Police, Rab launch drive as outlaws threaten to ‘avenge’

Police and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) have started a special drive in the four districts on Monday night while all police stations and outposts in southwestern Chuadanga, Kushtia, Meherpur and Jhenidah districts have been alerted following threat by outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-ML).
On Saturday, PBCP-ML set posters and distributed leaflets in Chuadanga, vowing to ‘avenge the killing’ of the outfit’s founder Mofakhkhar Hossain alias Mahmud Hasan.
Mofakhkhar, a top outlawed political think-tank, was killed in ‘crossfire’ with Rab on December 17, 2004 in Kushtia.
Chuadanga police filed a case against four people including Chuadanga Pouro BNP president, also former Chuadanga municipality chairman Ohidul Islam Biswas, for their alleged involvement with the PBCP’s ‘avenge campaign’.
The others included in the case are top PBCP leader Jamal Uddin, BNP activist Akram Kazi and Iqbal Hossain.
Iqbal was arrested on Saturday night when he was pasting posters and distributing leaflets in different areas of Chuadanga town. Police also recovered 41 posters from his possession.
During interrogation by police, Iqbal, an MLSS of Chuadanga district cooperative office, admitted his involvement with PBCP and gave important information about the outfit’s recent ‘Action Plan’ for subversive activities before the Eid.
Sources said PBCP’s ‘Action Plan’ includes killing of ‘social enemies’ and bombing in different areas of Khulna Division.
Iqbal also named BNP leader Ohidul Islam Biswas and PBCP leader Jamal Uddin as his instructors to paste postures and distribute leaflets.
Ohidul Biswas, brother of former BNL lawmaker from Chuadanga-2 (Alamdanga), left the district on January 20 this year, police said.
Ohidul, one of the Chuadanga district political leaders who are on the list of ‘patrons of criminals’ made by law enforcement agencies in 2004, is also a close aid of detained outlawed party leader Sirajul Islam alias Koshai Siraj, sources said.
An inter-district drive to nab the criminals have already launched, Kushtia Superintendent of Police Mosleh Uddin Ahmed said.
“None will be spared if proved to be involved with acting against the law and order,” Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of police of Khulna M Asaduzzaman told this correspondent over phone yesterday.
A total of 462 crossfire killings took place in ten districts of southwestern region since the start of the ‘extra judicial killings’ in June 2004. Of them around 200 were men from outlawed PBCP-ML and their faction Janajuddho.
Meanwhile, all types of crimes recently marked decline in ten southwestern districts — Meherpur, Bagerhat, Magura, Kushtia, Chuadanga, Jhenidah, Narail, Jessore, Khulna and Satkhira, according to law enforcement agencies and newspaper reports.
In November, 14 people were murdered in the ten districts while at least 40 murders took place in October and 43 in September. Four murders took place in the region during the first 16 days of this month.
Crimes like abduction, robbery, bombing, mugging and rape also declined.
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