By Tarek Mahmud
April 1, 2017
What was their benefit from this atrocious
act? What did the terrorists accomplish by killing their own children?
Members of law enforcement agencies were
shocked at the horrifying scene when they entered the Nasirpur den after they
ended the 33-hour-long Operation Hit Back on Thursday.
Police believe that the three adults in that
bungalow, who were suspected members of the New Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh
(New JMB) terrorist group, blew themselves up along with the children in the
face of a raid.
This brings up the number of children
killed by New JMB to five – all of whom were children of one or more members of
the group – and there is reason to fear that another four young lives may be
DMP’s Counter Terrorism and Transnational
Crime Unit Chief Monirul Islam said: “There was a big explosion at the
beginning of our operation. That was when they blew themselves up, including
Locals of Nasirpur are unable to understand
what compelled the terrorists do this.
Khalilpur Union Parishad Chairman Arbid
Poddar said: “What was their benefit from this atrocious act? What did the
terrorists accomplish by killing their own children?”
Mukaddesh Ali, imam of a local mosque,
would only say: “What kind of Islam is this? How are they establishing Islam
through such acts?”
There are now increased concerns about the
other den in Moulvibazar, a duplex-residence in Borohat that is being raided.
By account of locals, there were 10 people including four children inside the
Moulvibazar Municipality Ward 6 Councillor
Jalal Ahmed, whose house is located near the Borohat hideout, said that the
death of four children in Nasirpur had created anxiety among locals about the
four in this den.
“People of Sylhet condemn such misdeeds.
This is murder and nothing else,” he said.
On March 16, a child was found dead in the
Premtola militant den in Sitakunda, Chittagong where four militants including a
woman blew themselves up during a police operation.
Before that, a four-year-old girl named
Sabina, suffered splinter injuries when a female New JMB member, that was her
mother, came out of a militant hideout with her and blew herself up during
police raid in Dhaka’s Ashkona on December 26 last year.
The explosion broke her left arm, and
splinters pierced her belly and made some holes in the oesophagus. She
underwent a surgery at Dhaka Medical College Hospital and was brought back from
the edge of death.
Afif Qadri, whose father Tanvir Qadri, a
New JMB leader, committed suicide during a raid on September 10 last year on a
militant hideout in Azimpur, refused to surrender during the raid.
His twin brother Tahrim Qadri alias
Russell, who was arrested two weeks later, confessed before the court that
their parents- Tanvir Qadri and Abedatul Fatema Khadiza- were involved in
militant activities and they got involved with the militancy by inheritance.
Maulana Farid Uddin Masud, who is leading a
campaign of Islamic scholars against militancy, said: “Children are beyond
sides in any war, conflict and ideology in the eyes of Islam and Shariah.”
Masud, who is the imam of the Sholakia Eid
congregation, told the Dhaka Tribune: “Our Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SM) always
instructed keeping children and woman away from any unrest or humiliation.
Hadith says in many places that children would get Jannat (heaven) if they are
killed in any situation. They have no sin.
“If anyone uses children as shields in such
a heinous manner, they will be punished. This practice of militants is
unacceptable. Militancy is not recognised by the holy religion,” he added.
Bangladesh Islamic Foundation’s Director
General Shamim Mohammad Afzal said: “This is not Islam. Islam always respects
and protects Muslims and other believers. Killing children is unacceptable in
Psychologist Dr Mehtab Khanam said the
militants who were arrested alive needed to be examined to find out what drives
them to do this.
“We must carry out campaigns against such
activities,” she suggested.