- November 19, 2017
The sheer audacity exhibited by extremists who carried out two separate attacks on four cultural workers is fuelling outrage across the country.
The attacks, using butcher’s knives and at least one firearm, on two book publishers, a blogger and a poet, left one dead on Saturday.
Across the country, pens scratched and keyboards and touchscreens tapped out messages of outrage, alarm and condemnation that have gone viral on social media.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Kamal said that Saturday’s attacks on secular publishers that left one dead were isolated incidents and the law and order situation in the country is good.
“Such isolated incidents occur in other countries as well. Can you name just one place where such things do not happen?” Kamal told reporters at the Secretariat yesterday, adding that such incidents are frequent in countries like Australia, the US and France.
“We will track down the culprits,” he said.
Pro-liberation youths’ platform Gonojagoron Moncho yesterday announced half-day countrywide shutdown for tomorrow demanding immediate arrest of the killers of secular publisher Faisal Arefin Dipan.
The organisation also declared mourning for today and will hold a candle-light procession in protest against the series of killings, Moncho Spokesperson Imran H Sarker said from a rally held at Shahbagh in the afternoon.
Several other organisations and rights bodies also held demonstrations at Shahbagh yesterday and issued separate statements.
Notes of condemnation and outrage poured in from the diplomatic corps as embassies and intergovernmental organisation delegations weighed in on Saturday’s deadly attack on publishers and bloggers.
The German embassy in Dhaka yesterday condemned the murder of publisher Faisal Arefin Dipan and the life-threatening assault on publisher Ahmedur Rashid Tutul, blogger Ranadipam Basu and poet Tareq Rahim in Dhaka on Saturday.
Condemning the murder of a fifth secularist individual this year, New York-based Centre for Inquiry (CFI) yesterday criticised the government for its reluctance to confront the crisis and protect its people.
“Why does the government of Bangladesh continue to allow its own people to live in constant terror of being hacked to death my roving marauders?” asked Michael De Dora, CFI’s main representative to the United Nations, in a statement issued on Saturday.
The assailants who take part in the two separate incidents of attack on publishers at Lalmatia and Shahbagh were not professional killers but well-trained youths, detectives said yesterday.
“Although the killers were non-professional, they all were well-trained; or else, it was not possible to conduct such killing and attacks,” Monirul Islam, joint commissioner of police’s detective branch, said yesterday after analysing primary information and scrutinising the crime scenes.
Thousands of people yesterday joined the namaz-e-janaza of slain publisher Faisal Arefin Dipan, who was hacked to death at his office in the capital on Saturday.
Friends, relatives, teachers, students, writers, cultural activists, fellow publishers and people from all walks of life gathered at Dhaka University central mosque where the body of the 43-year-old was brought.
Grade VIII terminal tests – Junior School Certificate (JSC) and its madrassa equivalent Junior Dakhil Certificate (JDC) examinations – began across the country yesterday.
A total of 2,325,933 examinees from 28,632 educational institutions are expected to appear for the tests which began from 10am.
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid along with his ministry high-ups visited an exam centre in the capital’s Motijheel Ideal School and College in the morning.
Members of Jubo League and Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) yesterday once again locked into a clash on Central Railway Building premises in Chittagong city’s Tigerpass area over establishing supremacy.
Quoting locals police said the clash had taken place between the ex-central BCL’s assistant secretary Saiful Islam Limon group and central Jubo league’s deputy-finance secretary Helal Akbar Chowdhury Babar group at 12 noon.
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), students’ front of the ruling party Awami League, yesterday expelled its vice-president at Government City College unit yesterday on charge of assaulting invigilators and taking a snapshot of question paper of teachers’ recruitment examination.
Confirming the expulsion order of Md Noman Chowdhury, BCL Chittagong city unit General Secretary Nurul Azim Rony told the Dhaka Tribune that Noman was expelled from central committee of the BCL as he assaulted invigilators inside an examination hall on Friday”.
People living in Barisal region especially who mainly depend on government healthcare services are deprived of proper healthcare services due to manpower shortage at different upazila health complexes, general hospitals and health centres.
According to divisional health directorate office, a total of 507 out of 1,061 posts of doctors in public hospitals, heath centres and clinics have been lying vacant for long.
A 13-year-old schoolgirl was gang raped in Nayanpur area under Sreepur upazila of the district yesterday.
Sources said the girl, student of Borobari High School, was going to her relative’s house at Gaforgaon in the afternoon. Meanwhile, she lost her way and reached Joyna Bazar in Gazipur. Shamsuddin Mian,45, and his sister-in-law Rahmat Ali of Faridpur village assured the girl to reach her relative’s house.
Just a day after Jagriti Prokashoni publisher Faisal Arefin Dipan was hacked to death, the owner of another leading publishing house has received a death threat – allegedly from a militant group.
Somoy Prakashan Publisher Farid Ahmed told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday that he received an SMS text in the morning threatening him with death for publishing secular works.
The SMS reads: “You have published many books by atheists, you have committed many sins. Prepare to die!” The text was signed off by a group named Al-Ahrar, UK.
A female student of a private university in the district threatened to commit suicide after her teacher uploaded indecent picture on Facebook.
According to sources, Syedur Rahman Syed, teacher of Razendrapur Iqbal Siddiqee Academy and tutor of the student had been teaching her while she was studying at the school. He also tried to harass the girl several times The girl protested the teacher and at one stage, she informed the incident to her guardian.
After passing HSC, she was married off with an expatriate and later admitted to a private university in Dhaka.
Forensic specialists who performed autopsy on Faisal Arefin Dipan have said the slain publisher’s killers were right-handed, while the cause of death was a fatal blow to the spine.
The autopsy was completed by Dhaka Medical College forensic department Prof Prodip Biswas and supervised by the department chief Prof Kazi Mohammad Abu Shama.
Talking to the Dhaka Tribune, Prof Shama said the way the killers hacked Dipan suggests that they were right-handed.
No one can imagine how hard it was yesterday for young Ridad.
The eighth grader sat his first public exams and then went straight to the Dhaka University Central Mosque to join the Janaza of his father, who had been slain by unknown assailants.
Despite the tragic circumstances and the emotional trauma, Ridad, the elder son of slain Jagriti Prokashoni publisher Faisal
Arefin Dipan, listened to his family’s wishes and went to participate in the JSC exams.
At the janaza, he requested all to pray for his father.
Under the upcoming new pay scale, a public servant will graduate to the next pay grade after 10 years of joining and the same thing will happen after another six years, Finance Minister AMA Muhith has said.
This, the minister said, will ensure equal opportunity for all public servants and eliminate the necessity of time scale and selection grade provisions.
Another Italian aid worker Cesare Tavella killing accused Minhajul Arifeen Rasel alias Bhagina Rasel alias Kala Rasel yesterday confessed to his involvement in the crime.
Metropolitan Magistrate Shahriar Mahmud Adnan recorded the confessional statement after DB Inspector Md Jehad Hossain, also the investigating officer of the case, produced the 35-year-old before the court. After recording the statement, Rasel was sent to prison.
The inactive CCTV cameras at the District and Sessions Judge’s Court and the Metropolitan Sessions Judge’s Court in Dhaka have been reactivated after a report on poor security on the court premises were published recently in the Dhaka Tribune.
The Supreme Court yesterday cancelled a High Court verdict that acquitted businessman Giasuddin Al Mamun on charges of acquiring wealth disproportionate to the known sources of income in 2012.
The four-member Appellate Division bench led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha ordered fresh hearings after it resolved a leave-to-appeal plea filed by the Anti Corruption Commission.