Bangladeshi militants charged for shooting Italian missionary; Scores of educators held for inciting terrorism in Bangladesh

July 18, 2016 by  
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Dhaka, July 17, 2016: A district court in Bangladesh’s northern Dinajpur district accepted a police charge sheet against seven suspected Islamic militants on July 15 for shooting an Italian Catholic priest last year.

Submission of a police charge sheet marks the formal beginning of court procedure over criminal cases in Bangladesh.

All those charged are from the banned local militant outfit Jamaatul Mujahedin Bangladesh, said investigating officer Bazlur Rashid of Dinajpur police.

“The court has accepted a charge sheet against seven militants and ordered the release of three whose involvement in the case was not proved. We have already arrested four of the suspected militants and we continue our efforts to nab the three others,” Rashid told ucanews.

Assailants shot 64-year-old Father Piero Parolari from the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions on Nov. 18 in Dinajpur while he was riding a bicycle.

Bishop Sebastian Tudu of Dinajpur expressed hope that justice could be delivered.

“Legal justice is a lengthy process in Bangladesh, yet we hope to see justice as the court has accepted the charge sheet. We expect justice to be delivered in the quickest possible time,” Bishop Tudu told ucanews.com.

“We would like to see the real culprits behind the attack get punishment, and don’t want to see the case become a tool for scoring political points,” he said.

Father Parolari, a medical doctor, lived in the town for about 30 years where he mostly served at the church-run St. Vincent Hospital. He also helped at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in the town.

After he was shot, the priest was treated in a local hospital and then was shifted to the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka for better treatment. Father Parolari was later moved to his home country Italy, where he remains.

A priest on behalf of the local church filed a murder case a day after the attack and police then launched an investigation.

Muslim-majority Bangladesh has seen a surge in Islamic militancy since 2013. Islamic militants have killed dozens of people, including secular bloggers, writers, academics, foreigners and those from religious minorities. In the worst attack, a group of Islamic militants, armed with assault rifles, bombs and swords, massacred 20 hostages in a Dhaka cafe on July 1.

– ucan

Bangladeshi police have discovered that dozens of university professors and high school teachers have been inciting their students to engage in Islamic terrorism.

One English teacher is quoted by a school caretaker as saying that ““Muslims are being persecuted around the world, so let us attack non-Muslims”.

“When attacks against religious minorities occur, many Muslims are happy to know that Christians or Hindus are killed by the militants. Teachers are making a big mistake,” the school caretaker, anonymous for security reasons, told AsiaNews.

After the tragic terror attack against the Holey Artisan Bakery Café in Dhaka that killed 20 people, mostly foreigners, the police have increased checks.

In recent weeks, the authorities have received dozens of complaints about missing young people, who, in all probability, have run off to join Islamic militants.

At present, law enforcement is focusing on those who might have inspired such behaviour and other violent actions, preachers and teachers, like Hasnat Karim, a former professor at Dhaka’s North South University (NSU) in Dhaka.

He was at the café in Gulshan district that was attacked on 1 July by five terrorists. CCTV cameras show him strolling on the roof of the building together with the attackers.

This has set off alarm bells among the authorities, who took him into custody to vet his involvement. In 2012, he taught at the same university where one of the terrorists, Nibras Islam, was studying.

This has led some to turn the spotlight on the spread of extremist ideas in the country’s schools, including the most prestigious.

The NSU is one of the foremost private colleges in the capital and experts believe that its administrators have never paid much attention to terror activities on the campus.

A few days ago, the commission of inquiry set up by the government seized several books praising jihad in the NSU library.

The authorities also traced several professors who have taught that it was OK to fight against the infidels. Four are working at private universities and four at English-language high schools in the capital and a public university in Chittagong.

The source reports that a professor from Gulshan (the diplomatic district where the recent attack occurred) encouraged his students to attack non-Muslims.

Even a high school teacher, the mother of a young man who joined the ranks of the illegal Islamic group Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), was found to have encouraged such violence.

– asianews

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