[This] “death squad” was the BNP-Jamaat government’s gift to the nation, a gift that has been nurtured and defended by two successive governments [Caretaker Government 07-08, Awami League 09-14], each claiming to be vastly different to the previous one.
What immense power. Shoot, kill, no questions asked, that’s RAB’s modus operandi. A death squad. Period. Albeit, a highly vengeful one. As, also, are their apologists... Lonkay gele shobai Rabon hoy. The seat of power, makes everyone a demon.
From crossfire, to encounter, to cold-blooded murder. By members of the law-enforcement agencies. Accountable to none. Apparently carrying out government instructions to quell political opposition. Apparently hiring out their services, like mercenaries, to interested quarters who want their rivals finished off. Licence to abduct, to `disappear’ people, who are citizens of the state, are tax-payers.
Trayvon Martin and Limon Hossain: Innocence on Trial
by Tibra Ali for AlalODulal.org
I recently came across a chalked message on the sidewalk that summed up the media circus and the whole trial in one pithy remark: “Only in America does an innocent victim like Trayvon Martin have to stand trial for his own murder.” But the first thing that popped into my mind was how the “Only in America…” part is actually incorrect. In particular, I thought of the young Bangladeshi student Limon Hossain.
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