Outgoing year sees spate of crimes in Khulna div 29 political activists among 446 killed

KHULNA : The year 2013 which has just made exit saw an alarming surge in different forms of crime, including killing, in 10 districts of Khulna division, reports UNB.
The situation makes a clear manifestation of an awful deterioration of law and order in the south-western region.
Besides killing, crimes that were committed in the districts include bombing, extortion, abduction, repression on women and children, rape and other terrorist activities.
People of the region are now passing days amid anxiety due to rise in the criminal activities.
A total of 446 people, including 29 activists of different parties, including Awami League, BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami, were killed in the 10 districts last year, according to reliable sources.
Clandestine attacks by armed criminals and terrorists, political rivalries, attacks by rival groups and torture and firing by law enforcers led to these deaths.
There was also a remarkable number of deaths in political violence in the last month of the year when the 18-party opposition enforced back-to-back agitation programmes, including hartal and blockade.
Sources at the office of the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Khulna range, said of the killings, 51 were reported in January, 37 in February, 42 in March, 41 in April, 35 in May, 31 in June, 34 in July, 38 in August, 26 in September, 31 in October, 38 in November and 42 in December.
According to district-wise data, 82 people were killed in Khulna, 93 in Jessore, 59 in Bagerhat, 42 in Jhenidah, 37 in Kushtia, 25 in Magura, 31 in Narail, 28 in Chuadanga, eight in Meherpur and 41 in Satkhira. Bodies of 63 out of 459 were recovered from different water bodies while 22 ones were found in sacks.
Among those killed were 98 teenage girls and women.
On December 30, a gang of 7-8 miscreants identifying themselves as journalists picked up local BNP leader Anwarul Islam, also chairman of Agardari union parishad in Satkhira, from his residence.
The abductors later shot him dead in an open field.
The victim’s family put the blame of the killing on the joint forces, which recently started crackdown on the political men with violence charges across the country to maintain law and order in the wake of the present unrest.
Also on the day, the joint forces allegedly killed union level Jamaat leader Abdul Zabbar Malitha, also member of Amjhupi union parishad under Meherpur Sadar upazila.
On December 26 in Jessore, district unit Krishak League leader Shafi Kamal, union level Awami League leader Robiul Islam and a former UP member were killed.
On December 4, freedom fighter Alauddin Khokon was hacked to death by miscreants in Kaliganj upazila in Satkhira at midnight.
On August 8, a former official of Power Department Tayebur Rahman and his son Nazmun Monir were killed by slitting throats at Khalishpur in Khulna city.
On October 31, listed criminal Masud Rana, also accused in the murder case of former Jubo League central vice-president Iqbal Bither, was hacked to death by miscreants.
On February 28 in Satkhira, Shibir activists Iqbal Hossain Tuhin, Shahin Alam, Ali Mostafa, Jamaat activists Mahmudul Hasan, Robiul Islam, Saifulfullah, Abdus Salam were killed in attacks allegedly by police and ruling Awami League cadres.
In addition to the killings, there have been incidents of torture and abduction of journalists in the crime-prone areas of the division.
On December 4, former president of Satkhira Press Club and local correspondent of the Daily Amar Desh Altaf Hossain went missing and since then he has remained traceless.
His disappearance has created fear among the local journalist community. On December 28, Satkhira correspondent of the Daily Sangram Abu Sayeed Biswas was arrested by police.