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Assault on Media Freedom of Expression & Freedom of Association

Edit Date:12/30/2010 12:00:00 AM

 Human rights situation in Bangladesh is worsening day by day leaving its people and society in jeopardy as to a significant stage the rights are being violated by the state itself. From bureaucracy to professionals, public procurement to conducting of public examination, politicization and criminalization are going rampant everywhere. Various institutions are objected to malfunctioning at political will causing further deterioration of institutionalization contrary to the good governance and a healthy culture. Lax law enforcement panics people.

 

Many national and international Human Rights Organizations have shown their concerns as to the recent human rights status in Bangladesh:

 

1. Amnesty International released a public statement headed by “BANGLADESH: POLITICALLY MOTIVATED ARBITRARY ARRESTS HAMPER IMPARTIAL INVESTIGATION OF CAMPUS VIOLENCE.”

The said statement contains that, “The government of Bangladesh must refrain from arbitrary mass arrests, which appear to have been directed only at the opposition student activists. Criminal investigations must be impartial, regardless of the suspect’s political affiliation or party membership..................................”[1]

2. In another report published on their website, Amnesty International claimed that, Bangladeshi security forces used excessive force during raid.[2] In this report, Amnesty accused specially Bangladesh Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) for their violent attack.

3. Human Rights Watch also expresses anxiety about ongoing human rights condition of Bangladesh. It stated, “Bangladesh authorities violated both freedom of expression and due process of law”. The organization called upon the government of Bangladesh to ensure impartial investigation to be conducted into allegation.[3]

Assault on Media Freedom of Expression & Freedom of Association

 

 

Assault on Media Freedom of Expression & Freedom of Association

 
1. A journalist was allegedly injured in an attack by the activists of Juba League and Bangladesh Chhatra League in front of UNO office in Mothbaria sadar upazila on October 29.
The victim was Abul Bashar, joint general secretary of Mothbaria press club and a correspondent of Daily Sangram, one of the oldest dailies in Bangladesg. The police said some 40-50 Juba League and BCL activists attacked Bashar and stabbed him mercilessly  on his leg and knee with sharp weapons while he was returning home, leaving him critically injured at 12 noon.
Local people rescued and took him to a local health complex and later shifted to Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital as his condition deteriorated. [1]

2. Jamaat-BNP (two major opposition parties) will not be allowed to exist in Bangabandhu's Sonar Bangla, said ruling Awami League front ranking leader Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury MP on October 29, 2010, Speaking as chief guest at a function in memory of Afzal Hossain, former MP of Awami League at Narayanganj club she said," They (Jamaat-BNP) should not exist in Bangabndhu's Sonar Bangla; they shall not be allowed to exist." About the trial of war crimes she asserted it will be held. [2]

3. At least 30 people, including six journalists, were injured when activists of the ruling Awami League and its associate bodies backed by the police attacked main opposition party  BNP leaders and activists at Borhanuddin in Bhola on 30 October. They also attacked journalist namely NTV’s district correspondent Afzal Hossain., Prothom Alo’s district correspondent Neyamatullah, Khabarpatro’s district correspondent Shamsuddin Rocket, Jugantar’s local correspondent Nilratan Dey, regional daily Matabad’s local correspondent MA Abbas and Barisal Pratidin’s local correspondent Abdul Malek  were injured [3]

4. Programs organised by the main opposition party BNP in Koyra upazila of Khulna and Gafargaon in Mymensingh were foiled on 30 Octoberas the local Awami League suddenly announced they would hold four separate rallies at the same places and at the same time demanding trial of war criminals and tension mounted in the area. Amid the tension, the Koyra upazila administration imposed section 144 on all the four unions, banning gatherings and processions from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm to avoid trouble. [4]

5. More than 500 BNP activists are to flee away from home at Raujan due to the fearsome activities of ruling party activists, said Gias Uddin Kader Chy, the Secretary of International affairs and President of Chittagong city North of BNP. He also claimed that AL activists also grabbed the land of the minority people. [5]

6. 5 Jamaat leaders injured by the attack of AL activities at Ramganj and 5 Shibir leaders arrested by police accused of postering. Police arrested five Shibir leaders while postering on the demand to free five top Jamaat leaders including their party ameer Matiur Rahman Nizami. [6]

