Shibir men fight cops
Islami Chhatra Shibir activists early yesterday hurled a bomb and brickbats on police in Jessore town while the law enforcers besieged a student's mess allegedly controlled by the pro-Jamaat-e-Islami student body supporters.
In return, police fired two blank shots and arrested 12 Shibir men from the mess who gathered there to plot subversive activities, reports our Jessore correspondent quoting Golam Rahman, officer-in-charge (OC) of Sadar Police Station.
The OC said a team of police conducted a drive at Munshi Bari Mess, locally known as a strong den of Shibir men, early yesterday. Sensing their presence, the Shibir men hurled a bomb and huge quantity of brickbats on them.
Meanwhile, in Jessore town yesterday noon, three persons including a director of a coaching centre were stabbed and a coaching centre was torched allegedly by the activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League, a pro-Awami League student organisation.
The attackers ransacked Radar and Focus coaching centres, operated by Shibir, at Eidgah intersection and torched Radar Coaching Centre.
They stabbed Hafizur Rahman, a director of Radar; Shahadat Hossain, an employee; and Sujit Pal, an employee of an advocate's chamber which the attackers mistakenly ransacked.
23 JAMAAT-SHIBIR MEN HELD
Law enforcers in the last two days arrested at least 23 more leaders and activists of Jamaat and Shibir from three other districts on charges of the recent attacks on police, involvement in acts of violence and suspected link to subversive activities.
Of the arrestees, 11 are from Narail, seven from Munshiganj and five from Narayanganj.
Our Correspondent from Narail reports that two Jamaat leaders including Jakir Hossain, ameer of Jamaat's Kotakol union unit, were arrested yesterday afternoon.
On Thursday, police arrested nine Jamaat and Shibir men including Lohagora upazila Jamaat Ameer Ali Ahmed Mollah.
In Munshiganj, police arrested seven Jamaat men from sadar and Gazaria upazilas with some booklets and non-lethal local arms, reports our Munshiganj correspondent.
Our Narayanganj correspondent adds that law enforcers arrested five Jamaat men from Fatullah, Kashimpur, Sonargaon and Dewbhogh areas of the district yesterday and on Thursday night.