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Jamaat, Shibir radicalising cadres for revenge

Published : 14 Dec 2022 10:13 PM

Jamaat and its  extreme right wing student outfit Islami Chhatra Shibir have become active in the victory month of December.

Jammat policymakers are also allegedly  radicalizing the leaders and activists of Islami Chhatra Shibir for revenge against the government and law enforcers, intelligence agencies revealed.

Considering the reports, law enforcing agencies have been instructed to enhance strict on the war crime scandal hit Jammat-Shibir leaders and activists to avoid any untoward situation in the coming days of December.

Intelligence agencies are restlessly working so that people can celebrate National Victory Day on December 16, Christmas, the biggest event of the country’s Christian community on December 25, and New Year’s Eve (31st night).

Police will also take additional security measures  on the Awami  League’s national convention, which is scheduled to be held on December 24 in the capital Dhaka.

According to the leading political analysts, Jamaat was  also strengthening its organizational  capabilities till December. It was keeping strategic distance from its key-ally BNP according to law enforcing agencies. But it was secretly maintaining very close relations with BNP policy makers for a long time.

Political observers said that Jamaat did not suddenly announce to extend support to BNP’s further course of anti-government movement in the name of its 10-point demand.

BNP prepared its 10—point demand following a series of secret dialogue with its tested key-ally Jamaat.

Political insiders said both BNP and Jamaat very probably reached an  unofficial political agreement with the direct  supervision of fugitive BNP acting chairman  Tareque Rahman, who is in self exile and was convicted in several criminal cases.

Following the political agreement, Jamaat started joining hands with BNP’s intensified anti-government movement.

A central leader of BNP on condition of anonymity told Bangladesh Post that Jamaat had ordered its grass root level leaders and activists to participate in all the divisional meetings of BNP. As per instruction of the Jamaat high ups, Jamaat-Shibir activists had  joined in the BNP rallies. 

The BNP leaders said the number of Jamaat-Shibr men was actually  higher than BNP activists.

A top anti-militant author, who monitors militant activities  in the country said, Jamaat is working in two separate lines together. They are involved in open political activities . At the same time , they are gearing up their ties with some top militant leaders.  After the Holey Artisan terrorist attack, law enforcing agencies destroyed the terror financing networks through conducting special anti-militant drives across the country.

Most of the banned terrorist outfit were facing   huge financial crisis. Due to their local and domestic fund shortage, their militant activities were rapidly slowing down. Getting this chance, Jamaat-Shibir came forward with their support for the terrorist outfits.

Jamaat-Shibir high command also decided to patronize the new terrorist organization. As per the party’s decision, Jamaat-Shibir caders started leaving their homes to get military training. 

Jamaat-Shibir high ups were also secretly facilitating militant recruiting and military training in the remote Chattogram Hill Tracts(CHT) areas  in collaboration with local insurgent groups and Myanmar based separatist groups.

Police nabbed six Jamaat-Shibir people from different parts of the  Rajshahi city on charge of resorting to attack on the on-duty police here on Tuesday.

Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said the defeated forces of 1971 are still hatching conspiracy against the country and urged the pro-liberation forces to get united to resist the conspiracy.

 The defeated forces of 1971 are planning to take revenge , he added.         

 Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime unit of police on early Tuesday  arrested Jamaat Ameer Dr Shafiqur Rahman for his direct link  militancy.

 CTTC chief Additional Police Commissioner of DMP  Md Asaduzzaman also said Shafiqur was involved  in the newly formed militant outfit named Jama'atul Ansar Fil Hindal Sharqiya. His son Dr Rafat Chowdhury, currently in jail, travelled to the hill tracts with 11 others to receive training on arms from Kuki-Chin National Front and Shafiqur paid for the trip.

According to the CTTC boss, Rafat and his associates held meetings at Shafiqur's house in Sylhet and conducted recruitment activities for the militant outfit.

Police arrested Rafat and one of his associates  from Sylhet last month. Before that, Rafat's three other associates, who left home for hijrat, were arrested in the capital's Jatrabari area on November 1.

Rafat and the four other arrestees admitted that they were involved in Chhatra Shibir when they were students.

CTTC chief Asaduzzaman said that before joining the new outfit Jama'atul Ansar Fil Hindal Sharqiya, Rafat was an active member of Al-Qaeda-inspired militant outfit Ansar Al Islam.

Rafat was the first among those who left home for hijrat in Sylhet region. Rafat and 11 others went to a training camp in Bandarban, but he returned after failing to contact the top leaders of the new militant outfit and KNF.

Rafat returned from Bandarban after taking permission from his father.

Intending to dodge the law enforcers, Shafiqur brought them back in two microbuses -- one came to Dhaka and the other to Sylhet.

Asaduzzaman said, the new militant outfit may have a mutual understanding with the Jamaat or may cooperate fully with Jamaat.

A top leader of the outfit during interrogation revealed that the outfit had Jamaat's support, he added.