- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
A Facebook page claiming to be run by banned militant outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team has posted a list of targets that includes the names of 14 bloggers and secular writers.
Opened on Sunday, the page named “Ansarullah Bangla Team,” posted a status at 9:21am the same day mentioning the names. Some of them are now staying abroad after being forced to seek asylum.
Although the page administrators claimed that it was the new official Facebook page for Ansarullah, the authenticity of the claim could not be verified.
The Supreme Court has deferred until November 17 the hearing on the petitions filed by Jamaat leader Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid and BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury seeking review of its order that upheld death penalties for their crimes against humanity in 1971.
A four-member bench of the Appellate Division led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha yesterday set the new date after the death row convicts’ lawyer Khandaker Mahbub Hossain moved a petition seeking time.
Death-row war criminal Salauddin Quader Chowdhury’s wife Farhat Quader Chowdhury has filed a writ petition with the High Court challenging the constitutional provision that allows the trial of individuals for crimes against humanity during the Liberation War.
She challenged the legality of the provision of the 15th amendment to the Constitution. Earlier, the constitution allowed trial of only groups of individuals for committing such crimes.
The Supreme Court has ordered BNP’s acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir to surrender before a trial court by today in three cases of instigating violence.
The court also ordered to dispose a High Court ruling over the senior BNP leader’s bail within two weeks.
The four-member bench of the Appellate Division, led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, issued the order yesterday after rejecting three petitions filed by Fakhrul seeking extension of his bail in the cases filed with Paltan and Motijheel police stations last year and this year.
The BNP yesterday said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s statement that BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami members had begun carrying out secret killings after the failure of firebomb and arson attacks could hamper the proper investigation into the recent murders.
“This sort of statement may be an obstacle to a fair probe,” BNP spokesperson Asaduzzaman Ripon told a press briefing at the party’s Nayapaltan office.
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad yesterday said election officials in Chittagong were asked to keep an eye on the Rohingyas so that their names could not be included in the voter list.
“But of course any Bangladeshi citizen can have his or her name included in the voter list. Special committees were formed in Chittagong Hill Tracts in this respect,” he said while talking to reporters after a meeting with Chittagong City Corporation councillors and other high officials at the Circuit House auditorium in the port city.
The cabinet has approved the official calender for the year 2016 with a total of 22 public holidays. The approval came at the weekly cabinet meeting held at the Secretariat yesterday with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
A five-day holiday was proposed for celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr but the cabinet did not approve it.
Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam said the cabinet had approved 14 public holidays for the upcoming year.
Khulna City Corporation Mayor Md Moniruzzaman Moni has been suspended from his post following the framing of charges against him in several cases.
Local Government division of the LGRD Ministry issued a circular in this regard yesterday.
Gokul Krishna Ghosh, chief executive officer of the KCC, said: “The copy of the order singed by Abdul Malek, secretary of Local Government Department, reached at the office around 5pm.”
At least 30 people, including four police personnel, were injured in a fierce clash between two groups of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) at Chittagong University yesterday morning.
Police and witness said an altercation had ensued between supporters of Sixty Nine Group led by CU unit President Alamgir Tipu and Bijoy Group led by university unit BCL General Secretary HM Fazly Rabbi Sujon over fixing spot to stand to greet admission seekers around 10am.
Authorities of Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology (Cuet) have shutdown the university for an indefinite period following a factional clash between two groups of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), the students’ front of the ruling party Awami League.
The decision was made at an emergency meeting yesterday afternoon.
He said that Ansarullah was being used because of its use of cut-out or sleeper cell tactics, making it difficult to identify the planners and financiers of the attacksA list of bailed and absconding operatives of banned militant outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) is being drawn up by investigators in a bid to solve the murder of Faisal Arefin Dipan, publisher of slain blogger Avijit Roy.
A high official of the Detective Branch, asking not to be named, told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday that investigators were preparing a list of Ansarullah members who had earlier been arrested or located by law enforcers but had managed to give the authorities the slip.
Dredging of Bakkhali, the only important river in Cox’s Bazar, is going to start soon as the government sanctioned Tk24 crore for the work.
According to sources, Water Development Board (WDB) sent a proposal of Tk225 crore to the Ministry of Water Resources on September,18, 2013, for dredging of the river.
But, the ministry did not sanction any budget in last two years for the work of the river.
Recently the government had assigned a project for the development of the river and sanctioned Tk24 crore, said WDB Executive Engineer Sabibur Rahman.
Gonojagoron Moncho calls hartal from 6am until noonProtests condemning the killing of publisher Faisal Arefin Dipan continued yesterday, with human chains and processions being held across the country.
All publishers kept the doors to their shops closed for half a day, while some also burned books as a form of protest.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina sought cooperation of the people who want peace and development and have faith in the spirit of War of Liberation, to trace out the persons and their masterminds behind the recent clandestine killings saying it’s time to forge unity again to resist the evil forces.
She said perpetrators of bomb attacks and arsonists could not be successful in 2013 and 2015 as common people came forward in their resistance. Similarly common people have to come forward to find out the perpetrators of the secret killings, she said.
The spell of grief was slowly subsiding and a sense of gloom was gradually taking over Prafulla – home of slain publisher Faisal Arefin Dipan.
Yesterday afternoon, the family members – Dipan’s wife Razia Rahman Jolly, father Prof Abul Kashem Fazlul Haque, son JSC-examinee Ridad and sixth-grader daughter Ridma – all seemed to be trying to settle back to their everyday chores.
But the presence of the man in their lives who was brutally slain for his allegiance with free thinkers was still far from erased.
Ahmedur Rashid Tutul, owner of Shuddhashar publishing house, only heard the chanting of Allahu Akbar and then what he did was all reflex action to save his life.
Lying in his hospital bed he said yesterday afternoon that he had been talking to his wife Shamim Runa over phone before he was attacked.
“After that as I was just trying to get down to my regular work on my computer I heard someone chant Allahu Akbar and something sharp struck my head and my vision got blurred,” Tutul said.
During an alleged gunfight, RAB forces yesterday shot and killed a murder suspect who allegedly burnt to death his mother-in-law and sister-in-law in Jhenaidah.
Thirty-year-old Kamal Hossain, from Jessore’s Agrail-Labutala village, was killed while fleeing on a motorcycle from a RAB 6 team.
The nation will observe the Jail Killing Day today to commemorate the 1975 killing of four national leaders inside Dhaka Central Jail.
On November 3, 1975, four national leaders and heroes of the country’s Liberation War – Syed Nazrul Islam, Tajuddin Ahmed, Captain Mansur Ali and AHM Quamruzzaman – were assassinated inside the jail.
A total of seven bloggers and publishers have been killed in the last two and a half years – as many as five of them this year alone. Law enforcers have from time to time arrested some suspects but the masterminds have remained out of reach.
Police have so far managed to submit two charge sheets – in the Ahmed Rajeeb Haider and Oyasiqur Rahman murder cases – but trial has ended in none of these.
Today’s Junior School Certificate (JSC) and Junior Dakhil Certificate (JDC) examinations have been rescheduled to 2pm from 10am.
The Ministry of Education made the announcement yesterday, which said the scheduled English Paper I test of the JSC and the Bangla Paper I test of the JDC exams had been postponed by four hours due to unavoidable circumstances.
A nationwide half-day hartal is being observed today by Gonojagoron Moncho in protest of the brutal killing of publisher Faisal Arefin Dipan and attacks on another three publisher-writers.