One dead in protest clash
Local media yesterday reported that police had opened fire on supporters of the nation’s largest Islamic party, leaving one man dead. The party members were enforcing a general strike to protest a court ruling that a party leader should be executed for war crimes. The United News of Bangladesh said police started firing yesterday in the western district of Meherpur after opposition supporters attacked security officials and critically stabbed a police official. The report says up to 15 people were injured in the violence. Police could not be reached immediately for comment. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court sentenced Abdul Quader Mollah, a senior member of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, to death for committing crimes against humanity during the 1971 independence war against Pakistan.
Editor flees after threats
A newspaper editor has fled the country following death threats and an armed attack on her home three weeks ago. Free Media Movement, a local media rights group, said Mandana Ismail Abeywickrema, the co-editor of the Sunday Leader newspaper, fled on Monday to a “North American country,” along with her journalist husband Romesh Abeywickrema and 12-year-old daughter. Five men held Mandana and her family at knifepoint and searched her Colombo home in a pre-dawn raid on Aug. 24, before police intervened. One intruder died after being shot by police and four others are being held in custody.