Wednesday, July 7, 2010

7 people were killed in 7 days

This 'Death Valley' is not my country!

By S. M. Anwar Hossain, 7 people died in 07 days. On an average, one people were killed in each day beyond the judicial system since July 1, 2010. The reason behind these killing is unknown and the perpetrators behind these extra judicial killings are the law enforcement agencies, notorious Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and the so called friend of the mass people of Bangladesh, by virtue of Polite, Obedient, Loyal, Intelligent, Courageous, and Efficient - POLICE.

A report published in the Daily Star dated on July 01, an alleged 'criminal' was killed in a 'shootout' between his cohorts and the law enforcers at Dr Azizul Haque College ground under Bhanga upazila of the district yesterday. It is not clear that how come a newspaper like Daily Star can write 'a Criminal was killed' until proven by the court. The deceased was identified as Emdad Fakir alias Emda, 32, of Nazirpur village under the upazila.
Transport worker Mujibur Rahman was found dead in the River Turag at Mollartek on July 02, Friday morning after being picked up by plainclothesmen on July 01, Thursday night. The plainclothesmen picked him up when he was going to buy a football for his seven-year-old son Iqbal. Before taking him away, they beat Mujibur and dipped him in the river in front of the child. Whole life this child will have to remember his father’s death.
A businessman, Mizanur Rahman, who was killed by the police. The police claimed businessman Mizanur Rahman was killed in ‘gunfight’ early Thursday but his wife Taslima Begum said the police had picked him on Tuesday morning and demanded money. As she failed to satisfy them, they shot him dead at night, she told reporters. Another person injured in the same time.
Auto-rickshaw driver Babul Gazi died allegedly from severe beating in the custody of the Ramna police.
The Daily New Age reports that two more people were killed by Rapid Action Battalion in ‘crossfire’ in Muladi upazila of the district early Monday taking the number of extrajudicial killings to 201 since January 2009. New Age report says that the deceased were identified as Maznu Khan, 45, and Kalam Sardar alias Kana Kalam, 40, of Sholaghar area under Muladi upazila of Barisal district. Captain Rakib Ahmed of RAB-8 claimed that Maznu Khan was the leader of an inter-district gang of robbers and had links to outlawed ultra-left groups and that Kana Kalam was his main associate.
While I was collecting information to write this report I found the latest news published by the Daily New Age, a boatman, suspected of leading a pirates’ gang, was killed by the Rapid Action Battalion in ‘crossfire’ at Janata Bazar of Hatiya in Noakhali early Tuesday. The deceased was Bashar Majhi, suspected of leading the pirates’ gang in Subarnachar and Hatiya, according to the Rapid Action Battalion. Tuesday’s incident took to 202 the number of people killed in incidents such as ‘crossfire’, ‘encounter’ or ‘gunfight’ across the country after January 6, 2009 when the Awami League-led government assumed office.
‘Shootout’, ‘Crossfire’, and ‘encounter’ all these words have the same meaning in context to Bangladesh. Like same licker in different bottle in different name. Taste of that licker is same as the meaning of these words are same – ‘Extra Judicial Killing’!
Officially Extra Judicial Killing was introduced in 2004 just after the formation of the Rapid Action Battalion named RAB by the Government of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP). Since then RAB recognize more than 633 extra judicial deaths by itself in the name of ‘Crossfire’, ‘Shootout’ or ‘Encounter’. RAB explains these events as self defense against terrorism.
During the interim caretaker government, the density of these events extra judicial killing rose and by the campaign of the media and human rights defenders this event was introduced as a para normal activity by the state. Peoples of Bangladesh raised their voice through media. Awami League declared in their election manifesto that it will stop the Extra Judicial Killing in Bangladesh. It will make a ‘Change’, as Mr. Obama, the President of the United States wanted to make a ‘Change’. Bangladesh Awami League wins the election and formed the government in January 2009.
Now the people of Bangladesh started to realize that it was a lie. Just a big lie! The total number of extra judicial killing is 202 since Awami League came to the chair in January 2009. We remember the election manifesto that was declared by the Bangladesh Awami League in December 2008. Nothing has changed! This 'death valley' is not my country! Despite many achievements, I feel sad to recognize 'this Bangladesh' as my motherland where I was born!

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