNP DCC councillors stage token hunger strike

Pro-BNP ward councillors led by Dhaka City Corporation Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka stage a token hunger strike at the Jatiya Press Club yesterday demanding that the government find out ward councillor Chowdhury Alam immediately.Photo: STAR



Tuesday, July 20, 2010

HC warns against custodial deaths

Says no mercy for such incident, asks DMP to report its actions by Aug 3

Ashutosh Sarkar

The High Court yesterday issued a stern warning to the government that it must take legal action against policemen involved in custodial deaths



Muzahid, Saydee, Kamaruzzaman and Kader Mollah on 3 days fresh Remand





Monday, July 19, 2010


7 including 5 teachers hurt as BCL factions clash

BM College expels 2 for life, suspends 3

The teachers' room of the social welfare department of Government BM College in Barisal city lies ransacked after a group of Bangladesh Chhatra League activists ran amok during an intra-party clash at the institution yesterday. Photo: STAR



Monday, July 19, 2010


BCL and AL leaders

Abdus Subhan, On e-mail

AL leaders are speaking their minds. One of them disowned Chattra League's wanton barbarism all over the country. Another frank and blunt




Sunday, July 18, 2010

Front Page

Killings in '71

Nizami on 5-day fresh remand

Court Correspondent

A Dhaka court yesterday placed Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami on a five-day fresh remand in a case filed for killing 345 people during the country's Liberation War.




2005 HC order will end Jamaat politics: Qamrul


State Minister for Law Adv Qamrul Islam has said that the Jamaat-e-Islami's politics will be banned through implementation of the 2005 High Court ruling, which had repealed the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution.



Sunday, July 18, 2010



AL warning to errant MPs and BCL elements

Action taken so far has had little effect

THE top echelon of the Awami League leadership has warned party lawmakers and activists of the Chhatra League that action will be taken



Sunday, July 18, 2010


7 more Jamaat activists held

Star Report

Police arrested seven activists of Jamaat-e-Islami in Dinajpur and Satkhira districts yesterday.




Saturday, July 17, 2010

All-party JS body soon to amend constitution: PM

Staff Correspondent

The government will form an all-party parliamentary committee this week to make changes to the constitution, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said.

"The committee will decide on how to go about constitution amendment, the process of which will begin in the current session of parliament," she added.

Hasina, also president of the ruling Awami League, was addressing an AL Central Working Committee meeting at Gono Bhaban.

She said her government is pursuing changes to the republic's charter in order to uphold the High Court's verdict on the fifth amendment.

"Changes are essential as the military dictators have distorted the constitution after 1975."

On a different note, she said she is confident the government would be able to solve all the problems created over the seven years till she took office in January last year.

The prime minister said trial of the BDR mutiny will be held in a fair and transparent manner.

On February 25-26 last year, the bloodbath in BDR Pilkhana headquarters left 74 people including 57 army officers killed.

Mentioning the increased pass rate in Higher Secondary School examinations, Hasina said, "The government has already listed 1,600 educational institutions for MPO (monthly payment order) facilities."

It will set up 10 more public schools in the capital to ease admission difficulties, she added.

She also said her government has employed 1.20 lakh people in last 18 months



Friday, July 16, 2010

Arrests put Jamaat in deep trouble

Rakib Hasnet Suman

Jamaat-e-Islami now struggles to come up with an effective strategy to face the current crisis arising from the large number of arrests of its party leaders across the country.

Party leaders said they would observe the whole situation while keeping in touch with their international contacts and fight legal battles to free their leaders including Ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami.

ATM Azharul Islam, acting secretary general of Jamaat, said, "We are observing the situation. The legal battle to free our leaders will continue along with a peaceful movement."

Jamaat lawmaker and its Dhaka unit general secretary Hamidur Rahman Azad said they cannot take the arrests of the party's top leaders lightly but being a political party they would put emphasis on a peaceful movement.

Law enforcers on June 29 arrested Motiur Rahman Nizami, Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojahid and Delwar Hossain Sayedee and also detained Abdul Quader Molla and Mohammad Kamaruzzaman on 13 July.

Of them, Molla and Kamaruzzaman were arrested on charge of mass murder in 1971.

Party leaders however ruled out the idea that the party supporters and leaders of the new generation don't want controversial leaders, highly criticised for their dubious role during the Liberation War, to be at the helm of Jamaat.

Both Azhar and Azad termed the war crimes allegations against Jamaat leaders funny.

They said the government is using the issue in a planned way to weaken the opposition by crushing Jamaat.

Azhar said the government targeted Jamaat to weaken the opposition fearing a possible anti-government movement. But it has to keep in mind that Jamaat is a political party, which is registered with the Election Commission and has representation in parliament.

"It is true that we are worried about the present situation."

But the party knows how to tackle it like it did in the past, he said.

Azad said they would not accept such autocratic attitude of the government but they will continue a peaceful movement.

A number of Jamaat leaders said they are worried about the arrests of the party leaders across the country and considered it a deep crisis for the party for the first time in the last two decades.

They said the party has decided to adopt a wait-and-see policy for now






Mojahid on fresh remand

Court Correspondent

A Dhaka court yesterday placed Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami Secretary General Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojahid on a three-day fresh remand in a case filed for killing 345 people during the country's Liberation War in 1971.

Meantime, Jamaat Ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami was also shown arrested on Wednesday in the case following an application submitted by the Criminal Investigation Department. CID also prayed for a ten-day remand to interrogate Nizami.

The hearing on the remand prayer will be held in the court after he is produced before the court on expiry of his remand period in another case.

