Bangladesh Opposition leader disappeare​d

Organizing secretary of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), M Ilias Ali went missing from 17th April night, thus worsening the current political persecution and repression continued by the ruling party and the rogue state machinery. Local police found the vehicle of M Ilias Ali abandoned near a park at city’s posh Banani area, while there was no trace of politician and his driver. This latest case of disappearance of M Ilias Ali is among many such disappearances of political opponents of ruling Bangladesh Awami League. The disappearance takes place at such a crucial time when the rulers and their investigators failed to identify the reason behind murder of Saudi diplomat Khalaf bin Mohammed Salem-al Ali, who was murdered in city’s posh diplomatic enclave during dark hours. Though Bangladesh government and the intelligence agencies are pretending to be unable in identifying any clue behind the murder of the Saudi diplomat, Times of Assam already investigated and found blood-chilling information on the activities of the deadly killers group, which enjoys protection from a sensitive intelligence agency in the country.

According to sensational scoop, an intelligence agency of a neighboring country trained at least 75 nefarious armed cadres of the ruling party during October 2009 to June 2010. Since their return to Bangladesh, these cadres are provided safe shelter inside a couple of houses in Dhaka, which are located within the diplomatic enclaves. They go out with operation mission during dark hours and return to the safe shelters on accomplishment of such mission, which includes abduction as well as secret killing. On the night of the murder of Khalaf bin Mohammed Salem al-Ali, the Saudi diplomat was stopped on road when he came out from the residence of a Jamaat-e-Islami leader by few members of the killing squad. He was pulled inside a car and taken into one of the safe shelters, where he was murdered. Later the killers re-loaded Khalaf bin Mohammed Salem al-Ali’s dead body and dumped it near his residence and fled the spot. It may be mentioned here that, even Bangladeshi investigators expressed surprise seeing no blood stain within the spot, where the Saudi diplomat’s dead body was recovered. Few of them though already told media that the murder might have been taken place at a different place and the dead body dumped on the roadside, such statements were reportedly stopped at the instruction of the same sensitive intelligence agency. But the Saudi authorities have also become curious to identify the reason of seeing no blood stain, where the dead body of their diplomat was dumped. The source told Times of Assam that the trained cadres of the ruling party are taking part in regular mission of abduction and secret killing, which already has resulted in alarming rise in such incidents in the recent days.

The latest case of disappearance of BNP leader M Ilias Ali has not only rang the alarm in Bangladeshi society, it also has put every citizen of the country into tremendous fear of insecurity of life. Many believe the ruling party has created a list of at least 100 people, amongst who are politicians, media personnel and members of the civil society, with the agenda of abduction and secret murders. It is greatly feared that M Ilias Ali and his driver might have already been eliminated inside one of the safe shelters and their dead bodies might have been secretly dumped in any of the graveyards or deep forests in Bangladesh. M Ilias Ali became an object of headache for the ruling party leaders, especially because of his massive political drives in the eastern part of Bangladesh in creating public opinion against the ruling party, due to its series of failures as well as shameless high-profile corruption. His name particularly came prominently into the attention of the ruling party elites when he showed political zeal in organizing a historic public meeting of opposition leader Khaleda Zia at Sylhet divisional headquarters, which is considered to be the biggest public meeting in that part of the country since independence of Bangladesh. M Ilian Ali was also continuing political activities in sharpening the anti-government movement of the opposition, targeting the June 22 ultimatum of Khaleda Zia, which is also seen as a significant timeline, where the current government may face the biggest ever challenge of continuing in power. It is hinted that M Ilias Ali was in favor of putting seize of roads in the capital city on June 22, when millions of people are expected to come from different parts of the country to attend the planned huge public meeting of Khaleda Zia. Bangladesh Nationalist Party has decided to ask their supporters and workers to put seize on each and every place, where they would be stopped either by the members of the law enforcing agencies or the armed cadres of the ruling party.

The case of disappearance of M Ilias Ali has not only generated fear in the minds of the people but also foreign diplomats as well as foreign investors in Bangladesh are feeling totally unsafe, while a large number of foreign investors reportedly are actively thinking of wrapping-up their investments from Bangladesh. Seeking anonymity, a foreign investor said, “the ruling party has turned Bangladesh into a land of fear and death and why shall we risk our lives by staying in this country? The government has totally failed in unearthing the murder mystery of the Saudi diplomat, which gives clear sign that no such secret killings will ever be detected by the state-machinery for anticipatable reasons.”

Meanwhile a local human rights group has released a report stating, during the past 40 months of the rule of Bangladesh Awami League, 58 people have already disappeared from various parts of the country, while the numbers of rape, murder, abduction, extortion and persecution of religious minorities have reached to an alarming level.

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