Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Wives, Relatives of Top Bangladesh Militants Under Law Enforcers' Surveillance

The relatives of top militants are under surveillance. Surveillance, particularly on the relatives of those militants who were hanged by court order, is being closely monitored round the clock. After being released on bail, the widows of top militant leaders Shaikh Abdur Rahman and Bangla Bhai have been staying in their own localities. The chief of the Media Wing of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) Commander M Sohail said that the activities of the relatives of the militants were under surveillance round the clock.
Convicted Militants
Sources say, among the 34 convicted militants six were executed. Nabil Rahman, son of Shaikh Abdur Rahman, is now in Comilla Prison. After being released on bail, Bangla Bhai's widow Fahima Khatun is now residing at Naodapara in Rajshahi. Earlier maternal grandmother of Saad, the three-year old son of Bangla Bhai, was given legal custody of the child by court order. Nurjahan Begum, widow of Shaikh Abdur Rahman, after being released on bail, went to Naodapara in Rajshahi. Since the hanging of Abdul Awal, his widow Afifa Begum has been residing in her in-law's house. Afifa Begum is the daughter of Shaikh Abdur Rahman. Afifa Begum has a 3-year old daughter named Talha. Shaikh Abdur Rahman is survived by his sons -- Mahmud Rahman, 16, and Fuad Rahman, 12, are attending Akua Dakhil Madrassah in Mymensingh. His youngest son Ahmed Rahman, 5, lives in Rajshahi with his mother. At Kushal Centre in Uttara model town (about 9 km from downtown Dhaka city) there are two purchased shops owned by the late Shaikh Abdur Rahman from which his family gets Taka 5500 per month as rent. In addition, the deceased has some cultivable land at a village in Jamalpur District. After the execution of Shaikh Abdur Rahman, his younger brother Ataur Rahman arguably married the daughter of Moulana Jafar. Ataur Rahman became the chief of militant party Jamatul Mujahidin Bangladesh (JMB); afterward he was arrested.
Another JMB leader named Faruk Hossain alias Khaled Saifullah was executed; after his execution his widow did not keep in touch. Saifullah's two brothers -- Belayet Khan and Enayet Khan -- live in Goalta village of Kaokhali in Pirojpur District; they are cultivators. Another brother of Saifullah is an employee of a private company. Another executed militant convict Iftekhar Hsan Al Mamun hailed from Motihar in Rajshahi District; his father Kamruzzaman is a day laborer. At present Mamun's father and mother earn a livelihood as day laborers and live with three children.
RAB source says, 28 convicts who got death sentence appealed to the High Court. Source says, they will be awarded capital punishment through legal process.
List of Convicts
Appellant 28 convicts are: Hafej Mahmud alias Rakib Hasan alias Hyder hailing from Phoolchhenna village of Melandaha Thana of Jamalpur District; Salahuddin alias Salehin alias Sajib hailing from Narayanganj; Abdul Qayyum from Niamatpur village of Naogaon District; Hafej Muhammad Minhazur Islam alias Sohel Rana alias Sanoar Hossain from Khamarkandi village of Sherpur Thana in Bogra District; Aktaruzzaman from Satpoa village of Sarisabari in Jamalpur District; Tarikul Islam alias Rinku from Ramnagar of Rupsa in Khulna District; Monirul Islam alias Mokhlesur of Shikarpur village in Jhenidah District; Nasrullah alias Shanto of the same village; Rokanuzzaman alias Sibun from Debrajpur village of Kaliganj in Jhenidah District; Abu Taleb Ansari alias Babul Ansari of Bridge Road in Gaibandha District and former security guard of the Parliament building; Mohan, Mamunur Rashid, Muhit, Mojammel Hak alias Mojam, Tuhin Reja, Sabuj Ali and Faruk Hossain from Jhenidah District; Matin alias Matinur Islam from Bridge Road of Gaibandha District; Mahirul Al Mamun alias Chand from Arpara village of Kaliganj in Jhenidah District; Billal Hossain from Beparipara in Jhenidah District; Sahabuddin from Mollakop village, Robjel Hossain alias Robjel and Azizur Rahman from Jhenidah District.
Those who are absconding among the death row convicts are: Abu Said Sheikh son of Shahidullah Sheikh from Srik ol village in Kushtia District; Yunus Ali from Jhenidah District; and Tejarat Ali's son Azimuddin.
Sources say, relatives of these militants have been kept under surveillance for years. The chief of the Media Wing of the RAB, Commander M Sohail, said that militants' relatives are generally involved in militancy. In many cases, the whole family was found involved in militant activities, he said adding that relatives of the militants will always remain under surveillance.

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