7. in the midnight on 2nd November, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and police posed in front of the office of the opposition party leader and BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia. It is reported that the law enforcement personnel went thre to hold Salahuddin kader Chowdhury. [7]

 

 

 

8. A group of Bangladesh Chatra League activists on November 3 assaulted a journalist when he went to a room of a Dhaka University hall to cover an incident of keeping a salesman of a shop at Gausul Azam Market confined to it. A number of BCL activists picked up the shopkeeper named Swapan from Gausul Azam Market earlier in the day for stealing a cell phone. Hearing the news, Qadaruddin, a reporter of New Age, went to the room and tried to enter it to talk with the detainee. At 12 BCL activists led by Arif and Hasan, a second-year student of economics, abused him and then beat him up severely. [8]

9. Abul Kalam Azad, MP elected from Pirganj of Rangpur demanded Naya Diganta to seek forgiveness and taka 10 crore as compensation for the report published in the last page on November 14 titled “DO business of MP at Pirganj”. On other case, he threatened, legal steps will be taken.

10. Coincidence of date and place of programs called by different parties or different groups of the same party results in the imposement of section 144 at various places by local administrations. Section 144 imposed at Bhuanpur of Tangail as both BNP and Juba League calls for meeting at the same place. Bi-yearly conference of Juba League foiled by police at Kishorganj upazilla of Nilphamari. Upazilla administration imposed section 144 in the whole upazilla. It's a recent trend that ruling party and it's affiliated organizaitons call programs following the programs of other parties and all results in imposement of section 144. [9]

11. Workers of Sromik League, an affiliated organization of Bangladesh Awami League, attacked on journalist in front of Communication minister Sayed Abul Hossen on 5 November. They assaulted 5 jornalists and looted mobile phones and tape recorder of the journalists. [10]

12. Dhaka University’s Kabi Jasimuddin Hall unit Chhatra League beat up four reporters in the university on 6 October for protesting against harassment of a female student of the mass communication and journalism department. The injured are Shakil Hassan of ABC radio, Gazi Towhidul Islam of New Age, Ramimul Hasan of ABC Radio and Shefaul Hassan of Channel I. The Chhatra League activists, led by Muhidul Islam Mahi, beat up the reporters about 10:00pm near the Teachers-Students Centre as they, in the evening, lodged a protest when Chhatra League activist Rubayet, a student of the philosophy department, was harassing a girl [11]

13. A discussion program arranged by the BNP and Jamaat backed Teachers’ association a.k.a white panel on National Revolution and consolidation day was foiled by the BCL’s barrier at Sher –e Bangla Agricultural University. Chhatra league foiled accusing of not taking permission of using the conference room. Chhatra League activists had looted and ransacked the place and set fire to the banner of the program before the meeting started. [12]

14. A report of the Daily Jugantor reveals that 21 journalist are manhandled by BCL cadre in University of Dhaka campus. The report expressing deep concern mentions that no major steps are taken by DU authority to manage it. [13]

 

 

 

 

15.  In a rare move, the Supreme Court debarred journalists from covering its proceedings on 10 November when the chief justice’s court was hearing an appeal petition of former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia. Asked about the reason, the security men said that the Supreme Court registrar imposed a ban on journalists’ entry. When approached, the registrar, Md Ashraful Islam, told reporters, ‘There might be a restriction on the entry of journalists, let me look into the matter. [14]

16. Local freedom fighters and Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee foiled a waj mahfil arranged by Islami Samaj Kalyan Parishad at Monohorganj Upazilla on 19 November. They suddenly announced an Eid Reunion at the same place and local administration imposed section 144 to avoid clash between the parties. [15]

17. Police arrested 158 from Rajshahi, Akhaura of B.baria, Patuakhali, Kurigram, Nilphamari and Patia of Chittagong before hartal called by BNP. BNP alleged that ruling party force the socurity perosonnel to conduct mass arrest to manipulate Hartal, a democratic right of opposition. [16]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the last month the law & order situation of the Bangladesh is as usual like previous few months as the intervention in the legal process & manipulations of the administrative power by the ruling political party as well as the govt. officials continue. Ruling party’s unruly behavior has put the normal life of people at stake. Arrest of opponents being continued and illegal acquisition of public resources to manipulate the legal process by the ruling party’s goons have become so common.

