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Jamaat, terrors active again

Published : 17 Feb 2022 09:46 PM

Jamaat-e-Islami and all the terrorist groups have got united to sabotage and foil the next general elections with a view to unseating the popular ruling pro-people and democratic Awami League-led government.

Intelligences in the meantime have warned the government high ups against terror acts and urged them to take hardline against war crime scandal-hit Jamaat-e-Islami as the party has secretly started its activities as part of its preparation ahead of the next parliamentary elections likely to be held  after two years.

According to political sources, the ultra- right wing Islamist political party is taking all- out preparation to participate in the national polls, without joining any political alliance.

The policy- maker of the radical party is holding series of clandestine  meeting at secret places across the country.

Secret committees have also been formed in 64 districts. Party high- ups have already begun to activate the leaders and workers. 

According to intelligence sources, the women wing of Jamaat held secret meetings at two houses in Dhanmondi and Mohammadpur areas  recently. The meeting discussed in details about the upcoming elections.

According to the intelligence report, Jamaat is moving ahead with an election-centric plan. The report apprehends that if stern action is not taken against Jamaat leaders and activists, there will be problems in  coming days.

In the last week of January, a special message was sent from the police headquarters to all range offices, police superintendents and unit chiefs to keep the party's affiliates, including Jamaat and Chhatra Shibir under constant surveillance, a senior police official said. 

The senior police official said they received information that Jamaat leaders and activists were holding secret meetings across the country. The party is engaged in anti-state activities. They are trying to get organized for the upcoming parliamentary elections.

The leaders and workers of the party have hided themselves in different parts of the country. Government high- ups have already instructed law enforcers to keep watch on them. 

The police officer said that Jamaat leaders and activists who are residing abroad, are tarnishing the image of the country by spreading various anti-state propaganda. They are also active on social media. Necessary action would be taken to prevent them from spreading such activities.

High Court earlier had ordered the authorities concerned to cancel the registration of Jamaat as a political party following a writ petition.

According to sources, the police have collected information about the secret committees formed in the districts. The SPs of the districts have sent the list of the leaders to the police headquarters. The list was later sent to the government's high command through the home ministry. 

Moreover, a special unit of the police had also prepared a report on the activities of Jamaat across the country including capital Dhaka recently. The report was also sent to the government. 

According to the report, the districts where Jamaat formed secret committees are --- 13 in Nilphamari, 32 in Chittagong, 18 in Brahmanbaria, 12 in Feni, 19 in Laxmipur, 22 in Cumilla, 11 in Chandpur, 28 in Cox's Bazar, 22 in Noakhali, 20 in Manikganj and 22 in Mymensingh. Fourteen in Sherpur, 18 in Jamalpur, 28 Tangail, 6 in Naogaon, 23 in Pabna, 13 in Sirajganj, 12 in Bogura, 18 in Rajshahi, 14 in Natore, 13 in Joypurhat, 22 in Chapainawabganj, 18 in Khulna, 28 in Jessore, 19 in Jhenaidah, 9 in Narail, 30 in Kushtia and 19 in Satkhira.  

There are 23 committees in Habiganj and 9 in Sunamganj. There are several cases including sabotage in different police stations of the country against the leaders of the committees. 

SPs of several districts on condition of anonymity told Bangladesh Post on Wednesday that Jamaat was trying to be organized by dodging police eyes. But police are now getting regular information about their meetings.

Top leaders of Jamaat Matiur Rahman Nizami, Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid, Mohammad Kamaruzzaman, Abdul Quader Mollah and Mir Kashem Ali were hanged for crimes against humanity during the War of Liberation in 1971.