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Abrar's barbaric killing should unite us against social demons

It has been an open secret for a long time that the Juba League and Chhatra League have become the root cause of many crimes in the country including killing and raping and amassing huge black money in an illegal way
Abdul Gaffar choudhury
Abrar's barbaric killing should unite us against social demons

I passed more than two months in the hospital. Last time I went to hospital for the treatment of pneumonia.

But this time I went with various life threatening diseases. Nearing the age of 90, I myself did not expect I will come out of the hospital alive and would again start writing my column. But anyhow I got another lease of life and a chance to continue it for as long as my health permits. Lying in the bed at the hospital I was not ignorant about the happenings in Bangladesh because so many friends of mine visited me in my hospital and told me about the happenings there.  Our minister of cultural affairs K. M. Khaled and the deputy cultural secretary, our High Commissioner, Deputy High Commissioner and the newly appointed Press minister kindly visited me several times and kept me informed about the affairs of my country. So the recent happenings under Sheikh Hasina's direction, the purification campaign in her own and associate parties was a great welcome news to me. This proved Sheikh Hasina has the courage to fight enemy outside and enemy within.
It has been an open secret for a long time that the Jubo League and Chhatra League have become the root cause of many crimes in the country including killing and raping and amassing huge black money in an illegal way. Sheikh Hasina this time struck at her own base. It proves her courage but it is also a very dangerous step. Bangabandhu in the last stage of his reign took the bold step against his own corrupted party men, leaders and associates whom he described as 'chatar dal' (those who looted everything). Just after the crackdown these Trojan horses joined the conspiracy of Khandaker Mostaq and Ziaur Rahman and the great tragedy of the 15th August happened. After 44 years I am really fearful for Sheikh Hasina lying in the bed of a London hospital.

She strengthened her friendship with the world leaders and also earned great popularity among her people. But the Trojan horses who infiltrated in vast numbers in Awami League and its associate organizations like Chhatra League and Jubo league who are now going to be exposed. They will not take it easily. My fear is that they will join hands with the political conspirators and try to repeat the history of 15th August. In this crucial time the real workers and leaders of Awami League should unite and be aware of this dangerous situation. They should take lessons from the past and take all precautions to confront this situation and foil the conspiracy which is not visible now. It is not the time for celebration but to be more determined to defeat these criminals for good. Otherwise, they will strike again violently like a wounded snake. This is the start of a final battle for Sheikh Hasina. If she could purge her party and the associate parties and get rid of these hybrids successfully then she could get the credit for succeeding in the second revolution initiated by her father. I pray for her safety and success with my heart and soul.

Lying in the hospital the news that shocked me most was the brutal killing of Abrar Fahad, a 21 year old meritorious student of BUET (Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology). This killing proves the politics of killing has not ended in Bangladesh, though political terrorism has almost successfully been crushed by Bangladesh police and RAB. It brought back political stability in Bangladesh, which is now again threatened by this trend of killing. Unfortunately, the majority crimes are allegedly committed by Chhatra League and Jubo league and the killing of the BUET student was allegedly done by the Chhatra league supporters, who are also meritorious students. Akash, who is also a meritorious student, is one of the accused. I read the statements of the leader of Chhatra League BUET branch. He could not clarify his party's position in this incident, but only uttered some rhetoric. He could not convince me and I suspect not the people of Bangladesh either.

Only a few months ago the central Chhatra League was reorganized by Sheikh Hasina herself. But within a few months she had to remove the new president and secretary both from their posts on various allegations. It is better to reorganize Chhatra League with totally honest workers and leaders who are committed to the principles of Bangabandhu. If they are not found easily I will audaciously put forward my suggestion, that both Chhatra League and Jubo league should be suspended for one or two years to reorganise it from the grassroots. Though I am far away but I could not remain silent about the barbaric killing of Abrar. I also gave my signature to the joint statement with the prominent citizens of the country against this killing demanding the highest penalty for those killers. After Abrar's killing there was an attempt to put stamp on him as a Jamaat supporter. It was proved that he was not. His Facebook status did not prove anything or any political motive. So why was he killed so brutally? Differences in political or other opinion cannot cause this brutality. Was it the result of the personal grievances of anybody or a group? Police should investigate these questions and the real culprits should be sent to trials for the punishment of their crimes.

There is another game centering this brutal murder. BNP and the half dead unity front tried to take advantage of the situation. Now they have no issue against the government. So they want to politicize this killing and make it a political capital. This will not solve the problem or stop further killings. Now there are so many killings by the drug syndicates patronised by men in power. Recently a college student was killed in Barguna and the local police arrested the wife of the victim and tortured her to make a false statement incriminating her. In Feni, after the killing of Nusrat the local OC wanted to help the criminals. He was suspended and is currently under trial. In present Bangladesh killing with political motive is now rare, but killing by the drug syndicate are on the rise. Government has at last, declared war against this. Against the syndicate there first step was a crackdown on the casinos. After the Casinos government should continue an all-out war against these drug Moghuls, the majority of whom might belong to the party in power. Sheikh Hasina should not show any leniency towards them.

In Britain knife crime has become an epidemic now. The British newspapers admitted that this is the second most dangerous time in the history of Britain after the Second World War. Police could not control this crime. It is increasing day by day. In Britain it has been proved that the majority of knife crimes are associated with the internal quarrelling of various drug syndicates. They use teenagers as sellers of their drugs and there is always quarrel among these teenagers and they knife each other. No political party blames the government for this knife crime but they are unitedly trying to devise ways and means to fight this social demon. In Bangladesh our political parties, social and educational institutions should unite and make a plan to free our teenagers from the influence of the drug kings and government should make an all-out efforts to root out these social evils from our country. By blaming each other, the government and the opposition will not bring any solution to the crisis. Abrar's sacrifice should not go in vain. Government should be honest and active to punish his killers along with other criminals. Otherwise, our political stability and economic development will not last.

London, Thursday 10 October, 2019

 

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