 

1.   Police did not arrest the killers of the murdered Upazila Chairman Sanaullah allegedly due the speech of PM claiming the murder as resulting from internal clash of BNP.[4] None of the AL activists who were seen in the photographs published in news media as taking part in the killing of Sanaullah was arrested.

2.   The courts have been continuously refusing the bail of BNP leader Lutfozzaman Babar and Arafat Rahman Koko, son of the former PM Khaleda Zia. Former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar was brought to Chittagong Central Jail from Dhaka on 30 October to produce before a court in cases linked to the 10-truck arms haul in Chittagong in 2004.[5] He was given on 5 day remand on the same case on 1st November.[6] In a case of money laundering, bail appeal was denied and warrant was issued to arrest Koko who is now released under parole for medical treatment.[7]

3.   A case was filed against Khondakar Mahbub hossain, president of Supreme Court bar at Rangpur by Chhatra Leadue leader Shahin Hossain for threatening the PM. The Chief Judicial Magistrate Court of Rangpur summoned Khandaker Mahbub Hossain to appear on January 30.[8] Another case was filed against 8 Jamaat leaders including acting Jamaat ameer (chief) by Chhatra League leader at Chittagong. They were accused of threatening to kill PM Sheikh Hasina.[9] Deputy Director of NBR filed a case against Jamaat leader Sayeedee for concealing information of income.[10]

4.   The law enforcement agencies have created restriction on holding meeting by BNP in several occasions. On 30 October, police has forbidden to arrange any type of meeting in the residence of Mirza Fakhrul Islam, senior joint secretary general of BNP.[11] BNP and its associate bodies on Friday could not hold programs at least in three districts as the administration ordered ban on gathering to ‘stave-off untoward incident’ by imposing section 144 of CrPC. The places where Section 144 was imposed to stop political programs were Sailkupa in Jhenaidah, Mathbaria in Pirojpur and Katiadi in Kishoreganj.[12]

 

5.   Many leaders of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami and Bangladesh Islami Chhatra Shibir were arrested during the last month. Some 20 leaders and activists of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, including a former lawmaker and Khulna city unit Nayeb-e-Amir (Vice President), were arrested in the Dhaka’s Mirpur area on October 28.[13] The court rejected their prayer for bail and sent them to jail on charges of possessing explosives and bomb making materials.[14] Four activists of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami were arrested from Alexander Bazar under Ramgoti upazila on 30 October.[15] 6 Shibir leaders and activists were arrested at Kamrangir Char on 31 October. Police said that they were sticking posters on wall and distributing leaflet containing statements against the government.[16] 6 Shibir activists were granted 2 days remand on 1st November.[17]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.   On November 2nd Chief Justice directed the oath taking ceremony of the two newly appointed additional justices, Ruhul Quddus Babu and Shah Khasruzzaman. Formerly, they were left as they were convicted of killing and demolishment.1 Constitution to be published on December said by Law Minister with a view to change to its form which came into report in 24th November.2 On 25th of the November it was published that Conditions to get admitted in 10 disciplines at DU & Authority does not wish to follow the rule of High Court which is defamation to the court said Barrister Abdur Razzak.3 On November 26 the report says  Pro-Pakistani and Jamaat will not get promotion said by H T Imam, one of the advisor to the Prime Minister.4

 


 

 

7.   On 2nd November RAB-police presence at Khaleda’s residence grew tension relating to the eviction from the house & rumor also spread about attempt to arrest Salahuddin Qader Chowdhury, the lawmaker and International affairs secretary of BNP.1 On 6th November it came into report that prime minister, Sheikh Hasina asked Khaleda Zia to lave cantonment house & has also asked her party followers to start person-to-person campaign against what she said falsehood being dished out by the BNP-Jamaat axis.2 On 9th November PM request Khaleda to leave residence following the verdict. She said, residence for 200-250 officers can be built at that place and thus she should leave to solve the problems accommodation.3 On 11th of November the chief justice, ABM Khairul Haque, has regretted denial of entry into the courtroom of journalists who went to the Supreme Court in the KHALEDA CASE HEARING.4 On 13th of the November the police and plainclothesmen Saturday afternoon evicted the BNP chairperson and leader of the opposition, Khaleda Zia, from 6 Shaheed Mainul Road house where she had been living since 1972.5 Khaleda Zia alleged by ISPR claiming she was rude in behave with the army officials.6 On 26th November case filed against Khaleda on money laundering by ACC.7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       
   
