Awami League leaders ask supporters to fight back Jamaat violence

Updated - November 16, 2021 09:26 pm IST

Published - December 15, 2013 03:35 am IST - Dhaka

As Jamaat-e-Islami supporters continued to attack the Awami League leaders across Bangladesh, the ruling party on Sunday called on the party supporters to “resist and fight back”.

“They are Pakistani agents, resist them”, said senior leaders of the party at a rally in Dhaka, arranged on the occasion of Victory Day, which commemorates the historic surrender of the 93,000 Pakistani soldiers in Dhaka to the joint Bangladesh-India command on December 16,1972.

“We are not going to spear any more attack, it has to be prevented strongly,” said the party’s Joint General Secretary Mahbub-Ul-Alam Hanif.

This came after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday told a meeting: “We’ve been very patient. Don’t expect us to just sit and watch you kill innocent people.”

Six people, including three Jamaat activists, were killed during the countrywide hartal on Sunday.

Following Quader Mollah’s execution on December 12, Jamaat-e-Islami activists have gone on the rampage, attacking mostly ruling party leaders and workers, killing at least eight so far.

They attacked houses of at least four Ministers on Sunday in Chittagong, and set on fire dozens of vehicles, uprooted rail and blocked road communications .

After the Jamaat called countrywide hartal on Sunday in protest against the execution of war crimes convict Quader Mollah, the party’s assístant secretary general, the party activists unleashed widespread violence acrors the country.

The Jamaat activists have targeted the railways and road communications since earlier this year when the war crimes tribunals started awarding death and life sentences to some of their senior leaders.

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