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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Militants threaten to "kill" Sheikh Hasina if associates not freed

Dhaka, 6 January : Islamic militants have threatened to kill Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and blow up a high-security jail in northeastern Chittagong city if their associates are not released from the prison within a month.
The jailer of the prison in Chittagong port city yesterday received a letter containing the threat, with its sender calling himself a member of the outlawed Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), the 'Daily Star' newspaper reported today.
"She (Hasina) survived this year's August 15 but she will not be alive in future as she will also be blown to smithereens," the letter said in an oblique reference to 15 August, 1975 when her father and the country's founder Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was assassinated along with most of his family members, according to the report.
The daily said the letter demanded that the militants lodged in Chittagong jail be freed in next one month.

Four die in tribal clashes in Assam-Meghalaya border
Subir Bhaumik, BBC News, Kolkata, 6 January : Four tribespeople have died in violence on the border of the north-eastern Indian states of Assam and Meghalaya.
Thousands of people have been displaced in the clashes between the Rabha and Garo tribes in the past 24 hours. An indefinite curfew has been imposed on the area since midnight, but tension remained high, police said. Trouble has been brewing in the Krishnai area since Rabhas and Garos clashed on Christmas Day after a fight at a marriage ceremony... READ FULL STORY