 
 

1.     03.11.10 Amar Desh

2.     06.11.10 The New Age

3.     10.11.10 The Daily Prothom Alo

4.     12.11.10 The New Age

5.     14.11.10 New Age

6.     15.11.10 The Daily Prothom Alo

7.     27.11.10 Jugantor

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8.   On 4th November it was reported that a Market is being built on canal by AL leaders at Jhinaidah & because of their terror no one wants to open mouth against them.1 On 5th of November it was reported in the newspaper that Md Siddiq Hossen has been included in the project ‘ekti bari ekti khamar’ although he got 10-15 bighas of land while Rabiul Islam, a day laborer has not been included in the list at Mirgar village of Dhakkamara upazila at Panchgarh. Son, brother and nephew of the UP chairman and Al leader has also been included in the list, sources said.2 On 7th November Doctors released Jubadal leadr Shafikul although he is very sick at Sher-e-bangla medical College hospital.3 Moreover same day Petitioner and lawer assaulted by PP at Munshiganj court.4 On 9th of the November it is reported that Conditions changed by MP’s order in the appointment of Operator at Newmooring Container Terminal at Chittagong port. The name of the MP is Md Shah Alam of B.Baria-4.5 On the same day another report said Bangladesh Bank (BB) has imposed a ban on Islami Bank's giving funds to Islami Bank Foundation for alleged lack of transparency in the transactions and violation of Islamic Sharia.6 Moreover the same day it is reported that a group of BCL activists beat up three students on the university campus on Monday.7 On the same day newspaper reported 14 more leaders of Chhatra and Juba League bailed in the Pabna incidence.8 Three convicted returned without remand in the case of killing upazilla Chairman Sanaullah Nur Babu. The convicted are Ashraful Islam Mithu, Lutfur Rahman Babu and Badsha. They were granted three day remand but sent to jail.9 On 13th of November it is reported 29 Ousted, 27 show-causes, Chhatra League are outrageous at DU.10 on 24th of November it is also reported that Recommendation to remove Meyor Khoka by parliamentary committee.11


9. On the 3rd November it was reported that Cases were filed against 8 top leaders of Jamaat-Shibir-JP-Islami Oikkojot at Chittagong. 19 Jamaat leaders and activists sent to jail after remand. Police seized CCC Meyor for one and half hours.1 On the same day it also came into report order to keep Sayeedee in jail up to 29th December.2 The very next day it is reported that BNP leader Khondkar Syed Ahmed arrested in the incidence of torching train at Sirajganj.3 On the same day 2 including Senbagh upazilla shibir president arrested. Police arrested Md Kamal Uddin, Senbagh upazilla president (north) and Md Zahidul Islam at Zirua village of Dumuria Union, Noakhali.4 Moreover, Sedition case against 8 Jamaat-shibir activists at Senbagh was filed too.5 then it is reported on 7th November Shibir leader arrested at Rajshahi.6 On the same day Police raid to arrest 5 BNP leaders.7 Also reported a Clash on concert at Nasirganj while Chhatradal president was arrested.8 On November 9, the newspaper reported 18 leader and activists of BNP and Jubadal sent to jail in the incidence of demolishing Sheikh Helal occurred during the national election at 2001.9 On the same day another newspaper reported Shah Alam, secretary of Rajshahi College shibir arrested by police at Boalia. He has been arrested without any particular reason, said shibir.10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. It was reported on 9th of November a Clash took place between Shibir and Chhatra league at Osmani medical college left 25 injured, 6 arrested.1 It was also reported the same day Nine followers of BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhuiry MP arrested overnight were given to 3-day police remand when produced before the court Monday.2 Moreover is reported Seven Shibir leaders and activists have been arrested in Satkhira and Rajshahi on separate charges.3 The next day the news came into report Clash between Shibir-Chhatra League at Osmani medical college: many Shibir men arrested.4 On the same day report said 22 BNP leader and activists including UP chairman sent to jail in the incidence of attacking Sk Helal’s car at Bagerhat.5 Following the previous day’s results of clash between shibir and chhatra league Police arrested 29 more shibir men at sylhet in the incidence of. Also, police filed an assault case accusing 150 mentioning names of 43.6 The Sylhet Osmani Medical College authorities’ suspended 30 Chhatra Shibir activists, who were students of the college, on Tuesday over their involvement in an attack on Chhatra League men on the campus on Monday.7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


