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Advocate Biman Chandra Basak (50) – Vice-President of Joypurhat Bar Association in

Bangladesh was mercilessly beaten and tortured by Armed forces with uniform of
Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) on 3 April, 2008 (Daily Protom Aloo dated 4th April,


Biman Chandra Basak (50) – A lawyer and Vice-President of Joypurhat Bar

Association was mercilessly tortured by the armed forces with uniform of RAB on
3rd April, 2008. Biman was admitted to nearest Joypurhat District Modern Hospital
with multiple injuries in his body.

The lawyer of Joypurhat Bar Association angrily protested and abstained from
attending courts.

Biman Chandra Basak from the hospital with precarious condition stated that while
he was in his village home Rasulpur within Khetlal P.S. for guarding his fisheries
on 3rd April, 08 in the morning. At that time 6-7 unknown armed forces duly
wearing uniform of RAB representing as rapid action battalion picked him up by
force in a micro -bus.

Bimal Chandra also continued to narrate that he was taken to Masumpur High School
ground near his native home and the armed forces started beating mercilessly. Some
waters brought and his eyes were blind folded with handkerchief. They started
pouring water at his nose and mouth. The armed forces claimed that Bimal Chandra
got his possession two idols of Hindu Goddess. The armed forces continued their
torture unhindered while he denied the allegation of possession of two idol of
Goddess. Lastly the armed forces left the place him with multiple injuries. He
also claimed that he saw one person with uniform of RAB with pistol.

On 4th April,08 the Lawyer of Bar Association of Joypurhat convened an emergency

meeting at about 10 a.m. in the Bar Association hall presided over by Advocate
Matiur Rahman – President of Bar Association A seven –members committee has been
formed with the chairmanship of advocate Momin Ahmed Chowdhury – Secretary of Bar
Association to enquire into the matter and they have been requested to submit
report within 7th April,2008.

In the meeting it has also been decided that the matter will be communicated in
writing to the Chief Adviser, Government of Bangladesh, I.G of Police, DG (RAB)
and Law Adviser. It has also been decided to let the matter be communicated to
Human Rights organizations.

In this regard Major Sah Ali –Director of RAB –Joypurhat replied that no RAB
personnel are involved with this incident and they are not connected, but he will
look into the matter later on.

I, on behalf of Global Human Rights Defense talked with the Deputy Commissioner,
Superintendent of Police, Joypurhat over their telephone numbers 01713374077 (SP),
01713201500 (DC) and Director-General of RAB ( Telephone No. 01713014050 (DG
RAB) yesterday and informed the situation and they all confirmed the incident, but
they are trying to identify the perpetrators. (News published attached herewith)
We have decided to visit the spot and the victim at Joypurhat Hospital.

Rabindra Ghosh
Representative of GHRD

Pak Saudi nexus spreading terror in North-East

Rakesh K Singh
New Delhi

Publication: The Pioneer

Date: April 5, 2008.

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The Pak-Saudi intelligence alliance is pressurising the caretaker Government in

Bangladesh to bolster the Islamist outfits and insurgent groups with a view to
create trouble in the North-East States. The caretaker Government in Bangladesh
had taken some measures to contain the radical outfits as well as Indian insurgent
groups after it came to power.

Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has asked Saudi authorities to limit

the number of visas to Bangladeshi citizens working there. According to estimates,
about one million Bangladeshis are learnt to be engaged in various professions in
Saudi Arabia and a limited number of visa to the workforce would help in
pressurising the Bangladesh Government to fall in line, senior intelligence
officials said.

Weapons are now being procured by the Indian insurgent groups from Chinese Kunming
province bordering Myanmar. Intelligence inputs had earlier indicated that the
insurgent outfits are also getting weapon supplies from Yunnan province of China.
The arms also come through the Arkaan areas of Myanmar and from the sea off Cox's
Bazaar to Chittagong, the officials said.

National Security Adviser MK Narayanan had recently stated in a TV interview that

Bangladesh was used as a springboard and Pakistani ISI's direct involvement in
exporting terrorism into India through Bangladesh and supply of arms is also quite

Police in Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Mumbai have arrested a number of
Harkat-ul-Jihad Islami (HuJI) activists from Bangladesh involved in attacks on
Indian targets in association with Pakistani terrorist groups, Lashkar-e-Tayyeba
and Jaish-e-Mohammad.

The scale and sophistication of HuJI can be gauged from the fact that the United
States last month declared it as an international terrorist outfit due to its
involvement in international terrorism and its links with the ISI and other
Pakistan-based terrorist groups.
On March 12 this year, two HuJI activists from Bangladesh, one of them identified
as Mohammad Ali, were shot dead by the anti-terrorist squad of Maharashtra police.
They were in possession of two kilogram of RDX, a revolver, a pistol and fake
Indian currency notes. They were moving around with a pre-determined plan to
strike sensitive installations in Mumbai.

Jaish-e-Mohammad, which has close links with Al Qaeda, has also been found to be
training the HuJI activists in Bangladesh. Sheikh Abdullah Gul, a Pakistani Jaish
operative, was in Bangladesh in November 2007 to train and recruit HuJI mujahideen
to join the fight in Jammu & Kashmir and also in Afghanistan.

Bangladesh is harbouring several militant leaders of Indian insurgent groups like,

the ULFA, NSCN (I/M), BODO outfits like NDFB and a number of other insurgent
groups active in Tripura. Arabindo Rajkhowa, Chairman of the ULFA lives in
Chittagong Hill tracts. Another senior leader Paresh Barua lives in Dhaka. While
some Bangladeshi agencies are giving them benign patronage, Chinese intelligence
agencies have been supplying them with arms, senior intelligence officials said.
Moreover, China with a view to strategically encircle India, is arming Bangladesh
armed forces, especially the Navy, with weapons that can be considered offensive
and targeting a particular country with ship-to-ship, ship-to-air and ground-to-
air missiles. Bangladesh has been part of the larger Chinese strategic enclosure
policy against India, intelligence officials said here while explaining the
rationale behind the tie-up between Pakistan, China and Saudi authorities.

China also had pressurised the BNP Government to award control of infrastructure
projects like telecommunications, strategic Chittagong-Myanmar- Kuming highway,
oil/gas exploration rights and port development projects through a combination of
kickbacks and cheap military supplies, the officials said.