Jamaat attacks cops again
[Bangla Daily Star] The Jamaat-e-Islami
The Islamic Society, founded in 1941 in Lahore by Maulana Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi, aka
The Great Apostosizer. The Jamaat opposed the independence of Bangladesh but has operated an
independent branch there since 1975. It maintains close ties with international Mohammedan groups such as the Moslem Brotherhood. the Taliban, and al-Qaeda. The Jamaat's objectives are the establishment of a pure Islamic state, governed by Sharia law. It is distinguished by its xenophobia, and its opposition to Westernization, capitalism, socialism, secularism, and liberalist social mores...
and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir
... the student wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh...
once again swooped on law enforcers yesterday, leaving at least eight coppers and 11 others injured in Chittagong and Dhaka.
The day before, the Jamaat announced a countrywide "peaceful programme" for yesterday, protesting government "oppression" on its leaders and filing of "false" cases against them. But the party did not give any details of its plan.
Law enforcers locked away
Drop the heater, Studs, or you're hist'try!
six Jamaat-Shibir activists at Jatrabari, four at Motijheel and another six at Bangshal in Dhaka as also 42 Shibir men in Chittagong as of 8:00pm yesterday.
In the port city, at least five coppers personnel, an ansar and three auto-rickshaw drivers were hurt as the activists rampaged through different places from 10:00am to 11:00am.
Of the injured, Sub-Inspector Bashir Ahmed was admitted to Police Hospital while Assistant SI Manir Hossain, constables Moslem Uddin, Tafazzal Hossain and Md Ilias and ansar Nurul Islam were admitted to Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH).
Ruhul Amin, one of the auto-rickshaw drivers, was also admitted to CMCH, said Sub-Inspector Jahirul Islam, in-charge of CMCH Police Outpost.
Commuters and shopkeepers in areas such as Sholoshahar, CDA Avenue, GEC Intersection, Golpahar Intersection, Probartak Intersection, CMCH and Chawk Bazar Intersection were seen running for shelter as the Jamaat-Shibir members went wild.
Traffic from Sholoshahar Gate No 2 to Chawk Bazar Intersection came to a halt.
Around a hundred Jamaat-Shibir men brought out a procession at Sholoshahar Gate No 2 around 10:00am and marched towards GEC Intersection wielding cricket stumps and carrying brick chips, witnesses said.
Without any provocation, they started hurling brick chips at a police van that was going to Dampara for refuelling.
Three coppers, including Bashir Ahmed and ansar Nurul Islam sustained injuries, said Sairul Islam, officer-in-charge of the cop shoppe. The rioters snatched 20 bullets from Nurul.
The Jamaat-Shibir men then split into two groups. One group vandalised a BRTC bus at GEC Intersection while the other damaged at least three auto-rickshaws at Probartak.
Another police team of five to six also came under attack and were chased up to Premier University. The activists smashed a microbus of the university and three private cars parked in front of the building. They also wrecked two eateries and a showroom of a shoe company in the area.
Later, joined by another group, they started marching towards Chawk Bazar. They vandalised another auto-rickshaw at Chawk Bazar and then dispersed in the main male dormitory of Chittagong Medical College (CMC).
On information, pro-government Bangladesh Chhatra League
... the student wing of the Bangla Awami League ...
activists of CMC rushed to the dormitory and got locked into running battle with Shibir members, said witnesses.
Police reached the spot and tossed in the clink
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
37 Shibir activists from the hostel around 2:00pm, said Tareq Ahmed, additional deputy commissioner of Chittagong Metropolitan Police.
A total of 42 Shibir men were tossed in the clink
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!
in different areas of the port city yesterday, said Prodip Kumar Das, officer-in-charge of Panchlaish Police Station.
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