11. On 11th November it came into report Charge will be formed on 4th January in the income tax hoax case of Jamaat leader Sayeedee.1 The authorities of Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College changed the convener of the probe committee that they had formed in the academic council meeting on the afternoon the previous day.2 12th November it is reported a Chittagong court last night rejected the bail petition of BNP leader Lutfozzaman Babar in connection with cases linked to the sensational 10-truck arms haul in 2004.3 25 more men including 2 jamaat leaders arrested at Sylhet in two days in the incidence of Clash between Chhatra League and Shibir.4 13th November it is reported Mass arrest goes on: 12 including jamaat leader & 15 activists of Sramik Kalyan Federation arrested.5 35 including women arrested in the police raid at workshop arranged by WAMY(an International organization for Muslim youth) at Cox’s bazaar.6 On 12th the police have arrested 28 more members of Jamaat-e-Islami’s student wing, following their clash with the ruling party’s student wing over the recruitment of MBBS admission seekers.7 Moreover 94 arrested during the hartal from Rajshahi, Faridpur, Dinajpur, Jessore, Sunamganj, Barguna, Noakhali and Chandpur. 15 including journalists injured.8 15th November report came Police attack infront of BNP office, 20 including Whip MP injured, 30 arrested.

 

 

 

 

 


12. On 16th November report came into newspaper of Case filed against 71 BNP activists at Savar and Ashulia: 2 arrested & another report said Case filed against 300 BNP men at Narayanganj.1 News came on 16th November that more than 6 thousand political activists will pass their Eid at jail, most of them from Jamaat and Shibir.2 On 16th report said Case was filed against 11 BNP activists at Savar.3 & 5 BNP leaders bailed at Sherpur, was again arrested.3 Eighteen people, including central Jamaat-e-Islami leader Advocate Moshiul Alam, were sued for committing crimes against humanity during War of Liberation in 1971.4 3 activists of BNP and Shibir arrested at Patuakhali. Among them, Anwar Hossain, member of convener committe, former City mayor and former zilla president arrested from his residence.5 Jubadal leader beaten and later shot to death at Rangamati.6 On 20th November UP chairman was reportedly killed by bomb attack at Jhikorgachha.7 On November 21 Bomb attack at Chief Justice’s residence: Police raid to arrest 5 leaders of BNP and associates. They are Moazzem Hossain, President of Juba dal, Habib-un-nabi, President of Seschhasebok dal, Nasir Udding, secretary of Human rights of BNP, Sultan Salauddin, president of Chhatradal and Akhter Hamid, son of Khondokar Delwar Hossain, Secretary general of BNP.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13. On 24th of November War crime case was filed against 30 including BNP leader at Jhalokathi.1 Moreover, 2 BNP activists were arrested accused of attack on police station at Pakundia.2 After that Jamaat leader Mamun was arrested at Chouddagram.3 Motihar police on 25th November arrested one more Islami Chhatra Shibir cadre in connection with February 9 violence on Rajshahi University (RU) campus.4 Mass Arrest around the country to defend hartal, at least 700 activists & leaders were arrested.5 Former state minister Dulu seized at his residence in Nator for 3 days.6 More than 100 were injured including Monju MP, 2 Jamaat leaders arrested at Ullapara & a shibir activist arrested from a mess at Bogra.7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Twelve different incidents of fatal attack and torture on BNP and its Allied organization activists are found to be reported in the newspaper of November 2010. Shechyasebok Leauge (a sisterly concern of BAL) leaders in Rupganj stabbed 10 people as they failed to meet the claim of 50 thousand taka as donation.[18]Artaries of BNP activist cut down by ruling party caders at Baufal[19] After that the criminals even filed a case against the victim. Dhamrai Juba League leaders cut off a Hand of Jubadal leader by sharp weapon. [20] Awami League cadres attacked on the car of chief whip from the opposition in the parliament at Khagrachhari. This attack injured 20 people.[21] A Jubadal leader was injured by opposition terrorists attack at Mahalchhari[22] Attack on Laksham, more than 50 injured of Chhatradal and Jubadal.[23] 4 Chhatradal leaders were injured by Chhatra League attack at University of Dhaka.[24] In Chougachha opponents of BNP activist Abdul Jabbar cut off hands and legs of him with sharp Dagger and knife.[25] A Chhatradal leaders legs and hands were broken by terrorist at Sharishabari[26] The Chhatradal secretary of Sharishabari assaulted by AL activists.[27]Artaries of Chhatradal leader were cut down at Noakhali by opponents[28] 12 BNP men including former UP chairman attacked, injured by AL at Sharishabari[29]

