During the BNP-Jamaat era, Eid meant extortion, killing-kidnapping, inhuman torture if protested

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Published on November 1, 2022
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During the BNP-Jamaat government from 2001 to 2006, Chhatra and Shibir terrorists killed around half a hundred people and injured thousands during every Eid over extortion. During Eid al-Adha in 2003, Shibir cadres shot two Awami League leaders to death inside a madrassa while they were in a meeting to collect rawhide for children in orphanages. In addition, Shibir and Chhatra Dal cadres killed 23 people across the country in just five days before and after Eid.

Prothom Alo published the news on February 15, 2003. It said that Shibir leader Giasuddin Gong shot dead Chittagong North Upazila Awami League deputy-office secretary Farooq Ahmed Siddiqui and businessman Solaiman Khan as they tried to resist militant activities in the madrasa. 

Maulana Zafar Ahmed Siddiqui, the father of Awami League leader Farooq Siddiqui, is the founder of Ziaul Uloom Madrasah in Hathazari. On the night of January 23, 11 members of the Madrasa Board of Directors were in a meeting in Principal Fariduddin's room. They were discussing raising funds for Madrasa Orphanage. But, the Shibir terrorists suddenly entered and shot dead the members of the board of directors, along with Farooq and Solaiman. Police recovered 20 bullet casings from the spot.

A case was filed against Shibir cadre Gias Hazarika, Ayub Ali Rashed, Abdul Majid and Md Javed for the gruesome murders. Earlier, Gias and Ayub were arrested in a joint force operation for terrorist activities. But, they got released on the recommendation of influential leaders of the coalition government.

Also, on the evening of Eid, BNP-Jamaat terrorists shot and slaughtered freedom fighter and Awami League worker Giasuddin, a resident of Madandanga of Atrai in Naogaon. The government-backed terrorists also attacked and ransacked the house of Giasuddin's brother just four months before the incident. Besides, the terrorists of Chhatra Dal-Shibir carried out attacks and extortion in different places of the country, including Patuakhali, Natore, Dinajpur, Bhola, Pirojpur, Chapainawabganj, Munshiganj, Bandarban, Sherpur, Bagerhat, Khulna, Jhenaidah during Eid festivals. They used to shoot or slaughter anyone who tried to interrupt them