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Remain prepared to protect democracy

Remain prepared to protect democracy

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday called upon the members of armed forces to remain always prepared to face any threat to country's sacred constitution and democracy. She urged the army to remain careful about the surge of militancy and terrorism, saying all of us have to remain aware so that militancy or terrorism cannot raise their head by any means. “The root of the evil forces should be eliminated from the country in the interest of development and prosperity,” she said while addressing the Darbar of the 10 Infantry Division...

Case filed over Avijit Roy’s killing

Case filed over Avijit Roy’s killing

A case has been filed accusing anonymous assailants of the brutal killing of writer and blogger Avijit Roy last night at Dhaka University area. Victim’s father Ajay Roy, a physics teacher at the University of Dhaka, filed the lawsuit against unidentified assailants with the police station around 9:15am today, Sirajul Islam, officer-in-charge of Shahbagh Police Station told The Daily Star Online. However, he did not tell how many people were accused in the case. “Detective Branch (DB) of police have already begun their investigation to find the motive of the killing and arrest of the culprits involved," the OC added. Assailants brutally hacked blogger Avijit Roy and his wife Rafida Ahmed Banna last...

Don't let Bangladesh become a cocoon of terror

Don't let Bangladesh become a cocoon of terror

LAST Sunday, training materials and sophisticated arms were recovered at militants' training centre in Banshkhali, Chittagong. This should not come as a surprise, especially to those who monitor the growth, expansion and activities of militancy in this country. In March 2013, I happened to meet the renowned Swedish journalist Bertil Lintner in an...

BITTER TRUTH

Militancy is creeping in ominously

WITH the BNP-Jamaat allies continuing to enforce blockade and hartal for the 44th day on February 18, the country has descended into deep chaos, uncertainty and unimaginable distress. We have got to be worried and perturbed after witnessing the scale of tragedies, lives lost by burning, destruction and losses inflicted on the economy in a free Bangladesh that we liberated at the cost 3 million lives. Since January 6, the country, from Teknaf to Tetulia, has turned into a...

23 held for ‘militant link’

23 held for ‘militant link’

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) has picked up 23 people from a madrasa in Chittagong for their alleged link with militancy. The elite force however did not give details about the detainees. Tipped-off, Rab-7 officials conducted a drive at the madrasa in Hathazari around 3:00pm,” Lt Col Mista Uddin Ahmed, commanding officer (CO) of Rab-7, told our Chittagong correspondent.   The Rab official said they could not verify the identity of the detained persons immediately.

21 Christian captives 'killed by IS'

21 Christian captives 'killed by IS'

A video has emerged showing the beheadings purportedly of 21 Egyptian Christians who had been kidnapped by Islamic State (IS) militants in Libya. The footage shows a group wearing orange overalls, being forced to the ground and then decapitated. Egypt reserves the right to respond in any way it sees fit, its President Abdel Fattah...

5 JMB men get death for killing prosecutor

5 JMB men get death for killing prosecutor

A Jhalakathi court today handed death to five members of banned militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) for killing a public prosecutor in 2007. Additional district judge of Jhalakathi passed the order in the case this afternoon for killing advocate Haider Hossain on April 11, 2007, reports our Jhalakathi correspondent. The convicts are: Murad Hossain, Amir Hossain, Tanvir Hossain, Belal Hossain and Sagir Hossain. Among them, Belal and Sagir remain absconding from beginning of the trial of the case.

4 more Burdwan blast suspects held

4 more Burdwan blast suspects held

India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) today arrested four more people in connection with the Burdwan blast, official sources said. Dalim Sheikh, Matiur Rahman, Habibur and Giasuddin were picked up from Birbhum, Nadia and Murshidabad districts of West Bengal, reports our New Delhi correspondent. The arrestees had allegedly played a key role in carrying out the...

4 IS militants on 5-day remand

4 IS militants on 5-day remand

A Dhaka court today placed four Islamic State militant group leaders including its ‘Bangladesh coordinator’ on a five-day remand. Metropolitan Magistrate Mizanur Rahman passed the order after the Detectives Branch of police produced them before the court with a 10-day remand. Earlier in the day, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) claimed arrest of the four Middle...

Hands of petrol bomb makers, throwers should be burnt: PM

Hands of petrol bomb makers, throwers should be burnt: PM

Issuing again a strong warning against terrorism and militancy in the country, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said the hands of those who make and hurl petrol bombs should be burnt so they can feel the agony of the burn victims. "I am very depressed at the news of burning of a pregnant woman whose baby died in her womb due to throwing of petrol bombs by the terrorists of BNP-Jamaat. The hands of those who make and hurl petrol bombs should be burnt after their arrest so that they can feel the torment of the burning," she said. "I know that there are some "atels" (so-called intellectuals) who would criticise...

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