Section 144 in eight dists
Dhaka, Mar 1 (UNB) – Over 98,000 leaders and activists of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir have been sued in 15 districts in connection with Thursday’s violence.
At least 39 people were killed and many more injured in widespread hartal violence across the country following the verdict of the International Crimes Tribunal-1 against Jamaat leader Delwar Hossain Sayedee on Thursday.
Meanwhile, local administrations have imposed Section 144 in different areas of eight districts apparently to maintain the law and order following the widespread violence.
Four cases were filed against some 18,000 leaders and activists of Jamaat and Shibir on charges of attacking police in Chapainawabganj. Of the cases, three were filed with Sadar Police Station while another with Bholhat Police Station. Section 144 was imposed in all the five upazila headquarters of the district for an indefinite period on Thursday night.
In Dinajpur, police filed four cases against some 6,000 Jamaat-Shibir men with Sadar and Chirirbandar thanas. Police filed two cases against 80 named and 3,000 unnamed Jamaat-Shibir men with Sadar police station on charges of attacking cops and obstructing them from discharging their duties.
Besides, two other cases were filed against 60 identified and 3,000 unidentified Jamaat-Shibir activists with Chirirbandar Police Station for obstructing police from discharging their duties and vandalising shops at Ranibandar. Police arrested five people in this connection.
Section 144 was also clamped in Ranibandar of Chirirbandar upazila on Friday noon. Deputy commissioner Ahmad Shamim Al Raji said the administration imposed the ban apprehending subversive activities from the Jamaat-Shibir men. The emergency section will remain in force for an indefinite period from 12:30 pm today.
In Gaibandha, police filed two cases against some 10,000 activists of Jamaat and its student wing Shibir, including former MP Maulana Abdul Aziz, on charges of killing policemen, and attacking and vandalising Sundarganj Police Station. Sub-inspectors Abu Hanif and Mizanur Rahman filed the two cases with Sundarganj Police Station.
The administration has imposed the Section 144 in Sundarganj municipality area for an indefinite period to avert further trouble.
In Rajshahi, seven cases were filed against some 4,500 Jamaat-Shibir men with six police stations in the district in connection with Thursday’s violence. The cases were filed with Boalia, Rajpara, Matihar, Godagari Bagha and Charghat police stations.
Police on Thursday night sued 2,026 Jamaat-Shibir men for attacking police, beating them and snatching arms from them during Thursday’s hartal in Bogra. Officer-in-charge (investigation) Reaz Uddin said SI Saiful Islam filed the case with the police station against 26 named and 2,000 unnamed Jamaat-Shibir activists.
In Natore, two cases have been filed against 2,745 Jamaat-Shibir men in connection with Thursday’s violence in Kadimchilan Union under Lalpur upazila. Shahin, brother of Jubo League leader Khairul who was killed during the violence, filed a murder case accusing 160 Jamaat-Shibir activists with Lalpur Police Station.
On the other hand, police filed another case against 85 named and 2,000 unidentified activists of Jamaat and Shibir for attacking cops, torching vehicles and looting arms.
In Sirajganj, police on Thursday night filed a case against some 700 Jamaat-Shibir men in connection with violence at Chandidasgati Bazar that left two Shibir activists dead. SI Mostafizur Rahman filed the case with Sadar police station.
The administration on Friday imposed the Section 144 at Chandidasgati Bazar in Sadar upazila for an indefinite period.
In Laxmipur, police filed a case against 310 local activists of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami and its student front Islami Chhatra Shibir in connection with Thursday’s violence in Raipur upazila.
Shamsul Islam, sub-inspector of Raipur thana, filed the case against 10 identified and 300 unidentified Jamaat-Shibir men on Friday morning.
Police arrested 13 activists of Jamaat-Shibir from different parts of the district in connection with the incident.
In Comilla, two cases have been filed against 489 activists of Jamaat-Shibir in connection with Thursday’s violence. Police said two cases were filed against 89 identified and 400 unidentified Jamaat-Shibir activists under the Explosives Act with Kotwali thana on Thursday night.
Peria Union Parishad Chairman in Langolkot upazila and Comilla Naya Diganta district correspondent Shahidullah Niazi were among the accused. Police arrested 18 people from different parts of the district on Thursday night.
In Noakhali, two cases have been filed against some 3,500 Jamaat-Shibir men on charges of attacking cops, vandalism and arson attack. One of the cases was filed with Sudharam Model Police Station while another with Begumganj Police Station.
In Chittagong, eight cases were filed on Friday with making over 10,000 Jamaat-Shibir activists accused. Of the cases, two were filed against 2,300 activists of Jamaat and Shibir with Kotwali police while two others against 4000 with Lohagora, another against 4000-5000 with Satkania and the rest two against 8,500 with Sitakunda police stations.
Seven cases have been filed against some 17,000 Jamaat-Shibir men in Satkhira district. The administration on Friday clamped a ban on holding any gathering in the district town and Ashashuni upazila headquarters following a clash between Jamaat-Shibir activists and BGB members. The restriction will remain in force from 6.00am today till further notice.
In Cox’s Bazar, four cases have been filed against some 1100 Jamaat-Shibir men. The administration also clamped Section 144 in Chakaria municipality, and Pekua and Kutubdia upazila headquarters for an indefinite period.
In Rangpur, three cases were filed on Friday against 14,000 Jamaat-Shibir men with two police stations. Section 144 has also been imposed Mithapukur and Pirgachha upazilas which was supposed to remain in force from 6 am to 9 pm today.
Two cases were filed in Narayanganj where 50 people were made accused.
Besides, the administration imposed a ban on holding any gathering in all the six upazila headquarters of Kushtia. The restriction was to remain in force from 2 pm to 10 pm today.