Written By: TojveroulBangladesh
The current scenario of #Bangladesh is the pictorial representation of how a country without democracy can be. The illegitimate Awami League-led government has set up a realm of terror by curtailing freedom of speech, logging false cases, arresting the opponents, taking them on remand and murder as well as forced disappearance. The corpses of the political opponents are being found here and there. The state-sponsored targeted killing under the name of crossfire is increasing day by day. Sometimes in Satkhira, sometimes in Gaibandha and at times in Jhenaidah, innocent blood is being spilled. In some places, such killing has turned into genocide.
Countless mothers are being bereaved everyday:
Firstly the victims get arrested by policemen in white and a few days later, their corpses are being discovered someplace. This situation is a now a commonplace in Bangladesh. Mothers are being bereaved of their sons by the whimsical government who are real mad for power and these brutal murders are committed by their registered law enforcers almost everyday. The thirst of the oppressive government for blood is increasing day by day. People of different professions including university faculty, students, businessmen, service holders, theologians and the ordinary mortals in general fall prey to the killing mission of the government. According to different human rights reports, 193 or more have been killed extra-judicially only in the year 2015 and out of them, 143 were killed by the law enforcement agency personnel in the name of crossfire. Most of the victims belong to the Opposition parties. The question arising in everyone’s mind is that why such high rate of extra-judicial killing is in an independent and sovereign country like Bangladesh. How much more innocent blood is this heinous killing mission yet to spill? When will this genocidal brutality stop?
Jhenaidah: A place or record-breaking brutality
Mother came out hearing the agonizing cry of the son and saw him in handcuffs amid two persons on motor bikes who seized her son so tightly. Mother did not understand what was really happening but hugged her son. She asked the strangers- “Where are you taking my son?” and beseeched them to leave her son. But their heart did not melt by her appeal and they left with her son having introduced themselves as members of the law enforcement agency. Afterwards, the body of her son shot dead is found on last 12 April after long 26 days of tracelessness. Such incidents are happening on everyday basis in Jhenaidah.
27 people were abducted by people introducing as DB (Detective Branch) cops over last 2 to 3 years in Jhenaidah and out of those abducted, dead bodies of 24 are found. Most recently, corpses of four talented students named Hafez Jasim Uddin, Abu Zar Gifari, Shamim Mahmud and Mohiuddin Sohan. Three people with names Aiyub, Azad Hosen and Mofazzal Hosen are still traceless. Under such circumstances, the whole district has become a locality of extreme horror and foreboding. Many eyewitnesses are not willing to unfold the details of all these abductions and forced disappearances being apprehensive about the aftermath though all these nasty incidents are taking place in broad daylight. The government is not taking into account the outburst of protest and demonstration over these genocidal murders. No killers are yet brought to justice.
Post-arrest denial by cops and killing people by bereaving their mothers:
The latest few events of the sequential killings and enforced disappearances are the following-
- Hafez Jashim Uddin was taken to unknown places by personnel introducing as DB cops on 12 February 2016 and shot dead in the dead of night, on the 3rd March, after long 21 days of enforced disappearance.
- Abu Hurairah, a Madrasah teacher of Kutidurgapur in Jhenaidah, was arrested from his workplace by DB cops on 29th February 2016 and, after 36 days, his corpse was found beside the Chougacha road in Jessore.
- On last 18 March 2016, after Friday prayer, 4 personnel with Policemen’s identity snatched Abu Zar Gifari from the hold of his mother and he was shot to death on 12 April, after 26 days of enforced disappearance, at night.
- Likewise, Shamim Mahmud was shot dead at midnight on 12 April, 17 days after he was taken to unknown places by policemen on 25th March 2016.
- Soon after the murder of Abu Zar and Shamim, Another meritorious student named Mohiuddin Sohan was shot dead on 20th April 2016, 9 days after he was arrested by policemen on 10 Aril.
The surprising matter is that when inquired about the arrestees by their families, the concerned police personnel straightforwardly denied their arrest. Even no GD (General Diary) was filed in favor of the victims and even no rescue activities were launched to search for their whereabouts. Worries were triggered over post-arrest denial of detention by the Police and not producing the arrestees before the court of law. Statements of worries demanding the traces of the detainees were also issued by their families and those statements were published in different mass media. The families of the victims went to the law enforcement personnel and other high-ups but all these attempts were of no avail. Everything happened sequentially. Firstly the victims got arrested. Then they fell prey to enforced disappearance. Then the policemen denied their arrest and detention. Finally their bodies shot dead were discovered here and there.
Who are carrying out these genocidal atrocities?
All murders are identical. Eyewitnesses confirmed arrestors of College student Sohan as S.I. Nirob and A.S.I. Nasir. These things prove that the killings are premeditated and masterminded directly by the Police administration. But can the police department carry out such a genocidal plot independently of the governmental endorsements? Now it is clear as the daylight view that the Police are committing killings one after another in light of the government instructions. One day, the people currently at the helm must pay the price for every drop of blood they are spilling.
Urge to the conscientious countrymen:
The whole of Jhenaidah has turned into a realm of terror due to murders one after another. The people with different political ideas are being killed in the dead of night in the so-called shoot-outs only out of political envy and such killing is a sign of genocide and a clear violation of human rights. The government is not heeding the suo moto rule issued by the higher judiciary of the country to stop extra-judicial killings. We demand that this genocidal killing must stop without further delay and all the policemen killers of ashim Uddin, Abu Zar Gifari, Shamim Mahmud, Mohiuddin Sohan and all the other victims must be arrested following a proper probe and brought to book.
We call on all the intellectuals, human rights watchdogs, journalists and people of all spheres to project their voice against the criminal misdeeds of the current monstrous government. Moreover, we further urge all national and international human rights organizations including the United Nations to undertake necessary steps to stop genocidal killings in Bangladesh.
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