Metropolitan Magistrate Roksana Begum Happy issued the remand order after CID Inspector Nurul Islam Siddiqui, also the investigation officer (IO) of the case, produced Mojahid before it with a 10-day remand prayer.

Earlier on Wednesday, the same court granted a five-day remand each to detained Jamaat leaders Muhammad Kamaruzzaman and Abdul Quader Molla in the same case.

Freedom fighter Amir Hossain Mollah filed the case on January 25, 2008, with the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court.

Third Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Mohammad Ali Hussain yesterday allowed Uttara police to take Mojahid and Sayedee on a three-day remand granted earlier in connection with a case filed with Uttara police for creating anti-state activities across the country.

The duo were produced before it on completion of their 13 days' remand in four cases filed with Paltan and Ramna police stations on February 12, 17 and June 20 and 26.

The two along with Nizami were shown arrested on June 30 in the case and they were placed on a three-day remand.

The same court yesterday re-fixed July 18 for hearing on a prayer for a seven-day remand of detained Jamaat Nayeb-e-Ameer Delwar Hossain Sayedee in a case filed for attempt to kill late Prof Humayun Azad on February 27, 2004.

Assailants stabbed prominent writer Humayun Azad brutally with machetes in front of Bangla Academy when he was on his way back to his residence.

The court fixed the date again as CID Inspector Mostafizur Rahman, also the IO of the case, could not submit the case diary before it yesterday.

The CID produced Sayedee before the court as it had fixed yesterday for hearing the remand prayer earlier. The IO on July 11 prayed for his seven-day remand.

Sayedee was also shown arrested in connection with the case on the same day.

Another Dhaka court yesterday placed seven people including Quader Molla's son and two sons-in-law and also Kamaruzzaman's son and nephew on a two-day remand in a case filed under section 54 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

The arrestees are Quader's son Hasan Jamil and sons-in-law Zahirul Islam and Mahibullah, Kamaruzzaman's son Hasan Imam and nephew Mashqur Rahman Jitu, and Shibir activists Zaman and Monirul Huq.

Metropolitan Magistrate GM Al Masud passed the order after Kotwali police produced them before it with a seven-day remand prayer.

Police arrested them from the court on Wednesday on charges of attempts to deteriorate law and order on the court premises.





HC asks police not to torture Jamaat trio

Staff Correspondent

The High Court (HC) yesterday directed police not to torture Jamaat-e-Islami chief Motiur Rahman Nizami, its Secretary General Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojahid and Nayeb-e-Ameer Delwar Hossain Sayedee in any manner after taking them on remand in a sedition case.

A division bench of Justice Syed Mohammad Dastagir Husain and Justice AKM Zahirul Hoque ordered the police authorities to allow their counsels to meet them for legal consultations.

It asked the authorities to take steps for medical check-ups of the Jamaat top brass who spent most of the time on remand in different cases since their arrests on June 29.

The court also asked them to supply pillows to the remanded Jamaat leaders for sleeping.

It passed the order following a petition filed by the Jamaat leaders challenging the remand orders against them.

A Dhaka court on June 30 placed the Jamaat trio on remand for interrogation in the sedition case filed with Uttara Police Station in March this year.

Abdur Razzaq appeared for the petitioners while Additional Attorney General Momtazuddin Fakir represented the government





US embassy official concerned Claims Jamaat

Staff Correspondent

A political officer of the US embassy in Dhaka yesterday expressed concern over the recent arrest of top ranking leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami, claimed a Jamaat press release.

The officer, Partha Majumdar, met Jamaat's acting secretary general ATM Azaharul Islam at the party's central office in Moghbazar at around 10:00am yesterday.

During the meeting, the political officer and Jamaat leaders discussed the present situation of the country, the press release added.

Party central leader Dr Syed Abdullah Muhammad Taher was also present at the meeting






7 Jamaat men held in Satkhira, two sent to jail in Natore

Star National Desk

Seven Jamaat leaders and activists were arrested at their houses in Sadar upazila of Satkhira district on Wednesday night while two arrested activists of the party sent to jail in Natore yesterday.

In Satkhira, police raided four villages and and arresteed the Jamaat men. The arrestees are Hasanuzzaman, 32, son of Hafizur Rahman of Baikari village, Israfil Sardar, 45, son of Idris Ali of Chhoygharia village, Safiqul Islam, 45, son of Rais Uddin Biswas and Abdul Kader Dhabak, 40 son of Abdul Gafoor of Kaliani village and Akramuzzaman, 45 son of Abbas Uddin, Sabbir Hossain, 25 and Nayeem Siddique, 20 son of Mahmudul Hasan of Agardari village, reports our correspondent.

Police said the arrestees were planning to carry out subversive activities in the district. They were shown arrested in a sedition case and produced before the Chief Judicial Magistrate's Court yesterday.

The court rejected their bail prayers and sent them to jail, court sources said.

According to a correspondent from Natore, two Jamaat activists, arrested in Kandivita area in the town Wednesday evening, were sent to jail yesterday.

Officer-in-Charge of Natore Police Station Abdullah Al Mamun said they arrested the Jamaat activists Jainal Abedin and Rubel for their alleged involvement in destructive activities.

Police produced the two in a court that rejected their bail prayers and sent them to jail.

Earlier on Wednesday, police arrested city Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami Atiqul Islam Russell, activists Jamal Uddin, Nurul Islam, Mehedi and Shibir activist Abdullah Al Mamum at Islamia Hospital at Harishpur area in the city.

Police said they detained the Jamaat men as they were holding a 'secret' meeting



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