 

2. Four different Incidences of severe attack and torture that caused serious injury on Jamaat and Shibir Activists are found to be reported in the newspaper. Pirojpur district Islami Chhatrashibir Secretaries home was attacked by Jubo League, a sisterly organization of the ruling Awami League. [30]Jamaat leader was attacked by opponents at Kolapara[31] And in another attack on Eid day carried out by Bangladesh Awami League cadres, 2 Jamaat activists injured severly at Chouddagram[32] Nilphamari Jamaat leader Mamunar Rahman was stabbed severly. He had been admitted at Rangpur Medical College Hospital[33]

 

3.      The Mayor of Chittagong City Corporation was besieged by Chhatra League and Jubo League Cadres for several hours for not accepting their illegal demands.[34] Twenty injured as AL attack on BNP office at Shariatpur,[35]

4. There had been at least eight different cases of Clash where the two parties were sister concerns of Awami League. Clash between two groups of Chhatra league at Jahangirnagar University injured 3 students severly.[36] While similar clash between two groups of BCL was reported in University of Dhaka[37] and in Jagannath University [38]which injured 8 students.  Ten students  were inured  injured in a clash between two groups of Chhatra League at Brahmanbaria[39] Ten Students were also injured in a Clash between two groups of Chhatra League at Rajshahi.[40] Ten people were injured when two groups of Chhatra League at Feni Clashed between themselves over possession of a Market , [41] At least 10 people were injured in a clash between two rival groups of Jatiya Sramik League—the labour wing of ruling Awami League—at Ghorashal Power Plant[42]

 

5.   Forrest Officers at Morelganj was hurt by the Awami League activists due to not acting according to their interest[43] While Juba Unnayan office attacked, rancsacked, assaulted at Gopalganj by AL leaders due to not accepting illegal demands of BAL leaders.

 

 

6.   There had been some inter BAL and opposition party clashes reported in the newspapers. Most of these cases the attack was from the ruling party. At least 50 students were injured when activists of Islami Chhatra Shibir backed by outsiders attacked the activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League at Sylhet Osmani Medical College.[44] Twenty people were  injured in AL-BNP clash at Chhatak, [45] BAL cadres had attacked BNP office in Shariatpur and vandalized the office furnitures.[46] Jubo League and BCL activists attacked the procession of BNP in Khulna.[47] While in Barisal, Chittagong and Nator the BNP leaders Dulu and Sarwar was injured along with many other by the attack of BAL cadres in the pro strike procession of BNP.

 

7.   BCL set fire and blockaded the main street in University of Dhaka on very insignificant incident. It was done in response to an accident in campus.[48]

 

 

 

 

Assault on Women & Other Vulnerable People

 

 
 

 

1.  Idols of Ramna Kali Mandir were demolished by Bangladesh Chhatra league (BCL) on 30 October, 2010. BCL activist of Jagannath Hall of University of Dhaka vandalized two Idols of the Mandir while illegally claiming the ownership of shops near Mandir. [1]

2. BCL activists attacked a police officer and injured him severely when he protested their eve teasing. The police officer got admitted in Chittagong Medical College. They snatch a BCL eve teaser from police. The incidence happened on 4 November in Bayzid Bostami Kunjochhaya area of Chittagong. [2]

3. DU students are beaten up by BCL activist as they protested eve teasing by two BCL workers on November 8 in DU campus. The incidence happened on 8 November at TSC of University of Dhaka. Two BCL leaders were involved in teasing a female student of Mass Communication and journalism department when she was going to class at TSC. [3]

