BCL Rampant


Ghost of Frankenstein appears to have returned to campuses. A series of clashes has taken place in the educational institutions throughout the country and reminds the ugly manifestation of the BCL-backed campus violence in the educational institutions including the premier Dhaka University. During last couple of days clashes, most ferocious in nature, broke out in Chittagong University, Dhaka University and Barisal Technical Institute where the lethal weapons were in open use indiscriminately. Here photo shows the two factions of the Chhatra League of Barisal Polytechnic are fighting each other with deadly weapons.

source: the new nation

The War Crimes Investigating Agency Chief Abdul Matin has resigned. He relinquished from the probe body on Wednesday showing personal ground.

Abdul Matin, a former civil bureaucrat tendered his resignation to Home Secretary Abdus Sobhan Sikder at 12 noon. His resignation came five days after Prime Minister’s Advisor on Education, Social Development and Political Affairs Alauddin Ahmed alleged that Matin was an activist of the then Islami Chhatra Shangha (ICS), now Islami Chhatra Shibir, student wing of the Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami.

Soon after the resignation, Home Minister Sahara Khatun told newsmen at the Bangladesh Secretariat that Matin’s resignation had ended all sorts of criticism.

Asked about the query of the journalists, the Home Minister said, “He resigned to avoid the embarrassing situation what he has been facing since last few days following the mass-media reports centering an advisor’s comment.”

Responding to another question, Shara Khatun said the appointment of Abdul Matin as the chief of investigating agency for war crimes was definitely correct.

Talking to The New Nation, Home Secretary Abdus Sobhan Sikdar said, “In his resignation, Abdul Matin mentioned that he resigned from the post voluntarily and on personal ground.”

As part of the Awami League’s election pledges, the Government on March 25 formed a tribunal to try people who had allegedly committed war crimes during the 1971 Liberation War of Bangladesh. A seven-member investigation agency, headed by a former additional secretary Abdul Matin was also constituted on the same day

Earlier, Prime Minister’s Advisor on Education, Social Development and Political Affairs Alauddin Ahmed was very critical about Matin’s nomination as the investigating agency chief.

He said, “Matin was a presidential contender backed by Islami Chhatra Shangha at B M College students’ union election. With him heading the agency, it is easy to conceive the future of the trial.”

ICS members have been accused of taking part in war crimes during 1971, in particular relating to the abduction of intellectuals mainly on Dec 14-15, 1971 just days before the surrender of Pakistan occupation army on December 16.

Agency report adds: meanwhile, Abdul Matin on May 2 denied the allegation against him and said, “I have never been involved in any political party since my student days until now.”

“I contested for the vice-president position in BM College students’ union election as an independent candidate in 1963. There was no question of having a nomination from Islami Chhatra Shangha or any political party,” he added.

Matin said after completing his master’s, he joined the Mymensingh Judges’ Court as a civil judge at the end of 1971, when the Liberation War was still on, considering his family’s welfare and the overall situation.

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