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GOVERNMENT IN ALL OUT WAR

Hasina warns Khaleda of implicating in cases

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina with her cabinet colleagues enjoying a musical soiree organised by the cultural ministry in celebration of the 152nd birth anniversary of Poet Rabindranath Tagore at Osmani memorial Auditorium to on Wednesday.
The government appears to have launched an all out war against the opposition after last week’s Hefajot programme that they suppressed with total brutality engaging law enforcing agencies and armed cadres of ruling party. 
Amidst widespread rumours of killing and concealing dead-body, police claimed it a “zero casualty” operation while 14- political leaders claimed it to an operation without blood-shed.
Although the international community and various human rights organisation called for a neutral investigation into the violence of Sunday and Monday, the government continues to accuse the opposition denying the fatal actions by law enforcers and the open brandishing of firearms by Awami League cadres, 
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who on the other day offered a dialogue with her arc rival Khaleda Zia, has warned that the opposition leader would be implicated in the cases filed for burning people alive and the copies of holy Quran as instigator of the incident.
“She (Khaleda) is the instigator, she is the issuer of order,” Hasina said.
The Prime Minister came up with the warning while making her opening speech at a views-exchange meeting with the grassroots leaders of the ruling Awami League from Feni at her official residence Ganobhaban.
Sheikh Hasina urged the opposition leader to come to the path of democracy, or else, she warned Khaleda will not be able to imagine what will happen to her.
The Prime Minister mentioned that her government would not sit idle when the opposition activists will engage in killing people and burning the holy Quran, and hatch conspiracy to oust the government. “This won’t happen anymore,” she said.
“You’ll kill people, burn the holy Quran and there’ll be no trial…. this can’t happen,” she said.
Hasina said the opposition leader only knows how to destroy and the people of this country do not want to see such a destroyer. “She (should) realise that,” she added.
Earlier on Wednesday, State Minister of Law Advocate Quamrul Islam said that Inter-service Intelligence of Pakistan (ISI) financed Sunday’s violence of Hefajat-e-Islam.
He came up with the allegation while addressing a human chain programme at Bangabandhu Avenue during opposition hartal on Wednesday.
Quamrul Islam said, “BNP-Jamaat back all types of anarchy, violence, arson of Hefajat. These culprits will be brought under trial.”
“No one-- who supported Hefajat and who were involved in violence—will be spared,” he added.
State Minister also said, “No one will be allowed to conduct anarchy in the name of democracy. In future those, who will try to bring back 1/11, will be prevented.”
The human chain programme was attended, among others, by city Awami League General Secretary Mofazzal Hossain Maya, Joint General Secretary Hazi Selim and Organizing secretary Shah Alam Murad.
Meanwhile, thousands of Hefajot workers including their leaders have been implicated in dozens of cases relating to last week’s violence in and around the city.
Meanwhile, a Dhaka court here on Tuesday issued a warrant for the arrest of BNP standing committee member MK Anwar on charge of instigating communal forces and defaming a Swechchhasebak League leader.
Addressing the press conference at BNP’s Nayaplatan central office, MK Anwar termed the predawn crackdown by law enforcers on Hefajat-e-Islam activists at Shapla Chattar a planned disastrous killing.
He also alleged that ruling party men, led by Swechchhasebak League leader Debashish, set fire to the copies of holy Quran and the bookshops near the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque. “Media’s video footages showed that. But unfortunately, the government is trying to mislead people by shifting the blame on Hefajat despite having the evidence.”
Detective Branch (DB) police raided the houses of city BNP convener Sadek Hossain Khoka and Bangladesh Jatiya Party Chairman Barrister Andalib Rahman Partha on Wednesday night.
Police raided the Khoka’s house in Gopibagh and Partha’s house in Baridhara from 11:30pm to 12:00am on the night and the leaders weren’t found in there.

