Jamaat is Linked to Militancy: Tuku
Saturday, 10 July 2010

State minister for home Shamsul Hoque Tuku saus he believes religion-based party Jamaat-e-Islami is linked to Islamist militancy.

"Militancy emerged at Bagmara in Rajshashi; innocent people tied to trees were cruelly beaten to death."

Bagmara came into the spotlight for militant activities during the 2001-6 BNP-Jamaat government.

"At that time, Jamaat leader (Matiur Rahman) Nizami had said it (militancy issue] was created by the media. No one believes that Jamaat has any connection with militancy," Tuku said.

The junior minister was speaking at a congregation of Imams at Shaheed Satu Hall at around 11:30am on Friday. He also visited Rifles Battalion-39 headquarters.

About the recent campus violence, he said whoever commits crime will not be spared, irrespective of their party affiliation.

He also said some leaders and activists of pro-government Bangladesh Chhatra League's Jahangirnagar University unit have been expelled from the university and the organisation. Legal actions were being taken against them, he added

State minister for power Muhammad Enamul Haq, among others, accompanied the junior minister.

Source: bdnews24.com

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