Shahbagh

  • Bangladesh: Editor of pro-Opposition daily arrested April 11, 2013

    Dhaka: Bangladesh police on Thursday arrested the editor of the Bengali daily 'Amar Desh', a pro-opposition newspaper, on charges of sedition and inciting religious tension. Plainclothesmen picked up Mahmudur Rahman in a raid on the newspaper office at Karwan Bazar area and police said he was taken away for initial...
  • Bangladesh: Jamaat leader held for inciting anti-Hindus attacks March 15, 2013

    Dhaka: Bangladesh police on Thursday arrested a sub-district chairman and local leader of fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami for inciting attacks on Hindus and temples in southeastern Chittagong as minorities appeared to be targets of past two weeks of violence over 1971 war crimes trial. "Police and (elite anti-crime Rapid Action Battalion) RAB...
  • Bangladesh: Rioting over court decision kills 44 March 2, 2013

    Dhaka: Protesters clashed with police for the second day on Friday as the death toll rose to at least 44 from violence triggered by a death sentence given to an Islamic party leader for crimes linked to Bangladesh's 1971 independence war, police said. The latest fighting broke out in northern...
  • Dhaka: Protesters demand severe punishment for 1971 war-crime accused February 21, 2013

    Dhaka: The number of protesters continues to swell at the Shahbagh Square in Dhaka, demanding severe punishment for Islamist politician Abdul Quader Mollah and others accused of war-crimes during the formation of Bangladesh in 1971. In her early 20s, Lucky Akter is an unlikely leader for a protest movement that has...
  • Shahbagh protestors are trying to push religion out of Bangladeshi politics: Suhasini Haidar February 18, 2013

    Hundreds of thousands of Bangladeshis have been thronging Shahbagh, a Dhaka landmark, demanding death sentence for 1971 War criminal Abdul Quader Mollah of the Jamaat-e-Islami. Following the murder of blogger Rajib who spearheaded the agitation, the gathering has grown manifold and the sentiments have been further galvanised. CNN-IBN's senior editor...
  • What the protest over the 1971 War crimes trial in Bangladesh is about February 18, 2013

    New Delhi: When Abdul Quader Mollah, assistant secretary-general of Bangladesh's fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami party, heard the country's apex court sentence him to life imprisonment on Fabruary 4 in the 1971 war criminals' trial, he must have heaved a sigh of relief. 'The Butcher of Mirpur', as he was notoriously referred to...
  • Bangladesh Parliament moves to ban Jamaat-e-Islami February 18, 2013

    Dhaka: Bangladesh Parliament on Sunday amended the war crimes law to allow the prosecution to try and punish any organisations, including the Jamaat-e-Islami, a significant move that could pave the way for banning the country's largest Islamic party. The move was cheered by tens of thousands of protesters who have...
  • Bangladesh: Anti-Islamist blogger stabbed to death February 18, 2013

    Dhaka: A Bangladeshi blogger, who had been critical of Islamist groups, has been killed, prompting the protesters in Dhaka to continue their round the clock sit-in vigil demanding death penalties for 1971 war criminals. Rajib Haidar, 30, an architect and Shahbagh protest activist, was stabbed to death near his house...