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Alarming Surge in Targeted Attacks and Killings in Bangladesh: A Deepening Crisis

Over the past few days, Bangladesh has witnessed a disturbing escalation in targeted attacks and killings, raising concerns about the safety and security of its citizens. These incidents have claimed the lives of several individuals, while others have been left injured and traumatized.

1. Ershad Ali Dulal, a 48-year-old rural doctor from Rajshahi, was brutally attacked on the night of October 29. His abduction from Krihstaganj Bazar in the Parila Union, under Chandrima Police Station, Rajshahi, was carried out by an estimated group of 7-8 individuals who used a microbus. Ershad Ali Dulal was subjected to a horrendous stabbing, highlighting the sheer brutality of the assailants.

2. Golam Kazeem Ali, a 46-year-old dermatologist from Rajshahi, also faced a grave assault on the night of October 29. His attack took place at Bernali More as he was returning home. He was attacked by around 7-8 individuals, suffering multiple stabbing injuries.

3. Masud Rana, the Joint Secretary of bilmaria Union Jubo Dal in Lalpur Upazila, was abducted from his home on the night of November 3. He was taken in a white microbus and later found dead at Gopalpur Adarsha Mahila Degree College. This incident involved the apparent involvement of Detective Branch (DB) personnel.

4. Shafikul Islam, an auto-rickshaw driver from Bhola, was stabbed in an attack on October 30 in East Ilisha, Ilisha Union, Bhola.

5. Mahbubur Rahman, Chairman of Payrabond Union Parishad, Mithapukur, and a Jamaat-e-Islami leader, was attacked in the evening of November 5 and brutally killed.

The injured individuals include:

1. Fazlur Rahman, the Secretary of Jamaat-e-Islami in Natore Naldanga Upazila, who was attacked on October 27 in front of Natore Naldanga Government High School. He was brutally assaulted with Chinese axes and sticks, sustaining injuries to both legs. Approximately 4-5 assailants wearing helmets were involved.

2. Alauddin, a physician and Ward Jamaat-e-Islami Leader from Narshatpur, Naldanga, was subjected to a sharp weapons attack on October 25 by assailants wearing helmets.

3. Nurshad Ali, the Imam of Bhattapara Mosque, Naldanga, had his hands severed in an attack during the third week of October. The assailant was wearing a helmet.

4. A student of Rajshahi College fell victim to an attack on October 30, around 7 PM in Bhadra, Rajshahi. The assailant, a local political extremist, slashed the student from the naval to the throat with a sharp weapon.

5. Mosharraf Hossain, the Union JI Ameer of Khajura, Naldanga Upazila, Natore, was abducted around 9 PM on October 30 and his body was disposed of at Sadhanagar Bill. He suffered severe injuries, including broken hands and legs, from a vicious attack involving sharp weapons and beatings.

6. Mr. Raju, a 45-year-old physician from RU, was attacked on the evening of October 30 at Amana Hospital under Boalia Police Station. The attack involved the use of sharp weapons.

7. Mr. Yakub, the Secretary of Jamaat-e-Islami in Companyganj Upazila, Noakhali, was assaulted on his way back from a Dhaka gathering on October 28/29 at Dudhmukha Bazar, Dagonbhuiyan Upazila. The extensive beating he endured resulted in head injuries and both his hands and legs being broken.

The common factor linking these horrifying incidents is the apparent affiliation of the victims with the ruling party, adding a deeply troubling dimension to the attacks. The surge in targeted violence underscores the urgent need for authorities to address this issue promptly, ensure the safety of citizens, and bring the perpetrators to justice. It is crucial for the international community and human rights organizations to closely monitor the situation and advocate for the protection of human rights in Bangladesh during these challenging times.

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