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Opinion: Islamic activists martyred in Bangladesh
Friday, 01 February 2013
I am shocked beyond words. 4 innocent lives have been lost today (31st of January) in Bangladesh. One policeman also died while on duty.

It all started on the 29th of January with, “Scores hurt as Islamists take to Bangladesh streets over tribunal”. In an alarming response, Benazir Ahmed, DMP police commissioner called on police to shoot Shibir on sight saying,” From now open fire as soon as Shibir is visible ”

“If Jamaat brings out any procession, the respective ward and thana unit of Awami League will be held responsible organisationally for that,” said Awami League Dhaka city unit general secretary Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya on January 30th, while addressing a special extended meeting of Awami League Dhaka city unit at its Bangabandhu Avenue office in the city. Addressing the meeting, Home Minister Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir said, “Those who are involved in anti-state activities, the government is pledge-bound to prevent them. It’s our moral duty to resist Jamaat.”

In the same meeting, Awami League joint general secretary Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif observed that the trial of the war criminals cannot be stopped by carrying out sniper attacks. “The activists and leaders of Awami League will have to resist Jamaat in every ward unitedly.”
Did these orders result in what happened on the 31st of December?

Jamaat called hartal for the 31st of January to protest the repressive actions of the government on its activities, among them not allowing it to hold a predeclared procession on the 30th of January.

In the wee hours of the 31st of January, police constable Jahurul died at Manirampur, Jessore, Bangladesh due to a heart attack. This was reported to be while police obstruction was in progress of a procession brought out by Jamaat and Shibir in support of hartal/general strike called by Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami.

In Bogra, Shibir activist and sociology honours student, Abu Ruhani, was martyred at around 12:00 pm when armed Awami League cadres attacked a procession at Fulbari area in front of Mujibur Rahman Women’s College, severely injuring a total 4. They were rushed to Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College Hospital where Ruhani died around 2:30pm. Abu Ruhani, 22, was the president of Azizul Haque College, Old Bhaban unit of Shibir. The others were Shamin Miah, Adnan Rafique, and Shabbir Pramanik

At around 1:30 pm, an armed group of Chatroloeague attacked Mizanur Rahman, a Jamaat activist, at his establishment, Bhai-Bon hatchery, hacking him fatally while he was working there at Satgram, on the outskirts of the town at Bogra. Doctors pronounced him dead on arrival at Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College Hospital.

A procession by aggrieved activists at the town around 4:15 protesting these heinous acts of violence was obstructed by police, which lead to clashes. Police indiscriminately fired tear shells and rubber bullets to contain the situation where more than 100 were wounded and 8 activists bullet ridden. In the evening, a Chatroleague controlled mess was put on fire at Sheujgari area. A Shibir activist was martyred by police firing at Jamilnagar area. Another Shibir activist was shot and killed members of the Rapid Action Battalion(RAB). At the end of the day, Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) was called in to calm the situation.The two Shibir activists were identified as Abdullah and Sharif. Unconfirmed reports speak of fatal shootings when security raided residences of Shibir activists. Some even say that one activist was in the sijdah position amidst his prayers (namaaz)when security opened fire.

Think not of those who are slain in Allah’s way as dead. Nay, they live, finding their sustenance in the presence of their Lord. (Qur’an,Al-i-Imran, Ayat 169)
إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