Seven killed as Jamaat men run riotStaff Correspondent
At least seven people were killed and scores injured on Friday as activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir went on the rampage at different places across the country after the execution of their leader Abdul Quader Molla for committing crimes against humanity in 1971.
Two ruling party men were hacked to death in Satkhira, a Shibir man was killed in police firing in Khulna , a street vendor and a Shibir activist died during clashes with police in Noakhali, a BNP activist in Pirojpur and a Jamaat activist died in Jessore in violence that flared up after the 66-year old Quader Molla was hanged at Dhaka Central Jail at 10:01pm on Thursday as the first convict in a war crimes case.
Jamaat-Shibir men set fire to more than 100 vehicles, including trucks and covered vans, across the country. In Bogra alone, over 50 vehicles, mostly trucks, were torched.
In the capital, at least 15 people, including a schoolboy, were injured as Jamaat-Shibir activists rampaged through the streets fighting pitched battles with the police, torching vehicles, attacking shops and hurling crude bombs.
They set at least 12 vehicles on fire in different areas of the city.
Traffic on many routes, including Dhaka-Rajshahi, Dhaka-Chittagong and Dhaka-Dinajpur, remained suspended although the blockade enforced by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led alliance in protest at the scheduled January 5 elections ended on Friday morning, according to transport operators.
Train services across the country were also disrupted on the day as attacks on railway establishments continued.
Azizur Rahman Dalal, 55, a local Awami League leader and Jahan Ali alias Joj Miah, a Juba Leauge activist, were stabbed to death allegedly by Jamaat-Shibir men in separate attacks in Kalaroa upazila of Satkhira early Friday, said Kalaroa police officer-in-charge Shah Dara Khan.
The police and witnesses said that suspected Shibir men had forced their way into Aziz’s house after midnight and stabbed him repeatedly, leaving him dead on the spot.
They also vandalised the house of Aziz, president of a ward unit of Awami Legue in Kalaroa municipality.
Hours after the incident, Jahan Ali, Juba League president of a ward unit in Saraskati union, was abducted allegedly by Jamaat-Shibir men from his home in Saraskati village. Minutes later, family members found his body with marks of stab near the house.
Jamaat-Shibir activists also vandalised and torched houses of several Awami League leaders, ruling party offices, vehicles and shops in Ashashuni, Sadar and Kaliganj upazilas, witnesses said.
In Khulna, one person was killed as police opened fire to disperse violent Shibir men who attacked a police outpost at Nirala of the city on Friday night.
Police said that the deceased, identified as Nayeem, 18, was Shibir man, but his family denied the claim saying that he was a sugarcane vendor.
Nayeem died after being hit by a bullet in the chest during the attack on the police outpost.
Khulna Sadar police officer-in-charge Sahabuddin Azad said that Shibir men had attacked the police outpost and set fire to the local office of Awami League around 9:00pm provoking the law enforcers into action which left Nayeem killed.
In Pirojpur, Shukkur Ali, 25, a local activist of BNP, was killed and six people were injured during clashes with Awami League activists at Ghosherhat Bazar in Bhandaria before dawn, said Bhandaria police officer-in-charge Kamruzzaman Talukder.
In Noakhali, a gunfight between activists of Shibir and Chhatra League left one person killed and 10 others injured at Sonapur village under Sonaimuri upazila in the evening.
The deceased was identified as Zubair, 22, an activist of Shibir.
Sonaimuri police officer-in-charge Abdus Samad said that Zubair was killed in a gunfight between Shibir and Chhatra League activists.
Street vendor Khorshed Alam, 30, was shot dead and a rickshaw puller was injured as opposition activists clashed with Rapid Action Battalion and ruling party men at Afaniabazar in Begumganj upazila early Friday, said Begumganj police OC Nazim Uddin.
In Jessore, a Jamaat activist, Ashraful, 20, of village Mohiran, was knocked down and killed by a truck when he along with some other Jamaat men was trying to block the road by felling trees in Bolteghata area on Bagharpara-Charabhita road at about 3:00am, said Bagharpara police officer-in-charge GG Biswas. The Jamaat-Shibir men set the truck on fire, he added.
