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People unite against militancy

S A Shofiee, Sylhet

All sections of people in the Sylhet district area are united against militancy.

The situation in the Sylhet area has changed following the dreadful militant attacks at Gulshan and Sholakia, that took place in the wake of a series of targeted killings.

The spread of militancy and side by side involvement of children of rich families and students of higher educational institutions have made all worried. There is fear in public minds of fresh attacks as a good number of youths reportedly went missing and joined militant activities.

As the eyes of international militant organisations are fixed on Bangladesh, the members of the law enforcement agencies are trying to find out their involvement and the roots of the extremists inside the country.

Students, teachers, cultural activists as well as alems-ulemas and different religious organisations in Sylhet area have already come out on the streets to combat militancy. People belonging to different classes and professions are also vocal against militant activities. Although there is no understanding among the political parties on the issue, solid unity has developed against militancy among the people from the different kinds of people in Sylhet district and 13 upazilas.

The indication of all-out resistance against the militancy in the district area has already been visible and multi-prong activities have started. Leaders and activists of political parties as well as social, cultural and professional organisations are out in the field with programmes. Everyday, different anti-militancy programmes, meetings, rallies, seminars and human chains are being held.  People are joining spontaneously in these programmes of socio-cultural resistance and call for national unity.

The education ministry has also moved about as a section of the students of major educational institutions joined militant activities. Motivational programmes aimed at bringing back the derailed students to normal life are being undertaken. Special instructions are being sent to all kinds of educational institutions including higher educational institutions, schools, colleges and madrasas. Views exchange meetings and rallies with the authorities of those institutions are being arranged.

Meetings are being held separately with those associated to private universities, English medium schools, public universities, government and private colleges under National University and madrasas. The opinions of all are being gathered. On completion of these series view exchange meetings, integrated directives will be issued.

Vigilance on educational institutions has already been enhanced. Under the instructions of the authorities, resistance committees comprising students and teachers have been formed. Rallies and human chain programmes against militancy are being organised.

The Chairman of UGC has announced human chain programmes in all universities of the country on August 1 marking completion of one month of the Gulshan café attack.

The freedom fighters in Sylhet also have vowed to combat the militancy.

Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (Sust) brought out an anti-militancy rally on its campus Thursday.

The rally which started in front of the administrative building was attended by Sust Vice-Chancellor Prof Aminul Haque Bhuiyan.

“Bangladesh is a secular country and there is no room for militants, said the VC.

The university staff, teachers and students also took part in the rally that marched through the campus.

North East University, Bangladesh arranged an anti-militancy meeting on its campus on Thursday.

The meeting which started in front of the administrative building was attended by its  Vice-Chancellor Khalilur Rahman.

Leading University arranged an anti-militancy meeting on its campus on Monday.

The meeting was attended by its  Vice-Chancellor Dr. Kamruzzaman Chowdhury.

On the occassion, Sylhet Metropoliton Police arrange a community Policing meeting in Mohammod Ali Gymnasiam in Sylhet City on Saturday. SANAK, Imam,  many educational institute, social and islamic organisation joined the meeting.

Madrasa boy missing for 9 days

 

A Sylhet madrasa student has reportedly remained missing from Osmaninagar upazila since Friday afternoon.

The missing student was identified as Emon Ahmad (15), Hefz-ul-Ulum student of Abdul Bari Shahidunnesa Academy and son of late Jahir Ali of Bajitpur village of the upazila.

Family members said Emon had left the house to go to a mosque for Jummah prayer on Friday.

Since then he has not returned home.

Officer-in-charge of Osmaninagar Police Station Abdul Awal Chowdhury confirmed Emon’s disappearance.

576 Pieces Yaba recovered, 1 held

The members of Rapid Action Batalian (RAB-9) in separate drives recovered 576 pieces Yaba tablets and arrested one drug peddlers from Dakshin upazila in the district on Tuesday.

The arrestees are identified as Abul Hossain (55).

RAB officer Ziaul Hoque said,  acting on a tip-off, the RAB arrested Abul Hossain from Mominkhola area under the Dakshin upazila and recovered 576 Yaba tablets from their possessions.

A case was filed on Dakshin Surma Police station in this connection.

OC of Dakshin Surma S.M Ataur Rahman confirmed the matter.

Anti-terror rally held at Sust

 

Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (Sust) brought out an anti-militancy rally on its campus Thursday.

The rally which started in front of the administrative building was attended by Sust Vice-Chancellor Prof Aminul Haque Bhuiyan.

“Bangladesh is a secular country and there is no room for militants, said the VC.

The university staff, teachers and students also took part in the rally that marched through the campus.

Meanwhile, Sectors Commanders Forum district and City unit of Barisal staged a human chain in front Ashwani Kumar Hall of the city Thursday calling unity to prevent militancy.

Muktijoddha Samsad with its different organisations, college teachers and students joined the programme.

 

River erosion turns serious in Sylhet Sadar

 

Erosion of river Surma in Sadar upazilla of the Sylhet district has taken a serious turn with the rise of the water of river Surma.

According to Upazila office sources, during last few days due to incessant rainfall and further rise of water level in the river have inundated and erosion of river have rendered about five hundred people of two unions have been rendered homeless. The most affected unions are Mugolgaon and Tukerbazar where many people are now open sky when the flood water have submerged their homesteads.

The source said that as the erosion is still continuing some educational institutions including Madrasha, government primary school and mosque have come under threat. Upazila officials including chairman, UNO and other officials visited some affected areas and assured the affected people for immediate relief and other supports.

Habiganj tea workers agitate for arrears

 

Workers of Baikunthapur Tea Garden in Madhabpur upazila of Habiganj yesterday formed a human chain demanding payment of their last two months’ due wages and food ration.

About 2000 family members of over 400 permanent workers of the garden formed the human chain in front of the office of Madhabpur Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) yesterday morning.

Due to the food crisis most of the workers’ families are passing their days half-fed and fell sick, Bangladesh Tea Labour Union’s Baikunthapur unit Presidnet Ram Nath Keut said.

They are also not getting proper treatments as the lone hospital of the garden remained closed for the last six months, he said.

Sources said although the workers are plucking the tea leaves, the owner of the factory kept its tea production unit closed since June 6 due to unknown reason, Ram Nath added.

Makhan Lal Karmakar, central president of the union, said the owner of the garden gave assurance to the workers they would settle the matter before July 25 which they did not keep.

Madhabpur UNO Rashedul Islam said they are trying to contact the owner of the factory and settle the issue as early as possible.

 

 

 

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