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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Bangladesh hangs killers of Bangabandhu Sk Mujibur Rahman

People welcome news of execution
Dhaka, 28 January : People of Bangladesh took out processions in the early hours of Thursday at the welcome news of execution of five killers of founding father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Dhaka's news correspondents say they saw slogan-shouting people celebrating in Old Dhaka and Dhanmondi, Dhaka University campus and Mirpur. Hundreds of people were out on the streets throughout the capital as well as on rooftops near the jail. Students gathered in front of some halls of Dhaka University. Over a hundred others, flashing victory signs and chanting slogans, brought out a rally from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Hall. Photo : Firoz Ahmed
Bangabandhu's assassins hanged
Dhaka, 28 January : Bangladesh has hanged the five ex-Army officers, convicted for assassinating the country's founder Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, almost 35 years after he was killed in a military coup.
The five death row convicts were hanged past midnight (local time), hours after the Supreme Court rejected their review plea, jail officials said. Ex-Lieutenant Colonel Mohiuddin Ahmed (artillery) and ex-Major Bazlul Huda were hanged first as the execution process started late last night while ex-Lieutenant Colonel Syed Faruq Rahman was the third to be executed minutes later. Ex-lieutenant colonels Shahriar Rashid Khan and AKM Mohiuddin Ahmed (lancer) were the last to walk to the gallows.
The entire execution process took just 40 minutes to be completed, though it took 35 years to bring the putsch leaders to justice for the 15 August, 1975 assassination of the fomer president along with most of his family members. Bangabandhu was killed along with his wife and three sons, including 10-year-old Russel. His daughters, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her younger sister Sheikh Rehana, survived the carnage as they were abroad at the time of the incident.
The five convicts walked to the gallows after a trial that dragged on for 13 years but six others condemned were still on the run to evade trial even as Bangladesh launched a diplomatic campaign engaging the Interpol to bring them back home. Photos : AP, Reuters

Bangladesh JS offers special prayer, Adjourns until 2 Feb
Dhaka, 28 January : Bangladesh Parliament offered a special prayer of thanksgiving on Thursday for the execution of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's killers, before adjourning until 2 February.
Speaker Abdul Hamid suspended all scheduled business of the day and suspended the session in memory of the country's independence leader and his slain family members. Awami League MP Abdul Awal Saidur Rahman administered the munajat. Prime minister Sheikh Hasina, one of Mujib's two surviving daughters, was present in parliament.

New Coast Guard station commissioned in Little Andaman
PTI, Port Blair, 28 January : Lieutenant Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Bhupinder Singh today lauded the Coast Guard for playing an important role in ensuring the security of maritime zones in and around the islands.
Unveiling a plaque at the commissioning of a new Coast Guard station at Hutbay in Little Andaman, Singh in his speech congratulated Vice-Admiral D K Joshi, commander-in-chief Andaman and Nicobar Command for his contribution. Speaking on the occasion, Joshi highlighted the vulnerability of these islands due to its geographical separation from the mainland and the political, economic and strategic development in the Indian Ocean region.
Setting up of a Coast Guard station at Hutbay will also facilitate effective sea control, he said. File Photo : Ministry of Defence

Journalist detained for cursing at PM Sheikh Hasina
UNB, Rajshahi, 28 January : Police detained a newsman on Thursday for cursing at the prime minister over the executions of five jailed convicts for the murder of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Md Humayun Kabir, Rajshahi bureau chief of the daily Khabar Patra, was heard using abusive language against the prime minister while reading about the executions in the morning, police said. Kabir was picked up from the Rajshahi University's public relations office, Motihar police chief Tofazzal Hossain told reporters.
Trinamool Cong demands immediate ouster of Buddhadeb
PTI, Kolkata, 28 January : With the Trinamool Congress having announced total 'non-cooperation' with West Bengal government, it today demanded the removal of Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and fresh assembly elections in the state.
The demand was made by a party's delegation led by Leader of the Opposition Partha Chatterjee to newly appointed Governor M K Narayanan here. "Elections in the state should be held immediately after removing Bhattacharjee," Chatterjee said following the meeting with the governor. He alleged that the CPI(M)-backed goons were attacking people opposed to the Marxist party at places like Salboni, Goaltore in West Midnapore district to gain political footing. He claimed that the bloodshed could not have taken place without the knowledge of the chief minister.
The TMC leader said party supremo Mamata Banerjee had taken up the issue with the central government. File Cartoon, Courtesy The Telegraph

