Nationwide Arrests of Chattra League and Jubo League Activists Possessing Bombs and Arms

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Leaders of Chattra league and Jubo league have been detained with petrol bombs and other firearms along with many miscreants in 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 with a foreign handgun, a round of bullets, and a magazine in Dagonbhuiyan Bazar area of Feni. Abul Kalam Azad, the office-in-charge of Feni police, detective branch 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 office-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 said that police freed both Jubo League leaders from the police station.

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 office-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 and others. Next morning high officials of the police including the office 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 from there. It has been accused that, right after the explosion, Awami and Chattra League leaders tried to remove all the evidence 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.

In a press release signed by the Laxmipur district Jamaat publicity secretary Mohsin Kobir Murad alleged that under the leadership of Chattra League no.4 ward municipality incharge Kamrul Hosssain, on the night of 1 January petrol bombs were hurled into public buses in front of Laxmipur Women’s College. Local Jubo League activist Picchi Rubel, Shamim, Masud and district law sector secretary Murad Hossain Joy and 10 to 12 others participated in the incident. 

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. But there are attempts to turn the matter otherwise. The father of one of the arrestees 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.

Meanwhile, three Chattra League activist were arrested by police from the central bus terminal of Paranduali city, Magura. Police confirmed that they were trying to set fire to the buses. They were arrested on 11 February at 7.45pm. Those arrested are district Chattra League religion related secretary Sajjad Molla (24), Chattra League activist limon (22) and Rana (19). Police recovered two bottles filled with petrol and matches from them.

Police informed that these three young men had tried to attack the running buses over the Dhaka-Khulna highway by throwing petrol and setting them alight. But police arrested them. Locals notified journalists that those arrested belong to the ruling party. Magura Police superintendent Jihadul Kobir confirmed the authenticity of the incident saying MUM brand water bottles filled with petrol and matches were recovered from them.

Magura assistant police superintendent, Shudirshon Rae, said Sajjad, Limon and Rana will be investigated. He stated their motive was to create violence. After the incident, district Chattra League general secretary Mir Mehdi stated he has heard about the news, mentioning the incident was tragic.

On 12 January, the ruling party Awami League arranged a program at the Suhrawardi field. Some incidents of cocktail bomb blasts occurred, injuring five activists of the party. After that, police raided the area, recovering four imported andguns, 86 rounds of bullets and some petrol bomb along with arresting five people. Among them were organizing secretary of Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA) Dr. Uttam Kumar Barua and two former Chattra League leaders. However, police stated that the arms were licensed.

They further said, BMA’s Organizing secretary Dr. Uttam Kumar Barua was arrested with one imported handgun and eight rounds of bullets. Later at around 4pm, during the program, former Chattra League leader Anwar Hossain was arrested with 14 rounds of bullets near the TSC area.
Mohammadpur Chattra Leagues former Leader Abu Sayem Shahin was arrested with imported arms and 39 rounds of bullet from Ramna Kalimondir Gate around 2.30pm. At the same time police arrested another former Chattra League leader Mohammad Jashim with 25 rounds of bullet. Those arms were licensed as per police statements.

On the same day, police recovered petrol bombs from the program venue at around 3pm in the afternoon. A Jubo League activist named Jahangir was arrested for keeping those bombs there. 
Shahbag police station in-charge Shirajul Islam confirmed the news saying, five people have been arrested with four handguns some bullets and one petrol bomb. He further said, if those arms are not registered properly, they will go for legal action.

Source: Amar Desh