British-Bangladeshi student murdered in front of mother in London

British-Bangladeshi student murdered in front of mother in London

Syed Jamanoor Islam, a British-Bangladeshi student, was described as a very well-behaved and decent boy.Metropolitan Police

The attackers brutally beat Syed Jamanoor Islam with a baseball bat and then stabbed him several times

A 20-year-old British-Bangladeshi student was stabbed to death in front of his mother near his East London home on Tuesday.

Syed Jamanoor Islam was attacked by a group of men in Wager Street, near Mile End, at around 4:45pm (local time) on Tuesday, reports the Evening Standard.

His parents are from Sylhet, a spokesperson for the Bangla Nation TV, which posted a video of the aftermath of Syed’s stabbing on its Facebook page, told the Dhaka Tribune over phone on Thursday.

Police said they believed the victim was with friends in Wager Street when he was stabbed following an altercation.

The attackers brutally beat Syed with a baseball bat and then stabbed him several times. His friends managed to flee.

A witness said Syed’s mother was at the spot, too. His family said he was in ‘the wrong place at the wrong time’.

A friend of the victim described him to the Dhaka Tribune as a “very well-behaved and decent boy always involved in community things.”

London police said Syed was rushed to an east London hospital where he was pronounced dead just after 5:30pm (local time) on Tuesday.

A post-mortem examination is scheduled to take place on Thursday.

Police say they have arrested an 18-year-old man on suspicion of murder on Wednesday.

A video posted on Facebook by Bangla Nation TV shows family members and neighbours desperately trying to save Sayed as he lay beside a car after being stabbed.

One of Sayed’s acquaintances told the Dhaka Tribune that Syed had two brothers and a sister. “He was a family boy.”

A spokesman for Tower Hamlets College said Syed, a young man with “much potential”, had studied Level 3 BTEC Business at the college and left in 2015.

Tower Hamlets Mayor John Biggs in a tweet on Wednesday said he was extremely saddened by the incident and had met the victim’s family.

He tweeted: “Dealing with knife crime is a clear priority for our borough and one I know the police and Mayor of London take very seriously.”

London police have opened an investigation into the Mile End murder. Detective Chief Inspector Tony Lynes, leading the investigation, urged people with information about the incident to contact police.

“We are keen to speak to anyone who was in the area at that time and might have seen what happened or who has any information about the circumstances,” the police said in a statement.

Source: Dhaka Tribune


  1. British schools are not doing enough to tackle racism and promote race relations. Many teachers are unaware of racist attitudes amongst pupils. Schools have a responsibility not only to deal with racist incidents but also to prepare pupils for life in a multicultural and multiracial society.

    Children from minority groups, especially the Muslims, are exposed to the pressure of racism, multiculturalism and bullying. They suffer academically, culturally and linguistically: a high proportion of children of Pakistani and Bangladeshi origin are leaving British schools with low grades or no qualification.

    Stop treating foreigners like garbage and they will stop ruining your precious country. Why did you let them in in the first place if you didn’t want them here? They left everything in their countries because of your promises. Are you so anxious to please that you can’t say “no”? I would love to see you go to a foreign land where you don’t have any friends, you don’t even know anyone and you don’t speak the language, and start from scratch. I would just LOVE to watch you do that. Let them integrate and stop segregating them. What I want is people being nice to each other. I don’t care about race.

    The problems of racism in the school system and wider society are permanent features of Western society and will become more entrenched and institutionalised. On this basis it is time to build a new kind of education, which can equip students with the necessary instrumental skills to participate in society; that does not prejudice experience of Muslim young people; and one that critically engages with the endemic racism present in British society. Developing an education from a Muslim critical perspective can be a part of mounting a significant challenge to the racism that lies at the heart of British society.

    Speaking English does not promote integration into British, American and Australian societies, and broaden opportunities. English speaking Muslim youths are angry, frustrated and extremist, thanks to state schools with monolingual non-Muslim teachers and English language. English language is not only a lingua franca but also lingua frankensteinia. Human right are also covers linguistic right. Cultural and linguistic genocide are very common. British schooling is murdering community languages like Arabic, Urdu and others. English is today the world killer language. Linguistic genocide is a crime against humanity and British schooling is guilty of committing this crime. Language is not just a language. It defines one’s culture, identity and consciousness. It defines how we think, communicate and express ourselves. The fact is the most South Asian Muslims have come to know Islam by way of Urdu, the children’s alienation from the language that connects them the heritage of their parents and grandparents is disturbing. As a matter of fact, one has to get to know his mother tongue well if one is to master any other language.

    Bilingual Muslims children have a right, as much as any other faith group, to be taught their culture, languages and faith alongside a mainstream curriculum. More faith schools will be opened under sweeping reforms of the education system in England. There is a dire need for the growth of state funded Muslim schools to meet the growing needs and demands of the Muslim parents and children. Now the time has come that parents and community should take over the running of their local schools. Parent-run schools will give the diversity, the choice and the competition that the wealthy have in the private sector.

    There are hundreds of state primary and secondary schools where Muslim pupils are in majority. In my opinion all such schools may be opted out to become Muslim Academies. This mean the Muslim children will get a decent education. Muslim schools turned out balanced citizens, more tolerant of others and less likely to succumb to criminality or extremism. Muslim schools give young people confidence in who they are and an understanding of Islam’s teaching of tolerance and respect which prepares them for a positive and fulfilling role in society.

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