Seven suspected Maoists arrested, one body found
Kolkata, 28 January : Seven suspected Maoist were arrested while the body of one Maoist killed in police firing was discovered in West Midnapore Wednesday, police said.
West Midnapore Superintendent of Police Manoj Verma said the joint forces raided two hideouts of the Left wing extremists, arresting two from Talpukur in Belpahari and five others from Madhupur in Salboni area. A large cache of firearms, ammunition, improvised explosive devices and traditional weapons were recovered from the two spots, he said.
The body of a suspected Maoist was found from Talpukur. "It seems he died in a police shootout," a police source said.
Bird flu spreads to more areas in Murshidabad dist.
IANS, New Delhi, 28 January : While culling continued in bird-flu hit West Bengal, new epicentres have emerged since the government confirmed the virus 14 January, health authorities said here. Nearly 125,751 birds have been culled in the state, authorities said.
Officials also said the avian influenza is spreading to new areas. The government notified the outbreak in Hazrabati and Nagar villages in block Khargram of district Murshidabad 14 Jan and since then more epicentres - Haripur, Ninur, Pathai, Jhajra and Sankarpur - have surfaced in the same block, officials added.

Wriddhiman Saha named in India's Test squad against SA
PTI, Mumbai, 28 January : Ravaged by injuries to key players, India on Thursday infused fresh blood into its Test squad by naming Karnataka pacer Abhimanyu Mithun and West Bengal wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha for the first Test against South Africa beginning in Nagpur on 6 February.
Apart from Mithun and Saha's inclusion, there were no other suprises in the squad announced by BCCI secretary N Srinivasan after a meeting of the selection committee. Dravid, who sustained a face injury in the second Test against Bangladesh, has been advised rest for three weeks while Yuvraj Singh has also been ruled out of the Test series due to an injury to his left wrist.
The South Africans will play two Tests - Nagpur (6-10 February) and Kolkata (14-18 February) and three One-dayers in Jaipur, Kanpur and Ahmedabad during their tour of India.

Mohanti's 'AGP' hints at snapping pre-poll ties with 'BJP'
IANS, Guwahati, 28 January : Former Assam chief minister and Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) founder Prafulla Kumar Mahanti has indicated discontinuing the pre-poll understanding with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
"We must maintain our secular image and also our regional character. We must understand the desire of the people of Assam in so far as political alignments or re-alignments (are concerned)," Mahanta told IANS. The AGP-BJP alliance suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of the Congress party during the 2001 assembly elections and also in the 2009 parliamentary polls with the AGP winning just one seat and the BJP in four of the 14 seats in Assam.

Specialised coastal commando force for West Bengal
Kolkata, 28 January : The WB state government is setting up a specialised coastal commando force, one of the very few such police units in the country. The first batch of 120 hand-picked policemen has just returned after quietly training with the elite Marine Commandos of the Indian Navy.
Writers' Buildings is yet to officially christen this elite force, but their area of operation has more or less been laid out West Bengal's coastline and the tough-to-guard riverine areas. It is an indication of the heightened threat perception in West Bengal after the Mumbai 26/11 attack. The state government has been so secretive about this force that no one got wind of a recent visit by a high-level Marcos team to the SAP barracks.
The recruits for the gruelling training course were picked from the State Armed Police (SAP). "The first batch of four teams (30 each) has been training under the Marcos at Vizag since September last year" a senior official at Writers' said. They have been trained in boarding a suspect or hostile craft and neutralising threats.


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