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Friday, December 13, 2013

Execution of Jamaat-e-Islami leader sparks violent protests in Bangladesh

Source: Post

Vehicle carrying body of Abdul Quader Mollah
Picture (Courtesy: Post. Vehicle carrying body of Abdul Quader Mollah)

Mollah, the first person to be hanged for war crimes in 1971 independence war, was buried at the family graveyard at Amirabad village in Faridpur district around 4: 20 am after funeral prayers, District Magistrate Md Mamun Shiblee, who supervised the burial, was quoted as saying by a news website.
The execution of the 65-year-old Jamaat leader, infamous as 'Butcher of Mirpur', took place on Friday night after the Supreme Court rejected his review petition.
Activists of Jamaat and its student wing, Chhatra Shibir, vandalized, torched and looted around 50 houses and business establishments of AL supporters and minorities in different areas of the district after Mollah's execution, said Joybeb Chowdhury, additional superintendent of police in Satkhira.
Two AL supporters and a child were killed in Satkhira while Jamaat activist Sukkur Ali, 25, was killed in Pirojpur, a newspaper reported.
In Sadar upazila, police recovered a bullet-riddled body this morning.
Jamaat supporters also took out flash processions and exploded crude bombs at several other areas. They clashed with police at many places. At many places, the police opened fire and shot several rounds to disperse the protesters.
Jamaat supporters’ torched shops owned by AL leaders and activists at different Unions at Banshkhali in Chittagong.
The Islamist party has announced a nationwide strike on Sunday to protest the execution of Mollah.

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