Jamaat-Shibir activists also put blockades on the Jessore-Khulna road and Jessore-Benapole road.
There were incidents of arson attacks and clashes in Dhaka city after the Friday prayers as elsewhere across the country.
New Age Gazipur correspondent reported that at least 10 people, including two policemen and a station master, were injured as miscreants set fire to Joydevpur railway station early Friday.
Control room, computer room and telephone line of the station were completely burnt in the arson attack that forced suspension of train services on six routes from Dhaka and Gazipur for hours.
Zia Uddin Sardar, Joydevpur station master, told New Age that miscreants numbering around 30 had attacked the station around 8:00am and went on the rampage.
Fire engines from Gazipur put out the flames after an hour’s efforts.
Joydevpur police OC Quamruzzaman said that Jamaat-Shibir men had mounted the arson attack.
Police quickly arrived at the scene and fired rubber bullets to control the situation but could not arrest anyone. Sub-inspector Dulal Akand and constable Anwar Hossain received head injuries in the attack.
At Motijheel AGB colony and Kamalapur areas in Dhaka city, police fired shots after Jamaat-Shibir men torched six vehicles. Schoolboy Shanto and Banglavision cameraperson Ujjal were injured in the violence, said witnesses.
Police arrested seven suspects, including Dhaka College student Mofizur Rahman, said Motijheel police sub-inspector Harun-or-Rashid.
At Kamalapur, Jamaat-Shibir men torched a bus at about the same time.
‘Police fled the scene after crude bombs were hurled at them,’ said witnesses.
A bus and a covered van were torched at Malibagh Chowdhuripara after juma prayers, said Ramna police officer-in-charge Moshiur Rahman. Shibir men also set ablaze four vehicles at Rampura at about the same time, according to witnesses.
Jamaat-Shibir activists struck terror at various places in Chittagong, including Satkania, Lohagara, Banshkhali and Sitakunda, vandalising and torching scores of vehicles and shops.
Shibir men set ablaze at least 17 shops owned by Awami League men at Sadar Amir Haat and near the sub-registrar’s office and vandalised at least 11 shops on Friday in Boitoli Bazar in Banshkhali upazila, said Banshkhali police OC Quamrul Islam.
Jamaat men blocked the road disrupting traffic in Lohagara upazila early Friday, said Lohagara police OC Mohammad Shajahan.
In Sylhet, Jamaat-Shibir activists hurled crude bombs at a police station and an oil depot, torched a vehicle and tried to block roads by putting logs in the city and on its outskirts on Thursday night after Quader Molla was hanged.
They exploded five crude bombs in front of Jalalabad police station at Kumargaon-Temukhi around 10:30pm Thursday and hurled two bombs at Padma Petroleum’s depot at Dakkhin Surma in the city around 10:00pm, said Sylhet Metropolitan Police additional deputy commissioner Mohammad Ayub.
In Chapainawabganj, activists of Jamaat-Shibir vandalised six branch offices of Prime Bank, Mercantile Bank, Jamuna Bank, Brac Bank, Rajshahi Krishi Unnayan Bank and Shahjalal Bank at the Barind crossing, witnesses said.
In Jhenidah, Jamaat-Shibir men set fire to six trucks at Baidanga Bazar under sadar upazial on Thursday night, said Jhenaidah police OC Kazi Alauddin Ahmed.
In Rangpur, Jamaat-Shibir activists set fire to Juba Prashikkhan Centre in sadar upazila of the district around midnight, said Rangpur superintendent of police Abdur Razzak.
A police armoured vehicle passes by two burning cars which were set on fire by Jamaat-Shibir activists at Motijheel in Dhaka on Friday in protest at the execution of Jamaat leader Abdul Quader Molla for crime against humanity. Ã¢€” Sanaul Haque
Clockwise from top left, fire fighters put out fire in a car set ablaze at Motijheel in Dhaka, a bullet-injured boy lies on a road after police opened fire to disperse protesters at Motijheel, the Bogra-Rangpur Highway is cut at Majhipara in Bogra, a
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