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12:00 AM, December 14, 2012 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, December 14, 2012

Bishwajit Murder

Killers not BCL men

Claims PMO, surprises all

Just two hours and 20 minutes after killing Bishwajit Das on Sunday, killer Mahfuzur Rahman Nahid, circled, is seen in a Bangladesh Chhatra League procession in the front row alongside, marked from left, Jagannath University Chhatra League unit president, its secretary and an assistant secretary of central Chhatra League. Nahid is once again seen in the birthday party, inset, of the Jagannath University Chhatra League unit president later that day. Photo: Anisur Rahman

Nobody from Bangladesh Chhatra League killed Bishwajit Das.
This startling statement came during a press briefing at the Prime Minister's Office yesterday, although news photographers and videos already have made it clear who hacked the youth to death in broad daylight on Sunday.
The PMO gave particulars of six “alleged murderers”, saying they include two former members of pro-Jamaat student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir.
Briefing newsmen, Prime Minister's Press Secretary Abul Kalam Azad alleged that BNP and Jamaat-Shibir kill people and put the blame on the ruling Awami League and its associated bodies.
“None of the alleged killers of Bishwajit is Chhatra League activist,” he said.
The six whom the press secretary dubbed as the alleged killers of Bishwajit are Obhidul Quader Tahsin, Rafiqul Islam Shakil, Mahfuzur Rahman Nahid, Noore Alam, Emdadul Haque and Saiful Islam.
Following are the particulars given by Abul Kalam Azad:
Tahsin of Char Kailash village in Noakhali was a Shibir member.
His father Maulana Mohiuddin is the principal of Azharul Ulum Fazil Madrasa of Sukhchar and elder brother Sabbir Ahmed Kajol was a top Shibir leader at Rajshahi University.
His younger brother Manjurul Quader is a Dakhil examinee at Azharul Ulum Fazil Madrasa and younger sister Tahmina Akhter studies in class-V at the same madrasa.
Shakil's home is on Fire Service Road in Patuakhali sadar upazila. His father Md Ansar Ali Khalifa, a retired staff of the district tax office, is a BNP supporter. His eldest brother Shahidul Islam Shahin is the joint convener of Patuakhali municipal Jubo Dal, a pro-BNP youth body.
Nahid of South Joynagar village at Daulatkhan upazila in Bhola was involved in Shibir politics in the past. He passed Alim and Fazil from different madrasas in the district.
His father Abdur Rahman is a local Jamaat-e-Islami leader and maternal uncles are BNP supporters. His maternal grandfather was a “notorious Razakar” during the Liberation War, 1971.
Nahid's elder brother is the president of a dormitory unit of RU Chhatra Shibir and an accused in the Faruk murder case.
There are more than one cases filed for various offences including women repression, mugging and abduction against Noore Alam, son of Md Nurul Islam of Sulipara village under Pirgachha upazila of Rangpur.
Emdadul is the son of Md Akram Ali of Pachkaira village under Sarsha upazila in Jessore. His uncle Shahjahan is a Jamaat worker and principal of local Samata Madrasa.
Saiful Islam, son of Abdul Hai of Chandanbari Purbapara village under Manohordi upazila in Narshingdi, is a third-year student of Islamic history at Jagannath University.
Talking to the press, Azad said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina strictly believes no killers and criminals have political identities. They have to be given stern punishment no matter who they are.
He said some of the killers of Bishwajit have been arrested and attempts are on to arrest the rest.
The press secretary pointed out different negative activities of the main opposition BNP and its key ally Jamaat after the killing of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1975.
In the month of Liberation War victory, the BNP-Jamaat has been creating anarchy in the country through vandalism, arson and murder in a bid to save the war criminals.
It was the BNP-Jamaat's anarchy Bishwajit was brutally killed for, he said.
Azad added that the BNP-Jamaat is hatching conspiracies at home and abroad to make the International Crimes Tribunal controversial.
By supporting Jamaat's December 4 hartal, BNP, which rehabilitated the anti-liberation forces in politics, made them parliament members, resorted to killings and terrorism including the August 21 grenade attacks and patronised militancy, has proved that it does not want war crimes trial, the press secretary said.
He also said not only the killers of Bishwajit, but also all the casualties during the hartal and blockade programmes of the main opposition party would be investigated and the culprits would be brought to book.

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