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[Editor: Originally posted on March 3rd, 2013. Reposting, in light of recent events.]
An institution must remain completely neutral. The institutions of a state are bound to treat every human being equally – whether that person is from Jamaat, Shibir, or Chhatra League, whether they are poor or rich, atheist, Hindu or Muslim, it doesn’t matter. To quell those who went out to demonstrate against the verdict on Sayedee or went on an angry rampage by shooting them is not equal treatment.
I will not be as sensational, as dramatic and as much a pessimist to compare current day Bangladesh to Syria. Bangladesh is not Syria and I strongly believe Bangladesh will NOT become Syria or even Sri Lanka. Bangladsh will move on, leave these mess behind and keep on with life, a difficult life- but Bangladeshis are very much used to that life.
But, the way our government is behaving like giving up on rest of Bangladesh, even the second and third largest cities Chittagong and Rajshahi, the commercial capital and the capital of North Bengal respectively, only to somehow keep capital Dhaka isolated from opposition forces, I see an eerie similarity with Syrian Government hunkering down to safeguard its last remaining bastion, Damascus. Continue reading
Below are excerpts from discussion among AoD editors:
In general, since the violence started, police have been targets of direct violence in a way we did not see recently. Why? It’s counter-intuitive. Unless you are trying to goad the state machinery. Goad the police into killing more? Why? To have army come? Continue reading
Who needs Pakistan Army? BD Police Pepper Spray Shahid Minar.
Home Minister MK Alamgir on Friday said that international conventions approved the use of pepper spray and no body can argue over it.
The gruesome murder of TV journalist couple Sagar Sarwar and Meherun Runi will be considered, undoubtedly, as one of the most sensational crimes in history of Bangladesh. Since that gruesome death at their Raja Bazaar apartment ten months ago, Government’s role in investigation of the murder was very questionable if not suspicious. While PM made her now infamous comment “We can not guard every bedroom“, home Minister, Police Chief, Police high ups, and RAB’s blabbermouth Commander Sohail — all made promises to apprehend the criminals within the next 48 hours and then for some unclear reason backed off from the promises and remained silent.
So our new Home Minister took charge and declared that Sagar-Runi case may be unearthed by Oct 10. After the declaration he spent time doing this
Elected local Government leader, Upazilla Chairman Sanaullah Nur Babu was chopped to death in broad day light in front of rolling cameras. National TV broadcast the footage. But PM Hasina personally defended the killer and as a result the killer became the most powerful man in that locality.
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“Nearby, five youths were waiting, ominously. They were armed with steel pipes, bamboos and bricks. The aggressive youths on standby on the street, none of them beyond the ages of sixteen to eighteen, dragged one of the passengers out of the vehicle and on to the pavement. The passenger was soon being beaten with a thick steel pipe. As if that were not enough, he was also pounded with bricks.”
DAILY STAR: Crimes goes unchecked