Public reps in south-west under terror threat

Public reps in south-west under terror threat

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96 UP chairmen killed in 3 decades; accused mostly out of dragnet
Lives of the elected public representatives in the south-western
region are under threat of terrorist attack, annihilating them at any
moment.In the past three decades, some 96 union parishad chairmen have been
killed brutally by terrorists in 10 districts of the region.
At present, the incumbent chairmen are passing their lives in most risky state.
In most cases, the accused are moving freely showing up their muscles
after killing of a chairman.Although these chairmen were elected through huge votes, it could not  be possible to bring a majority of the killers to book.
As a result, the accused have become desperate issuing threats to the
victims’ relatives further.The latest victim was Singhajhuli UP chairman of Chougaccha upazila of
Jessore and the district unit Chhatra League president Zillur Rahman who was killed on Thursday last.
Earlier this year, Putkhali UP chairman of Benapole and Awami League
leader Abdur Razzak was killed.Many chairmen took shelter in the towns leaving their own unions out of fear of their lives.
As a result, normal development works at the grassroots level local
government are being hampered.Sources said earlier Benapole Putkhali chairman Nuruddin was killed
allegedly by Awami League- backed terrorists while Benapole UP
chairman Abdul Karim was killed by unidentified miscreants.
On March 21, terrorists hacked to death Meherpur Mujibnagar Upazila
BNP joint secretary chairman Dr Hamidur Rahman Helal.
Helal’s daughter Setu, 17, a college student, also got killed in bomb
blast while attempting to save her father.Internal party conflict, village feuds, establishing supremacy in the
area, haat-bazar lease, capture of shrimp enclosures, smuggling and
control of syndicates and rivalry with extremists are main reasons
behind these killings.UP chairmen are the public representatives for development at the field level.
But the killers mostly remain out of the dragnet of the law enforcers
after killing them and other public representatives.Now the chairmen are living in extreme insecurity.
Many are living in the towns.Sometimes, they are also becoming victims in the towns too. -UNB, Benapole

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