Update January 8, 2015

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Bombs hurled at High Court Judge’s house who imposed Tarique’s ban

FR Fateh

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8 January 2015, Nirapad News : Miscreants hurled two crude bombs at the High Court judge’s Dhanmondi house a day after he prohibited publicising BNP leader Tarique Rahman’s statements in the media.

“Two attackers on a motorcycle threw two crude bombs that exploded on an outer wall of the two-storey building around 7:00pm,” said Bashirul Haque, operation officer at Dhanmondi Police Station.

Justice Abu Taher Md Saifur Rahman was outside during the attack. No one was reported injured in the incident, said the police officer. The law enforcers could not arrest the attackers as they fled away immediately after charging the bombs.

Earlier in the day, the ancestral home of Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque, the other judge of the HC division bench, in Feni was set on fire. The judges yesterday ordered the government to immediately take steps to stop publicising the BNP senior vice-chairman’s statements in the print, electronic and social media as long as he remains a fugitive.

His ancestral residence in Mohammadpur area of Feni Sadar upazila was torched sometime last night. Locals said unidentified assailants poured kerosene on the tin-shed house and set it on fire. The house was partially gutted, however, no one was injured in the incident.

In response to a writ petition filed by a lawyer, the HC bench also issued a rule seeking explanation as to why publicising of Tarique’s speeches would not be declared illegal.

Recently, the BNP leader and elder son of party Chairperson Khaleda Zia, from a programme abroad, called out for agitation until the destabilisation of the government. Privately-run Ekushey Television (ETV) was stopped allegedly for airing “too much” of that speech and soon afterwards the channel’s Chairman Abdus Salam shown arrested in a case.

Currently, the BNP-led 20-party alliance is sponsoring a countrywide nonstop blockade programme over marking the first anniversary of January 5 parliamentary polls, what the alliance labels as “democracy killing day”.

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