4. The Rajshahi chapters of Bangladesh Puja Udjapon Parishad and Hindu, Bouddha, Khristan Oikko Parishad said on 21 November, ‘some leaders of ruling Awami League are trying to grab the land of a cremation ground’ at Bagmara, about 30 kilometers from Rajshahi. Speaking at a news conference they said that on instructions from AL lawmaker Anamul Haque these Awami league leaders and activists led by Ashraful Haque Babu also obstructed cremation of a dead Hindu woman, Nanibala. [4]


5. A female teacher of Jagonnath University (JNU) is manhandled by the BCL cadre of the University. This loathing incidence happened over the dispute of car parking in front of the management building. The teachers expressed deep concerned of the recent of abuse of BCL cadre in the campus. [5]

6. 3 students of University of Dhaka are beaten by Chhatra League cadre suspecting Shibir on 4 November. It’s a common scenario of most of the academic institutions after taking power by Awami League in 2009. [6]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vandalizing and Looting

 

 
1. A group of Chhatra League activists at Sirajganj Government College vandalized rooms in the college building on 29 October after confining the vice-principal, demanding elections to the students’ union. The group earlier gave the principal 72 hours to make the decision. The BCL activists group had also damaged the doors, windows, chairs and benches in arts and science buildings when classes and exams were going on. Students, especially the female, ran to safety. [1]

2. Activists of the Rajshahi University unit Chhatra League were collecting money from admission seekers who have come from outside the city and were staying in the halls of residence in name of taking model tests. The activists of the Chhatra League, the ruling Awami League’s associate body of students, were separately giving model tests to admission-seekers to ‘let them know what types of questions’ they might need to answer in the admission test. [2]

3. The Chief whip of the Parliament of opposition party Zaynal Abedeen Faruque, Shadidul Uddin Chowdhury Aney MP and Asharaf Uddin Nezam faces several attacks by Awami League and jubo League cadre on their way back to Dhaka. [3]

4. As a lieu of removing illegal bill board of the city the Jubo League cadres vandalized the city office of Chittagong city Corporation on 2 November. The mayor of the CCC Monjurul Alam remains confined in his office for at least 3 hours. Other stuffs of CCC were harassed also. [4]

5. Awami Leage leaders collected VGF rice on behalf of a death person. This happened as a part of grabbing VGF rice. It is alleged that the VGF rice hardly reached to poor people and grabbed by political leaders. [5]

6. The leaders and activists of ruling Awami league and its youth front Juba League ransacked on 6 November a government office at Kashiani upazila in Gopalganj and assaulted the officer who runs it for not selecting the candidates of their choice for the second batch of National Service Program. They also disrupted the inauguration of training of the selected candidates. [6]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. At least 10 people were injured in a clash between Chhatra League and Chhatra Dal activists over taking control of the campus of Haji Taher Uddin College at Wazirpur in Barisal on 6 November. A college unit Chhatra League activist along with some outsiders had attacked Chhatra Dal activists when a group of Chhatra League activists announced to join Chhatra Dal. Chhatra Dal activists Shaon Hawladar, Russell Mallik, Nayem Mallik, Shahin Bepary, Syed Haowladar, Rabbi Bepary and Shaon Bepari were injured. [7]

8. Stalkers critically wounded a schoolteacher in Cox’s Bazar on 9 November and two Madrasa managing committee members in Noakhali on Tuesday as they protested at the harassment of girls. Earlier, Natore college teacher Mizanur Rashid was attacked for similar reasons. He died on October 24 in Dhaka after being wounded on October 12 by stalkers for protesting at harassment of girls. [8]

9. BNP leader’s house attacked ransacked by AL activists at Lakshmipur. Awami and Jubo league leaders attack house of Moazzem Hossen and vandalized the house and looted the valuables. [9]

10. A report of “The Daily Sangram” reveals that 4186 women and children were tortured and manhandled in the last 9 month. The report also mentioned other incidences of law and order and good governance being degraded. [10]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Killing

 
 

 

