Jamaat remains violent
[Bangla Daily Star] Just the day after launching synchronised attacks on police in the capital and elsewhere, Jamaat-Shibir rioters torched two buses and smashed five others in Old Dhaka yesterday.

Witnesses said a group of 20 to 25 youths, equipped with sharp weapons, sticks and brickbats, damaged vehicles parked in front of Bahadur Shah Park near Jagannath University around 8:30am.

They burned down two passenger buses of Skyline Paribahan, vandalised at least five others and fled as police rushed to the spot. None of them chanted any slogan or carried any banner.

Mohammad Nazir, owner of the Skyline Paribahan, filed a case with Sutrapur Police Station against 20 to 25 unidentified people for torching his two buses.

Gazi Mozammel Hossain, deputy commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (Wari), said Jamaat-Shibir carried out the arson and the vandalism.

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...
went on the rampage on Monday injuring at least 70 people, including 50 coppers, wrecking around 200 vehicles and setting four others afire to pressure the government to cancel the war crimes trial.

Seven cases have been filed in the capital for Monday's violence.

According to police, two cases were filed with Shahbagh, two with Paltan, two with Motijheel and one with Sutrapur cop shoppes accusing 82 named and around 1,000 unnamed leaders and activists of the organizations.

In four of the seven cases, 50 Jamaat-Shibir cadres have been tossed in the clink
Don't shoot, coppers! I'm comin' out!
and placed on remands.

Monirul Islam, deputy commissioner of Detective Branch (South), said Shibir cadres are launching terror attacks on Jamaat's instructions only to frustrate the war crimes trials.

The top brass of Jamaat, considered by many an anti-liberation force and a patron of religious bigotry, are facing trials for committing crimes against humanity in 1971.

...back at the mall, Clarissa spent the day shopping for new underwear. Tonight was going to be a special occasion...
the party enforced a daylong hartal
... a peculiarly Bangla combination of a general strike and a riot, used by both major political groups in lieu of actual governance ...
yesterday at Banshkhali upazila in Chittagong protesting arrest of some of their members while a half-day hartal at Kotchandpur upazila protesting the "arrest of their 17 leaders and activists".

Most of the shops in the areas remained open and traffic was almost normal. Shops were shut only at Chambal of Banshkhali, said witnesses.

The party also called half-day hartal in five other districts -- Rajshahi, Chapainawabganj, Naogaon, Natore and Chandpur -- for today over the same issue.

Around 4,000 people have been sued in Banshkhali for Monday's assaults that left at least 20 people, including 10 coppers, maimed.

Also, Shibir has called an eight-hour hartal in three districts of Rajshahi division for today demanding release of Mostafizur Rahman, its social welfare affairs secretary, and Atikur Rahman, office secretary. The two have been arrested in the capital.

Posted by: Fred 2013-01-30