Rural unrest in Bangladesh

Outlaws turn reckless in Sirajganj, Pabna, Natore and Bogra
The activists of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) have now become reckless in different shoals and remote villages including greater Chalan Beel area in Sirajganj, Pabna, Natore and Bogra district to increase their supremacy.

They have now started reorganising and are busy to recruit new members to expand their organizational activities. Besides, they are running different kinds of offense including toll collection, robbery, abduction and murder in the areas. Even they are also being involved with different kinds of daring incidents like police killing and ammunitions looting, causing prevailing panic among the peace lover people in the areas, sources said.

It is learnt from different reliable sources that, the activities of outlawed PBCP have increased in different remote shoals of Jamuna River and greater Chalan Beel region under Sirajganj, Pabna, Natore and Bogra district for last few months due to lax-vigilance of law enforcement agencies. The extremists also have set up several safe dens in the areas, as the law enforcers cannot reach there easily due to poor communication facility. As a result, they are now committing several anti-social activities like abduction, robbery, murder and toll collection.

Sources said, different shoals and isolated villages at Kazipur, Belkuchi, Chowhali, Shahzadpur, Ullapara, Raiganj and Tarash upazila in Sirajganj district, Chatmohor, Bhangura, Ataikula, Atghoria, Sujanagor and Sathia upazila in Pabna district, Singra, Lalpur and Gurudashpur upazila in Natore district, Sherpur, Dupchachia, Nandigram and Kahalu upazila of Bogra district have now become safe havens for the extremists. They remain absconding at daytime disguising general public or travelers in the area and come out after sunset to carry out their organizational and anti-social activities, locals said.

Police record revealed that, the outlaws are carrying out their illegal activities in the region for around last 20 years. It is mentionable that, when the law enforcers take hard action against them, they go to hidden. But, they comeback in the area, when lax-vigilance is found in the activities of law enforcers, local elites complained.

In 2005, they killed two policemen and looted firearms attacking Bamihal police outpost in Natore district. In 1989, the incident of gunfight was committed between police and outlaws at Kundashon village under Tarash upazila of Sirajganj district. At that time, police arrested Bonkesh, a top leader of PBCP.

The outlaws shot to dead Ali Hassan, chairman of Talom union of Tarash upazila and a dacoit leader named Anu at Ranirhat in Sherpur upazila of Bogra district in 1992. They also shot to dead Abdul Zalil, Chairman of Ramkrisnapur union in 1988, Mostafa Kamal, a businessman in 1990 and Saiful Islam, Chairman of Lahirimohonpur union in Ullapara upazila of Sirajganj district in 2006. The extremists shot to dead Afsar Ali, a member of Dhamainagor union parishad in Raiganj upazila of the district in 1987.

They further shot to dead Abdul Ohab, Nityanjoy, Julmat and Dudu Mian at Biash Baza’ar in Singra upazila of Natore district within 1997 to 2001. They killed Anis, a rich farmer of Paril Boroichara village and Abul Kalam Ajad, rich businessmen of Katagari Baza’ar in Tarash upazila of Sirajganj district in 2008 following refusal to pay toll.

While contacted, Jamil Ahmed, Superintendent of Police in Pabna told The New Nation that, security measure has already beefed up in the all police stations and outposts to avert further untoward incident. Besides, the investigation to the police killing incident and drives to nab the outlaws is continuing.

It is mentioned that, at least 104 outlaws from different areas of greater Chalan Beel had surrendered to the police at Katagari Hat in Tarash upazila of Sirajganj district in 2007. But, a good number of leaders and activists of the party including Rejaul Karim, Jahurul Islam, Abdul Mazid of Dewra village, Jamal Uddin, Altaf Hossain, Delower Hossain, Nurzahan Begum, Shahzahan Ali, Abu Sayeed, Huzur Ali, Kana Rafiq, Asad and Khalil of Kundason village were out of capture.

On the other hand, the name of 10 persons, who were accused in Randhunibari police outpost attack case have already withdrew from the charge sheet on an order of home ministry, as they were included in the charge sheet on political consideration.

Main accused in Pabna cop killing case held
UNB, Pabna
An outlawed leader, main accused in police killing case, was arrested from Ramkrishnapur, a frontier area between Pabna and Rajbari, on Thursday night. Policemen from Pabna and Rajbari in a joint drive raided a jute field and arrested Nuru Mondal,55, a leader of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (Lal Pataka faction), at 9:30pm for his involvement in the killing of three policemen.

With the latest arrest, a total of five accused in the killing were arrested so far.

Outlaws gunned down three policemen, including a Sub-inspector, at Dhalar Char in Bera upazila on the night of July 20. Local Police Super Jamil Ahmed said Nuru, son of late Zharu Mondal of Mirpur Village in Bera upazila, went into hiding after he led the killing.

Nuru, who was earlier sentenced to 32 years imprisonment in police Sub-inspector Hedayet killing case, was also wanted in seven other cases.

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