Eliyas Numan, a Swechchasebak League leader, was not only beaten up but his assailants chopped off his left hand. The brutal attack was carried out by members of Jubo League, who apparently were unhappy with Numan for facilitating electricity connections from Palli Bidyut in his locality. We are informed that villagers of Khodaboxpur had given Tk 180,000 to a local Jubo League leader but that went nowhere. Hence, when Numan made efforts to get the connections, it apparently infuriated the Jubo League leader who, it is alleged, had Numan attacked.
Although Numan has survived, the question is precisely what the ruling party is going to do about these dangerous elements in its ranks. True, the police have filed cases, but then we are also informed that one of the key accused has been freed on bail.
These intra-party feuds are growing, not lessening nationwide. If a leader of Swechchasebak League is not safe, then one might ask, who is? Numan is on the Executive Committee of this body in Mymensingh, which is directly linked to Awami League (AL) and he was nearly killed by people belonging to another AL-linked body. It is time the party leadership reined these appendages in. That the prime accused has been released on bail, despite accusation by family members, makes us think about how this whole case will be played out. Local leaders often treat their respective areas like fiefdoms and that’s when we end up with such horrid attacks. Numan deserves justice and we can only hope that he gets it.