Six killed as Jamaat protests turn violent

Dhaka – At least six people were killed as Jamaat-Shibir men went berserk at different parts of the country, including the capital, on Friday following Thursday night’s execution of condemned Jamaat leader Abdul Quader Mollah.Over 150 vehicles, a number of houses and shops and five police boxes were torched and 30 vehicles vandalised in different districts during the violence.
In Satkhira, a local Awami League leader and a Jubo League activist were stabbed to death allegedly by Jamaat-Shibir men in Kolaroa upazila in the early hours.
The deceased were identified as Azizur Rahman Aju, 53, former president of Awami League Kolaroa municipality ward No 6 unit, and Joy Miah, a Jubo League activist hailing from Saraskati village.
Shah Dara Khan, officer-in-charge (OC) of Kolaroa Police Station, said some unidentified miscreants swooped on Aju’s house around 12:05 am. They vandalised the house and stabbed him indiscriminately, leaving him dead on the spot.
Meanwhile, Joy Miah was stabbed to death after some Jamaat-Shibir men picked him up from his house at Saraskati village around 2 am.
The Jamaat-Shibir activists also vandalised and torched houses of several Awami League leaders, ruling party offices, vehicles and shops in Ashashuni, Sadar and Kaliganj upazilas.
In Pirojpur, Shukkur Ali, 25, a local BNP activist, was killed and six people were injured as the Jamaat-Shibir men clashed with cops and Awami League men at Ghosherhat Bazar in Zianagar upazila before dawn.
In Noakhali, an Islami Chhatra Shibir man and a hawker were shot to death in separate incidents in Sonamuri and Begumganj upazilas.
A Shibir man was killed and 10 others were injured as activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) opened fire on them at Sonapur village in Sonaimuri upazila in the afternoon.
The deceased was identified as Zobair, 17, of the area.
The hawker, Khorshed Alam, 55, of Rasulpur village in Sonaimuri upazila, was shot to death and another person injured during a clash between the opposition men and members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) at Afaniabazar in Begumganj upazila in the early hours.
Besides, some unidentified people blasted two petrol bombs at the village home of International Crimes Tribunal-1 panel Judge Jahangir Hossain Selim at Kabilpur village in Senbagh upazila of the district at dawn.
In Jessore, a Shibir activist was killed when a tree collapsed on him while it was being cut it to block road at Baldeghat in Bagharpara upazila in the wee hours.
The deceased was identified as Ashraful, 16, son of Makbul Hossain of Mahiron in the upazila.
In the capital, the unruly Jamaat-Shibir men went on the rampage and set fire to six vehicles, five motorcycles and several rickshaws in different places.
They also vandalised and torched City Corporation ward-10 office and garbage management centre at Motijheel.
In Bogra, nine covered vans, four private cars, nine motorcycles, 17 baby taxis, 32 rickshaw vans and other valuables were gutted as miscreants torched the divisional godown of Akij Group at Belail in the district town at noon.
In Gazipur, unidentified miscreants set fire to the stationmaster’s office room at Joydevepur Railway Station in Sadar upazila that left five people injured.
In Dinajpur, unruly Jamaat and Shibir activists vandalised the house and office of MP from Dinajpur-6 constituency Azizul Haque Chowdhury.
Meanwhile, traffic on Chittagong-Cox’s Bazar, Chittagong-Bandarban, Bogra-Dhaka-Rangpur, Bogra-Natore and Bogra-Naogaon highways and Laxmipur-Dhaka, Dhaka-Ramganj roads remained halted as the Jamaat-Shibir activists put up barricade on the motorways.
Incidents of violence were also reported from other districts, including Comilla, Chapainwabganj, Narayanganj, Pabna, Habiganj, Kurigram, Sunamganj, Joypurhat, Sirajganj, Bagerhat, Barguna and Tangail. – UNB