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Political Violence

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Masterminds of violence eluding capture

AT least 500 cocktail and petrol bombs have been inflicted on the public and property over the last 24 days, and 588 people have been arrested by the police for their alleged involvement in arson attacks and violence on law enforcement agencies. Based on their investigations, the DB police have identified 170 masterminds of cocktail and bomb attacks in the capital. According to the police, 70 of these “terrorists” belong to Chhatra Shibir, while the rest are members of...

3 ‘JCD’ men held for Keraniganj arson

3 ‘JCD’ men held for Keraniganj arson

Detectives today claimed to arrest three activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), student wing of BNP, who were involved in arson attack in Dhaka that burnt two people last week. Those arrested were identified as Fazal Mia, 22, Khairul Islam 26, and Shawkat Islam, 24, held from South Keraniganj in the outskirts of the...

Excessive force not answer to violence: Amnesty

Excessive force not answer to violence: Amnesty

Amnesty International has condemned Bangladesh government’s move to use “excessive police force” tackling ongoing violence during the BNP-led 20-party alliance blockade. The global rights watchdog also has called upon the BNP to “exhort their members and supporters to stop politically-motivated criminal acts” in a report published yesterday. Pulling up reference to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s...

14-party holds gayebana janazas for arson victims

14-party holds gayebana janazas for arson victims

The ruling Awami League-led 14-party alliance today held a gayebana janaza for the innocent victims of the violence in the BNP-led 20-party alliance’s countrywide blockade. Scores of people including senior leaders and activists of the ruling Awami League and its political allies attended the janaza held at the national mosque Baitul Mukarram after Juma...

STRATEGICALLY SPEAKING

Democracy now a blood sport

Democracy does not have to be a blood sport; it can be an honourable enterprise that advances the public interest.” So said a former US president; but that is not so in Bangladesh. Here the demos in the demos-kratos have gone missing. What we have seen in the last one month can be termed as demos-aima, people's blood rather than people's rule. Some scholars have argued that in some respects democracy is violence-driven. We don't have to go far...

Gonoshasthaya Hospital opens 6-bed burn unit

Gonoshasthaya Hospital opens 6-bed burn unit

Coming to the aid of the increasing number arson attack victims, Gonoshasthaya Nagar Hospital yesterday opened a six-bed burn unit on its Dhanmondi premises in the capital, declaring to provide treatment and medicine free of cost. Initially four doctors will provide round-the-clock, basic lifesaving treatment. Upgraded facilities including intensive care and high dependency units...

Govt yet to exert full might to clamp violence: Minister

Govt yet to exert full might to clamp violence: Minister

The government is yet to enforce its full might to clamp down on anarchy and violence in the name of blockades and hartals, Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan said today. “The effort to resist violence did not fail. The government is yet to exert its full strength in this regard. Violence is only reported from...

Blockade takes one more life

Blockade takes one more life

One more burn victim in Rangpur died yesterday raising the death toll to 31 in the ongoing political violence since January 5. At least two drivers and a helper were burnt in arson attacks on two vehicles in Rajshahi and Thakurgaon Sunday night and yesterday -- the second day of the 36-hour hartal. Alleged activists...

Trade fair gets 10-day extension

The government has extended the ongoing Dhaka International Trade Fair by 10 days to help the participants that have suffered a sharp fall in sales as fears of political violence kept visitors away. The 20th edition of the month-long exposition at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in the capital was scheduled to end on January 31. Now it will end on February 10. The Export Promotion Bureau, the organiser, took the decision at a meeting with Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed yesterday, according to an...

Garment makers to form human chain Wednesday to demand security

The apparel and textile businesses will form a human chain in Dhaka on Wednesday demanding security as the ongoing political violence is disrupting smooth operation of their business. The decision was taken yesterday at an emergency meeting of the leaders of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association, Bangladesh Textile Mills Association, and Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association at the BGMEA office in Dhaka. “Buyers are continuously making queries about the political situation in the country,” BGMEA President Atiqul Islam told...

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