Sunday, 18 December 2011

20 bodies of secret killing victims recovered in 10 days; 500 BNP, Jamaat men under surveillance

Intelligence agencies have listed around 500 top-ranking local influential leaders of BNP and Jamaat across the country and have kept them under strict intelligence surveillance, police said.
They include presidents and general secretaries of ward, union, upazila and district BNP, Jamaat, Jubo Dal, Chhatra Dal and Chhatra Shibir.
A high official of police,preferring anonymity, told The New Nation yesterday that the Government had ordered the law enforcing agencies to be alert about the said leaders.

Executive Director of Ain OSalish Kendra (ASK) Sultana Kamal has voiced grave concern over the silentkillings and recovery of many unidentified bodies.    

Police said following the order of the Government each policestation across the country has prepared a list of names of Jamaat, ChhatraShibir, Jubo Dal and Chhatra Dal leaders at ward, union, upazila and districtlevels for taking action against them.
These leaders are capable ofcarrying out criminal activities and can deteriorate law and order in thecounty, the sources added.
Meanwhile, police recovered 20bodies in the last ten days amid allegations that some of them had been pickedup by plainclothes personnel creating concern among the rights groups about such disappearances and the subsequent killings.
The bodies, some of those decomposed, were all recovered from Munshiganj district, mostly from the Dhaleshwari river and a nearby water body. The bodies had their hands and legs tied and some had bullet marks on their foreheads, police and witnesses said.
Some families of the deceased said the dead disappeared amid witnesses' accounts that they were grabbed andwhisked in microbuses by plainclothes personnel.
Police yesterday recovered aJessore BNP leader's body from Gazipur's Salna area, over whose disappearance a general diary had earlier been filed in Dhaka.
The 45-year old Nazmul Alam,Jessore BNP finance secretary and also the chief of Jhikargachha Thana unit in the district, went missing Wednesday night on his way back to his residence in Dhanmondi from a wedding programme.
Another BNP leader filed a general diary with Mohammadpur police claiming that he was abducted.
"We found signs of balm being applied to his eyes and he was strangled to death. There was a towel wrapped around his neck," Gazipur's additional superintendent of police Mohammed Mizanur Rahman said on Thursday.
Locals contacted police when they found the body lying beside the Dhaka-Mymensingh highway in the morning. His relatives were informed through his cellular phone lying beside him.
His cousin 'Kallol' identified the body. He told journalists that even though Nazmul was an activist of Jessore BNP, he resided in Dhaka with his family as he had a business here.
"Nazmul came to mysister-in-law's wedding at Mirpur. He had sent his wife and children home before and started for his Dhanmondi residence in his own car around 11.30 pm.But he did not reach home."
Kallol added that Nazmul spoke for the last time on the phone with another Jessore BNP leader T H Ayub around11.45 pm. He told Ayub that he was being abducted. Ayub filed a general diary in the night.
"We are suspecting that them iscreants killed Nazmul somewhere else and left his body here sometime in the night. We have sent the body to Gazipur Sadar Hospital for autopsy," added the additional police super.
Elder brother of Nazmul's wife Mehedi Hasan said Nazmul lived with his wife and three sons at Dhanmondi and was an importer and exporter of agricultural goods.
Meantime, a union parishad level BNP leader of Companiganj upazila in Noakhali was hacked to death around the same time.
The victim has been identified as Abdul Wahab, 60, popularly known as Wahab Raja. He was vice president of Charkakra Union unit of BNP.
The victim's cousin Mobarak found Wahab's body in a garden near his house. He was slaughtered, relatives said.
On information Companiganj police recovered the body and sent it to Noakhali Medical College Hospital for postmortem.
The law enforcement agencies havedenied all allegations that they picked up those people.

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