It needs no emphasising that over the last few years, law enforcing agencies have been trying to wipe out militancy with an iron hand by conducting a number of countrywide anti-militant drives, notably after the terrible terror-attack at Holey Artisan Bakery in Capital’s Gulshan area. However, uncertainties are not over yet as reports tell us that Radical student organisation Islami Chhatra Shibir has completed its all-out preparations to kill targeted leaders of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and conduct countrywide militant attacks ahead of the next general election. The reports also suspect that this may invite some ghastly events for the country and can foil the upcoming 11th national parliamentary polls. Media have informed us that the members of Jamaat-Shibir and Jamaat-ul-Mujahedeen Bangladesh have resorted to a new strategy to regroup and foil the election. Shibir cadres have arrived in the capital and taken shelter in various localities to restrain BCL leaders from participating in the election campaign in favor of Bangladesh Awami League.
It is disgraceful to note that, of late, Jamaat-Shibir cadres have killed a BCL leader in order to demoralise the BCL leaders and make their campaigning difficult. They already have drawn a list of popular BCL leaders to launch attack on them. Shibir activists have been instructed by the Jamaat leaders to attack BCL activists and leaders during the election. They have also set up secret training camps across the city so that they can efficiently attack and kill these BCL leaders. What is more alarming is that Shibir accompanied by BNP and Jatiya Oikyafront has finalised their plan to create a terrorising situation in the country to disrupt the next polls.
Considering the situation, people around the country should remain alert of any sort of conspiracies and militant attacks against them. It is clear that as long as anti-liberation forces get access to contest national polls, it would be a challenge to wipe out militancy from this soil. Hence, keeping the December 30 polls in focus authorities concerned, including law enforcing agencies and the election commission, should integrate necessary security measures to avert any unwanted incidents and chaos. Also there is a need to look forward to demolish the organisational basis of the militants. It is time to equip law enforcers with adequate as well as efficient manpower and modern technologies to avert militant attacks and ensure security for voters and campaigners.