BNP-Jamaat nexus has changed its war strategy against the ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) after having suffered crushing defeat in conventional politics in the last election.
In a bid to tarnish the image of AL, they have resorted to waging clandestine attacks on innocent people. The incident of gang rape immediately after election in Subarnachar and the horrific murder of Nusrat bears testimony of their anti-people activities. The anti-liberation forces have tactfully infiltrated into the Awami League to malign the party’s good image and popularity both at home and abroad by carrying out atrocities on innocent women and minor girls.
Consequently, in recent times, the country witnessed quite a few monstrous and horrific acts— like gang-rape of a woman in Noakhali’s Subarnachar on the election-day and burning alive madrasa student Nusrat Jahan in Feni’s Sonagazi— which was executed in a planned way. This is not new because BNP-Jamaat has a long record of carrying out anti-people and anti-Awami League programmes,
many of which took lives of innocent people and inflicted untold pains and sufferings on the common people. It is very much clear that the BNP and its close ally Jamaat have firmly stood against the people. And because of their negative politics, the BNP–Jamaat has suffered a humiliating political defeat in the last election against the ruling Awami League.
They have embarked on a mission to tarnish the hard-earned image of Bangladesh Awami League under the able leadership of its President Sheikh Hasina. It is easily understandable that the BNP and Jamaat are not capable enough to be engaged in a fight against Awami League as its leader Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina with her charismatic leadership has helped the country’s economy witness a robust growth.
Therefore, finding no other way, they intruded in the ruling party with an evil design to defame the AL by doing atrocious anti-social activities. The brutal killing of Nusrat was one of their (BNP-Jamaat) heartless acts to stigmatise the ruling party. The main accused of Nusrat killing case Sonagazi Islamia Fazil (Degree) Madrasa Principal Siraj-ud-Daula’s was the ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami’s Sonagazi upazila unit. The madrasa was Jamaat-dominated from the beginning, but he and his supporters, including madrasa teachers, joined the Awami League after leaving Jamaat.
He even formed a Bangladesh Chhatra League unit at the madrasa with his students who were once involved with Islami Chhatra Shibir. His cohort Sonagazi Awami League’s President Ruhul Amin actually was a Jatiya Party leader who joined Awami League in 1997 and then went to Saudi Arabia. But on his return home in 2009 he kept a close link with local BNP leadership but managed to join Awami League in 2013 with the support of a faction of the ruling party.
In 2016, he became the acting upazila unit president of Awami League with the ‘blessings’ of Nizam Hazari MP and in 2018 became the Sonagazi Awami League president.
Amin sent his wife and two daughters to the United States and he visits them twice a year. Amin has three brothers and all of them were BNP activists. One is a member of the party’s USA chapter while the two others were active in the neighbourhood in Sonagazi.
Another incident on the midnight of the December 30 election-day has shaken the entire country when the mother of four was gang-raped allegedly for not voting for “boat”, the electoral symbol of the AL in Subarnachar of Noakhali. Ruhul Amin, the expelled publicity affairs secretary of Subarnachar Awami League, ordered his men to rape her on the night of the incident as she had voted for “sheaf of paddy”, the BNP's electoral symbol.
Afterwards, some 10 to 12 men carrying sticks stormed her home and raped her. They also tied up her husband, a CNG-run auto-rickshaw driver, and four children. Now it is high time the ruling party identifies the intruders and takes stern actions against them to stop recurrence of such atrocious incidents.