Activists of students and youth wing of Awami League held with Bombs and Arms

Leaders of Chattra league and Jubo League, associates of ruling party Bangladesh Awami League, have been detained with petrol bombs and other firearms along with many miscreants at various places of the country including the capital Dhaka. A complaint has arisen that police are releasing them soon after being caught.

According to reports, Kaisar (25), a Chattra League leader has been arrested by police on Monday night in Dagonbhuiyan Bazar area of Feni possessing a foreign-made handgun, a round of bullets, and a magazine. Abul Kalam Azad, the Officer-in-charge of detective branch of Feni Police, confirmed the news to the media. Kaisar is the son of Kazem Ali. He is from Fazilpur village of the sub-district. He is a Chattra League leader of the ward no. 2 of the corporation. But the president of the sub-district Chattra league, Asif Hossen, claimed Kaisar is not one of them.

Two Jubo league leaders, named Manik and Babul, have also been arrested from Jogonnath Dighi area, Chouddogram subdistrict of Comilla with petrol bombs. They both are Jubo League leaders of that area. Locals said they had been arrested on 11th February, Wednesday at 11pm. The officer-in-charge of Chouddogram police station, Uttam Kumar Chakraborty, denied the report and said they found two abandoned petrol bombs on the road. But it has been claimed that police freed both the Jubo League leaders.

Wasim (29), a Jubo League leader has been arrested with a handgun on 16th February evening from Joypura College gate, Ramganj of Laxmipur. His father’s name is Md. Hossen. He is from Kalamcha village of the corporation. He is the Vice-President of the ward no.7 of the corporation. The Police said two local parties were arguing in front of Joypura College gate on Monday afternoon. At that time Wasim intimidated the opposition with a gun. Afterwards police detained him with the gun. The officer-in charge of Ramgonj police station, Lokman Hossen stated, he was arrested red-handed with the gun on the basis of secret information. But there was no bullet in it. A case has been filed against him under the arms act.

 

Moreover, four leaders and members of Chattra League were severely injured while making bombs on 11th February night in Rupganj Chhanab area of Narayanganj. Later on they were admitted to a local clinic and the Orthopedic Hospital. Among them, the condition of a leader named Rahmatullah is critical. Police stated, on 11th February midnight a loud bomb explosion took place in the jute warehouse of Lokman Hossen, an Awami League leader of Bhulta union. Four Chattra League leaders including Rahmatullah were injured in that incident. Afterwards locals rescued them and admitted them to the Orthopedic Hospital along with others. Next morning high officials of the police including the officer- in-charge of Rupganj police station went to visit the venue but found it locked. Then they broke into the house and seized a cache of evidence. They found ten machetes, several daggers and imported firearms there. It has been accused that, right after the explosion, Awami and Chattra League leaders tried to remove all the evidences from the venue. The general secretary of Rupganj Chattra League, Hafizur Rahman Sajib claimed to journalists that the injured people are not from Chattra League.

In Laxmipur, two people died in a recent arson attack on a CNG and a pickup van. Jamaat has published a list alleging Chattra League’s association with this incident. They have accused the local Chattra League for a late night petrol bomb attack, followed by capture and swift release by police.

Laxmipur Police superintendent Shah Mijan Shafiur Rahman told journalists that two of the boys who belong to Awami League associated families are not convicted of petrol bomb attacks but of wrecking vehicles. There are attempts to turn the matter otherwise. The father of one of the arresteds is associated to the ruling Awami League. However, Rahman alleged that while the father was from Awami League, the arrested son was from opposition student party, Shibir.

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