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina with her cabinet colleagues enjoying a musical soiree organised by the cultural ministry in celebration of the 152nd birth anniversary of Poet Rabindranath Tagore at Osmani memorial Auditorium to on Wednesday.
The government appears to have launched an all out war against the opposition after last week’s Hefajot programme that they suppressed with total brutality engaging law enforcing agencies and armed cadres of ruling party. 
Amidst widespread rumours of killing and concealing dead-body, police claimed it a “zero casualty” operation while 14- political leaders claimed it to an operation without blood-shed.
Although the international community and various human rights organisation called for a neutral investigation into the violence of Sunday and Monday, the government continues to accuse the opposition denying the fatal actions by law enforcers and the open brandishing of firearms by Awami League cadres, 
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who on the other day offered a dialogue with her arc rival Khaleda Zia, has warned that the opposition leader would be implicated in the cases filed for burning people alive and the copies of holy Quran as instigator of the incident.
“She (Khaleda) is the instigator, she is the issuer of order,” Hasina said.
The Prime Minister came up with the warning while making her opening speech at a views-exchange meeting with the grassroots leaders of the ruling Awami League from Feni at her official residence Ganobhaban.
Sheikh Hasina urged the opposition leader to come to the path of democracy, or else, she warned Khaleda will not be able to imagine what will happen to her.
The Prime Minister mentioned that her government would not sit idle when the opposition activists will engage in killing people and burning the holy Quran, and hatch conspiracy to oust the government. “This won’t happen anymore,” she said.
“You’ll kill people, burn the holy Quran and there’ll be no trial…. this can’t happen,” she said.
Hasina said the opposition leader only knows how to destroy and the people of this country do not want to see such a destroyer. “She (should) realise that,” she added.
Earlier on Wednesday, State Minister of Law Advocate Quamrul Islam said that Inter-service Intelligence of Pakistan (ISI) financed Sunday’s violence of Hefajat-e-Islam.
He came up with the allegation while addressing a human chain programme at Bangabandhu Avenue during opposition hartal on Wednesday.
Quamrul Islam said, “BNP-Jamaat back all types of anarchy, violence, arson of Hefajat. These culprits will be brought under trial.”
“No one-- who supported Hefajat and who were involved in violence—will be spared,” he added.
State Minister also said, “No one will be allowed to conduct anarchy in the name of democracy. In future those, who will try to bring back 1/11, will be prevented.”
The human chain programme was attended, among others, by city Awami League General Secretary Mofazzal Hossain Maya, Joint General Secretary Hazi Selim and Organizing secretary Shah Alam Murad.
Meanwhile, thousands of Hefajot workers including their leaders have been implicated in dozens of cases relating to last week’s violence in and around the city.
Meanwhile, a Dhaka court here on Tuesday issued a warrant for the arrest of BNP standing committee member MK Anwar on charge of instigating communal forces and defaming a Swechchhasebak League leader.
Addressing the press conference at BNP’s Nayaplatan central office, MK Anwar termed the predawn crackdown by law enforcers on Hefajat-e-Islam activists at Shapla Chattar a planned disastrous killing.
He also alleged that ruling party men, led by Swechchhasebak League leader Debashish, set fire to the copies of holy Quran and the bookshops near the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque. “Media’s video footages showed that. But unfortunately, the government is trying to mislead people by shifting the blame on Hefajat despite having the evidence.”
Detective Branch (DB) police raided the houses of city BNP convener Sadek Hossain Khoka and Bangladesh Jatiya Party Chairman Barrister Andalib Rahman Partha on Wednesday night.
Police raided the Khoka’s house in Gopibagh and Partha’s house in Baridhara from 11:30pm to 12:00am on the night and the leaders weren’t found in there.

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BAN KI MOON CONCERNED OVER VIOLENCE

Amnesty wants neutral probe into Motijheel crackdown

 

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The United nations Secretary genral Ban Ki Moon, the  Asian Human Rights Commission  and the Amnesty Internation expressed concern over growing political  tension in Bangladesh.
In a United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for peace and calm in Bangladesh as he expressed concern over the current wave of violence in the country. 
“The Secretary-General has been following the recent wave of violence in Bangladesh with increasing concern and is saddened by the loss of life, including during the events that unfolded in Dhaka throughout Sunday and on Monday,” said a media statement issued by his office. 
“The Secretary-General calls on all concerned to stop the violence, to respect the law and to express their views peacefully,” said the statement attributed to the spokesperson for the Secretary General. 
Ban urged political and religious leaders to engage in constructive dialogue and help defuse the tensions. 
Violence has engulfed Bangladesh since Sunday as a radical Islamic outfit demanding a tougher blasphemy law clashed with police. 
 
Amnesty International
The Amnesty International in a statement last week asked the Bangladeshi authorities to immediately set up an independent and impartial investigation into police use of force after at least 44 people died in violent clashes between Hefajot protesters and the police last week. 
The human rights organisation said, tens of thousands of supporters of the Islamist group Hefazat-e-Islam took to the streets in the capital Dhaka and elsewhere in Bangladesh on 5 May and the early hours of 6 May. 
The demonstrations turned violent as protesters clashed with police in Dhaka. 
“There is considerable confusion about what really happened, and why the deaths occurred. There must urgently be an immediate independent and impartial investigation into the events, including the police use of force. The perpetrators must be brought to justice,” said Polly Truscott, Amnesty International’s Deputy Asia-Pacific Director.
The circumstances of the protests are disputed, with police claiming the violence erupted on 5 May when protesters tried to storm a police barricade, and then pelted police officers with stones and bricks. A police operation in the early hours of 6 May led to a new round of clashes. 
Police have confirmed four deaths from 5 May but have remained silent about the deaths on 6 May. Media reports estimate a total of 22 deaths in Dhaka over both days. Unofficial figures from hospitals that Amnesty International has obtained also confirm 22 deaths.
Outside of Dhaka, protests in Narayanganj, Bagerhat and Chittagong (Hathazari) districts on 6 May left at least another 22 people dead.
In total, Amnesty International has been able to confirm the protest-related deaths of at least 41 civilians and three police or security force personnel across the country on 5 and 6 May.
The opposition Bangladeshi National Party (BNP) claims that more than 1,000 people have been killed, but this has been dismissed by the government.
“This is an extremely volatile situation and there is still a risk of further violence. All law enforcement personnel must abide by international law enforcement standards and ensure that they do not use excessive force in dealing with the protesters,” Truscott said.
“Firearms should be used by the police to the minimum extent necessary to defend themselves or others against an imminent threat of death or serious injury. They are a last resort, and should only be used when less extreme means are insufficient to achieve these objectives”.
Hefazat-e-Islam has called a general strike all over Bangladesh on 12 May, while police have banned gatherings of more than five people in the capital Dhaka. 
Hefazat-e-Islam is a relatively newly formed religious grouping mainly composed of madrassa (Islamic school) students and teachers.
Their protest on 5 May was the second in a series of demonstrations organized to push for their demands. The first protest on 6 April was largely peaceful. They initiated their second mass protests, also known as the “Dhaka siege”, to call on the government to implement their 13-point agenda, which includes the introduction of blasphemy laws, restriction on women’s movements and the death penalty for those found guilty of insulting Islam.
Meanwhile, the visiting Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Ekmeleddin ?hsano?lu paid a courtesy call on the opposition BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia at her Gulshan office on Monday night.
They discussed various issues including ongoing situation of the country, said sources concerned.

