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The Daily Star, Dhaka, 14 Oct 2010

AL in power, no worries

Party lawmaker assures accused in Sanaullah murder case at Natore rally

M Abul Kalam Azad and Bulbul Ahmed, from Natore

Awami League lawmaker of Baraigram-Gurudaspur constituency Abdul Quddus yesterday assured his party men accused in the BNP leader Sanaullah Noor Babu murder case of "trouble-free" future.

"There is nothing to be worried about. The Awami League government is in power. Nothing will happen to the accused of the murder case," he told a party rally on Bonpara bypass.

"Tuesday's statement of the prime minister is completely different from that of previous days. You must understand the reason. We are trying our best to make the premier understand the real story," said Quddus, senior vice-president of Natore district AL.

The PM initially said stern action would be taken against the killers irrespective of their identities. On Tuesday, she blamed BNP for the killing.

Yesterday's rally, organised by local Baraigram unit AL, was the ruling party's first showdown since Friday.

At the rally, Quddus asked the police and administration to act according to the PM's latest statement.

Terming the murder case false and fabricated, he said after several attempts he finally reached the premier and managed to convince her that AL was "not involved" in the murder.

Babu was killed during an attack by over 100 AL, Jubo League and Chhatra League activists on his procession on Friday.

"No Awami League or Jubo League leader has killed Babu," Quddus claimed, asking police, Rab and DB to find out the real culprits. He strongly warned the law-enforcement agencies about harassing party men in the name of investigation.

He claimed AL local leader Zakir was trying to save Babu. "If video footages are properly examined, it would prove Zakir's innocence."

The AL MP also bitterly criticised superintendent of police in Natore Rafiqul Islam for his "anti-ruling party stand". Rafiqul was made officer on special duty on Monday for his "failure" to prevent the incident.

Contradicting local police's claim that they were not aware of BNP procession, Quddus said the upazila nirbahi officer, additional SP and SP forbid Babu to bring out the procession.

Speaking at the rally, Upazila Vice-chairman Ataur Rahman Ata said nothing would happen to AL if one or two Babu is killed. He asked the police to listen to AL leaders and act accordingly.

Shamshuzzoha Shaheb, Baraigram upazila AL publication secretary, urged party activists to prepare a list of BNP men who are still active in different unions. He asked them to tie up the police if they raid their houses in search of killers.

Chaired by elderly AL leader Aftabuddin Pintu, the rally was addressed, among others, by Natore unit president of Swechchha Sebok League Arifur Rahman Arif, Baraigram AL general secretary Mizanur Rahman Mizan, Zahidul Islam Zahid, Abdul Jalil Pramanik and wife of Zakir.

Babu's wife Mohuya Noor Kochi said the killers got inspiration after the PM's "disappointing" statement.

She alleged that Zakir's men killed her husband at the diktat of Quddus. "The video footages are the evidence. Everyone knows who killed my husband in broad daylight."

"The prime minister got justice for her father's killing. I hope I will also get justice," she told The Daily Star.

A Natore court yesterday placed Russell Hossain Rappu, the lone arrestee in connection with the killing of Babu, on a three-day remand.

Baraigram Judicial Magistrate Mahmudul Hasan passed the order after Natore Detective Branch (DB) of police produced him before the court and sought a five-day remand.

Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activist Rappu was arrested from his Mohisdanga village home on Saturday.

“We will start interrogating Rappu soon. We will try to confirm the identity of the attackers by showing him the video footages,” DB Sub-Inspector Md Abdul Hannan, also the investigation officer (IO) of the case, told The Daily Star last night.

All the accused went into hiding after the murder, he said adding that drives are on to apprehend rest of the offenders.

A group of 50 upazila chairmen and vice-chairmen yesterday requested all not to do politics with the killing incident of Babu.

“Natore people are witnessing politics of killing for long. We want to see an end to it,” Bodiuzzaman Badsha, chairman of Nalitabari upazila of Sherpur, told journalists.

Badsha, also the general secretary of Bangladesh Upazila Parishad, said they want exemplary punishment of the 'real' killers.

The team also met Babu's wife and expressed their sympathy.



The ruling party Bangladesh Awami League musclemen brandishing their weapons after attacking a peaceful BNP procession and beating up Boraigram Upazila Chairman Mr Sanuallah Noor Babu (writhing in pain on the ground) in Natore, Bangladesh on 08 October 2010. Mr Babu died soon afterwards. For more information, please visit The Daily Star, Dhaka, 09 October 2010 at


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