4 judges get death threat again

Four judges of the Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court on Thursday received threats through letters for making public a previous threat for “not granting bail to leaders and activists of Islam”.

“We reject your false trials. You have sided yourself with the devil. Our men are working on the field to teach you a good lesson. Why did you make it public? Now, let’s see how your administration saves you?” reads the translation of the handwritten Bangla letters from anonymous senders.

The judges include Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Bikash Kumar Saha, additional CMMs Md Shahidul Islam Faruque, Keshab Roy Chowdhury and MA Salam.

A piece of shroud-like white cloth was found in each of the four letters received by the judges, Keshab Roy Chowdhury told The Daily Star.

Mahbubul Alam, nazir of the CMM Court, filed a general diary with the Kotwali Police Station on behalf of the judges in connection with the threats, he added.

On December 8, the four judges the Court along with 22 of their colleagues received threats through SMS.

The anonymous message was in Bangla written in English fonts and sent from mobile phone number 01981611914 between 3:00pm and 7:00pm.

“You are the enemies of Islam. You are keeping the leaders and activists of Islam in detention instead of granting them bail. We have beaten up policemen; now we will cut your tendons and that of your family members. We will kill you. Be ready. Allahu Akbar,” reads the translation of the text.

The 22 judges include additional CMMs Md Ali Hossain, Shahriar Mohammad Adnan, Rezaul Karim, Ashiqur Rahman, Mustafizur Rahman, Ismail Hossain, and Tanvir Ahmed.

Preferring anonymity, one of the 26 judges said the members of Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir might have sent the message. “The language of the message indicates it has been sent by their men.”

However, Matiur Rahman Akanda, assistant publicity secretary of Jamaat central committee, outright rejected the allegation. “None of us has sent such massage as we do not believe in covert activities,” He said.

Several hundred Jamaat-Shibir members, including the top brass, are behind bars on charges of war crimes and various other offences.

Contacted, Additional CMM (1) Md Shahidul Islam Faruque said, “I have no idea who may have sent the message and why.”

Harun-ur-Rashid, deputy commissioner of Lalbagh division police, told this paper they were informed of the matter and have ensured the judges’ security.

Home Secretary CQK Mustaq Ahmed said, “If it is true, we have modern technologies to identify the man who have sent the message. Law enforcers and intelligence officials would take proper action.”

Meanwhile, a general diary was filed in connection with the threats, said Sub-Inspector Rokibul Haque of Kotwali Police Station.

The anonymous message was in Bangla written in English fonts and sent from mobile phone number 01981611914 between 3:00pm and 7:00pm.

“You are the enemies of Islam. You are keeping the leaders and activists of Islam in detention instead of granting them bail. We have beaten up policemen; now we will cut your tendons and that of your family members. We will kill you. Be ready. Allahu Akbar,” reads the translation of the text.

The 22 judges include additional CMMs Md Ali Hossain, Shahriar Mohammad Adnan, Rezaul Karim, Ashiqur Rahman, Mustafizur Rahman, Ismail Hossain, and Tanvir Ahmed.

Preferring anonymity, one of the 26 judges said the members of Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir might have sent the message. “The language of the message indicates it has been sent by their men.”

However, Matiur Rahman Akanda, assistant publicity secretary of Jamaat central committee, outright rejected the allegation. “None of us has sent such massage as we do not believe in covert activities,” He said.

Several hundred Jamaat-Shibir members, including the top brass, are behind bars on charges of war crimes and various other offences.

Contacted, Additional CMM (1) Md Shahidul Islam Faruque said, “I have no idea who may have sent the message and why.”

Harun-ur-Rashid, deputy commissioner of Lalbagh division police, told this paper they were informed of the matter and have ensured the judges’ security.

Home Secretary CQK Mustaq Ahmed said, “If it is true, we have modern technologies to identify the man who have sent the message. Law enforcers and intelligence officials would take proper action.”

Meanwhile, a general diary was filed in connection with the threats, said Sub-Inspector Rokibul Haque of Kotwali Police Station.

Source:The Daily Star

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