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Special Correspondent

 
The United nations Secretary genral Ban Ki Moon, the  Asian Human Rights Commission  and the Amnesty Internation expressed concern over growing political  tension in Bangladesh.
In a United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for peace and calm in Bangladesh as he expressed concern over the current wave of violence in the country. 
“The Secretary-General has been following the recent wave of violence in Bangladesh with increasing concern and is saddened by the loss of life, including during the events that unfolded in Dhaka throughout Sunday and on Monday,” said a media statement issued by his office. 
“The Secretary-General calls on all concerned to stop the violence, to respect the law and to express their views peacefully,” said the statement attributed to the spokesperson for the Secretary General. 
Ban urged political and religious leaders to engage in constructive dialogue and help defuse the tensions. 
Violence has engulfed Bangladesh since Sunday as a radical Islamic outfit demanding a tougher blasphemy law clashed with police. 
 
Amnesty International
The Amnesty International in a statement last week asked the Bangladeshi authorities to immediately set up an independent and impartial investigation into police use of force after at least 44 people died in violent clashes between Hefajot protesters and the police last week. 
The human rights organisation said, tens of thousands of supporters of the Islamist group Hefazat-e-Islam took to the streets in the capital Dhaka and elsewhere in Bangladesh on 5 May and the early hours of 6 May. 
The demonstrations turned violent as protesters clashed with police in Dhaka. 
“There is considerable confusion about what really happened, and why the deaths occurred. There must urgently be an immediate independent and impartial investigation into the events, including the police use of force. The perpetrators must be brought to justice,” said Polly Truscott, Amnesty International’s Deputy Asia-Pacific Director.
The circumstances of the protests are disputed, with police claiming the violence erupted on 5 May when protesters tried to storm a police barricade, and then pelted police officers with stones and bricks. A police operation in the early hours of 6 May led to a new round of clashes. 
Police have confirmed four deaths from 5 May but have remained silent about the deaths on 6 May. Media reports estimate a total of 22 deaths in Dhaka over both days. Unofficial figures from hospitals that Amnesty International has obtained also confirm 22 deaths.
Outside of Dhaka, protests in Narayanganj, Bagerhat and Chittagong (Hathazari) districts on 6 May left at least another 22 people dead.
In total, Amnesty International has been able to confirm the protest-related deaths of at least 41 civilians and three police or security force personnel across the country on 5 and 6 May.
The opposition Bangladeshi National Party (BNP) claims that more than 1,000 people have been killed, but this has been dismissed by the government.
“This is an extremely volatile situation and there is still a risk of further violence. All law enforcement personnel must abide by international law enforcement standards and ensure that they do not use excessive force in dealing with the protesters,” Truscott said.
“Firearms should be used by the police to the minimum extent necessary to defend themselves or others against an imminent threat of death or serious injury. They are a last resort, and should only be used when less extreme means are insufficient to achieve these objectives”.
Hefazat-e-Islam has called a general strike all over Bangladesh on 12 May, while police have banned gatherings of more than five people in the capital Dhaka. 
Hefazat-e-Islam is a relatively newly formed religious grouping mainly composed of madrassa (Islamic school) students and teachers.
Their protest on 5 May was the second in a series of demonstrations organized to push for their demands. The first protest on 6 April was largely peaceful. They initiated their second mass protests, also known as the “Dhaka siege”, to call on the government to implement their 13-point agenda, which includes the introduction of blasphemy laws, restriction on women’s movements and the death penalty for those found guilty of insulting Islam.
Meanwhile, the visiting Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Ekmeleddin ?hsano?lu paid a courtesy call on the opposition BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia at her Gulshan office on Monday night.
They discussed various issues including ongoing situation of the country, said sources concerned.

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