1.   In November 2010, several incidents of political murder have occurred throughout the country. Almost in every such murder, the activists of various wings of the ruling party were reportedly involved. On 8th November, a leader of Chhatradal, which is the student wing of BNP, was killed by a terrorist attack at Gorpur.[49] Another activist of Jatiyatabadi Juba Dal was stabbed to death in front of the Jessore Education Board office on 13th November. The deceased was identified as Rabiul Islam Jasim, 27, son of Abdur Rauf of Shankarpur in the town.[50] At Chhayabithi of Gazipur, one BNP leader was chopped to death in front of his home. He was the executive memebr of Gazipur City BNP.[51] A Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal activist was shot dead allegedly by the activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) at Betbunia under Kawkhali upazila on 20th November.[52] 2 Chhatradal leaders at Bagerhat and Chittagong and Sramik Leader were killed on 21 November. Among them Emdadul Hoq was the Sports secretary of zilla Chhatradal.[53] A Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami leader named Abul Kashem (40) was shot to death at Maheshkhali by his opponents.[54]

2.   There have been numerous killings of the member of the ruling party also. One person was killed in a clash between two groups of Chhatra League at Gazipur on 14th November.[55] At Cox’s Bazaar a Chhatra League leader was shot to death on 21 November in an attack of terrorists.[56] A man was killed and 25 others were injured in a gunfight between activists of the ruling Awami League and the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party at Baghaikandi of Raipura in Narsingdi on 29 November.[57] A former freedom fighter was chopped to death by sons of AL leader at Netrokona.[58] A Businessman was stabbed to death at Chittagong by activists of Jubaleague, the youth wing of the ruling party.[59]

3.   Violent attacks against representatives of people have increased alarmingly. According to a newspaper report, 4 union parishad (UP) chairmen were murdered in the south-western region of the country from January to November 16 this year.[60]



[1] Amnesty International public statement, 23 February 2010, For immediate release, AI Index: ASA 13/005/2010

[2] Published on the official website of Amnesty International, www.amnesty.org dated 1 July, 2010

[3] Human Right Watch on its official website www.hrw.org on July 7, 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[4] Prothom Alo, 30th October 2010

[5] New Age, 30 October 2010

[6] Prothom Alo, 1st November 2010

[7] Prothom Alo, 1st November 2010

[8] Amar Desh, 2nd November 2010

[9] Naya Diganta, 3rd November 2010

[10] Naya Diganta, 1st November 2010

[11] Prothom Alo, 31st October 2010

[12] New Age, 30 October 2010

[13] New Age, 29 October 2010

[14] Daily Star, 3rd November 2010

[15] New Age, 30 October 2010

[16] Naya Diganta, 1st November 2010

[17] Prothom Alo, 2nd November 2010

 

 

 

 

[18] Naya Diganta 07.11.10

[19] Naya Diganta 01.11.10

[20] Amader Somoy 02.11.10

[21] Jugantar 02.11.10

[22] Naya Diganta 10.11.10

[23] Sangram 02.11.10

[24] Naya Diganta 14.11.10

[25] Naya Diganta 27.11.10

[26] Naya Diganta 21.11.10

[27] Amader Somoy 22.11.10

[28] Naya Diganta 28.11.10

[29] Naya Diganta 02.11.10

[30] Sangram 22.10.10

[31] Jugantar 13.11

[32] Sangram 21.11.10

[33] Banglar Diganta 06.11.10

[34] Jugantor 03.11.10

[35] Sangram 23.11.10

[36] Jugantor 04.11.10

[37] Sangram 05.11.10

[38] Jugantor 07.11.10

[39] Naya Diganta 21.11.10

[40] Jugantor 07.11.10

[41] Naya Diganta 12.11.10

[42] New Age 07.11.10

[43] Jugantor 07.11.10

[44] The New Age 09.11.10

[45] Jugantor 16.11.10

[46] Sangram 23.11.10

[47] Sangram 29.11.10

[48] Sangram 26.11.10

 

 

 

 

[49] Daily Jugantor, 8 November 2010.

[50] New Age, 13 November 2010.

[51] Naya Diganta, 14 November 2010.

[52] Daily Jugantor, 20 November 2010.

[53] Amar Desh, 24 November 2010.

[54] Amar Desh, 21 November 2010.

[55] Daily Jugantor, 14 November 2010.

[56] Daily Sangram, 21 November 2010.

[57] New Age, 29 November 2010

[58] Daily Jugantor, 21 November 2010.

[59] Daily Jugantor, 12 November 2010.

[60] Daily Star, 21 November 2010.

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