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Prominent Bangladesh professor stabbed: Writer's wife says, "fundamentalists have done this"

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  • Tarek Fatah
    Friends, If anyone is in doubt about the real targets of the Islamists, this story from Bangladesh should disturb you. Those in denial about the dangers to
    Message 1 of 2 , Mar 1, 2004
      Friends,

      If anyone is in doubt about the real targets of the Islamists, this story
      from Bangladesh should disturb you. Those in denial about the dangers to
      Muslims from fundamentalists, should read this story.

      Read and reflect.

      Tarek Fatah
      ------------------
      February 28, 2004

      Humayun Azad stabbed, fighting for life

      The Daily Star,
      Dhaka, Bangladesh
      http://www.thedailystar.net/2004/02/28/d4022801011.htm

      Unknown assailants critically stabbed prominent writer Humayun Azad with
      butcher's knives in front of Bangla Academy last night in an attack his
      family blamed on fundamentalists.

      A profusely bleeding Azad, also professor of Bangla at Dhaka University, is
      undergoing treatment at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) with three
      stabs -- one at the back of his head and two in the left side of his face.

      Motives for the attempt on his life could not be known immediately, but
      co-authors and the victim's family blamed a fundamentalist section that
      threatened him with death for the launch of his latest work 'Pak Sar Zamin
      Saad Baad' [the Pakistani National Anthem] in November.

      "Fundamentalists have done this," Azad's wife Latifa Kohinoor alleged at the
      CMH. "Who else would do this? You know an MP even spat venom against him in
      parliament."

      "Why didn't you take security measures to protect him after such an outrage
      in parliament?" an incensed Latifa asked Dhaka Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka
      and State Minister for Home Lutfozzaman Babar at the hospital. The ministers
      kept mum in embarrassment, but later promised action to hunt down the
      attackers.

      DU [Dhaka University] teachers will demonstrate at the Teacher-Student
      Centre on the campus in protest against the attack this morning and Udichi
      and Sammilito Sangskritik Jote will also agitate there in the afternoon.

      Witnesses said the gang swooped on the 56-year-old linguist when he was
      waiting for a rickshaw to take him to his Fuller Road house on the campus
      from the Ekushey Book Fair.

      "Emerging from the Agami Prokashani stall that he frequented during the book
      fair, Prof Azad was walking out of the Bangla Academy," a DU student who
      witnessed the incident told reporters at Dhaka Medical College Hospital
      (DMCH) where he was first taken from the scene.

      "A young man approached him for an autograph at the Bangla Academy gate. He
      gave him an autograph and crossed the road to take a rickshaw," he narrated.

      Four to five youths, who were shadowing him, emerged from the direction of
      Suhrawardy Udyan and hemmed him, he said.

      As Prof Azad cried for help, a loud blast rocked the area. Some people said
      it was a bomb explosion, some said it was a gunshot, but police said the
      attackers exploded a homemade bomb in their attempt to get away.

      While panic-stricken visitors to the fair began running helter-skelter for
      cover, some DU students found him lying in a pool of blood. They rushed him
      to the DMCH. As Azad's condition deteriorated for profuse bleeding and blood
      of his B-negative group was not available there, he was shifted to the CMH
      at 10:45pm.

      After the news spread, hundreds of DU students, teachers and fans crowded
      the DMCH emergency gate and police held them back from surging into ward No
      32 where he was being treated.

      DU students brought out a procession on the DU campus at 11:00 last night in
      protest against the attack. The procession beginning from Nilkhet area
      marched through the campus shouting slogans for immediate arrest and trial
      of the attackers.

      Immediately after the incident, policemen cordoned the scene of the attack
      and seized a butcher's knife, but nobody was arrested until 1:00am today.

      "We have deployed adequate force who are conducting raids at different city
      points to arrest the attackers," Assistant Commissioner of police (Ramna
      Zone) Morshedul Hasan said. "We're yet to talk to Prof Azad's family. We
      hope to find some clues to the attack once we talk to them."

      Talking to The Daily Star, Azad's daughter Mouli Azad said her father left
      home at 5:00pm."And we got a call at around 9:45pm that he was attacked in
      front of Bangla Academy." Talking on the motive for the attack, some
      publishing house staff said he was receiving threats from fundamentalists
      after his latest book 'Pak Saar Jamin Saad Baad' was published in a national
      Bangla daily's Eid issue on November 20.

      Addressing a demonstration at Baitul Mukarram National Mosque on December
      12, leaders of an anti-Ahmadiyya outfit demanded arrest and trial of Prof
      Azad for the novel.

      On January 25, a Jamaat lawmaker demanded introduction of a blasphemy act in
      parliament to block the publication of such books. On the government action
      to arrest the attackers and dig out the motive, the state minister for home
      said: "We are engaging all-out efforts to find out whether he was attacked
      for personal enmity or there were other schemes."

      "We will do everything necessary, but let him recover first."

      Prof Azad, who has penned 50 books of poetry, novels, articles, comparative
      literary books, is a staunch feminist and a fearless critic of human rights
      violation.

      He received the Bangla Academy Award in 1996.
    • Tarek Fatah
      Friends, If anyone is in doubt about the real targets of the Islamists, this story from Bangladesh should shake you up. Those in denial about the dangers
      Message 2 of 2 , Mar 1, 2004
        Friends,

        If anyone is in doubt about the real targets of the Islamists, this story
        from Bangladesh should shake you up. Those in denial about the dangers
        fundamentalists pose to fellow Muslims, should read this story.

        Read and reflect.

        Tarek Fatah
        ------------------
        February 28, 2004

        Humayun Azad stabbed, fighting for life

        The Daily Star,
        Dhaka, Bangladesh
        http://www.thedailystar.net/2004/02/28/d4022801011.htm

        Unknown assailants critically stabbed prominent writer Humayun Azad with
        butcher's knives in front of Bangla Academy last night in an attack his
        family blamed on fundamentalists.

        A profusely bleeding Azad, also professor of Bangla at Dhaka University, is
        undergoing treatment at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) with three
        stabs -- one at the back of his head and two in the left side of his face.

        Motives for the attempt on his life could not be known immediately, but
        co-authors and the victim's family blamed a fundamentalist section that
        threatened him with death for the launch of his latest work 'Pak Sar Zamin
        Saad Baad' [the Pakistani National Anthem] in November.

        "Fundamentalists have done this," Azad's wife Latifa Kohinoor alleged at the
        CMH. "Who else would do this? You know an MP even spat venom against him in
        parliament."

        "Why didn't you take security measures to protect him after such an outrage
        in parliament?" an incensed Latifa asked Dhaka Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka
        and State Minister for Home Lutfozzaman Babar at the hospital. The ministers
        kept mum in embarrassment, but later promised action to hunt down the
        attackers.

        DU [Dhaka University] teachers will demonstrate at the Teacher-Student
        Centre on the campus in protest against the attack this morning and Udichi
        and Sammilito Sangskritik Jote will also agitate there in the afternoon.

        Witnesses said the gang swooped on the 56-year-old linguist when he was
        waiting for a rickshaw to take him to his Fuller Road house on the campus
        from the Ekushey Book Fair.

        "Emerging from the Agami Prokashani stall that he frequented during the book
        fair, Prof Azad was walking out of the Bangla Academy," a DU student who
        witnessed the incident told reporters at Dhaka Medical College Hospital
        (DMCH) where he was first taken from the scene.

        "A young man approached him for an autograph at the Bangla Academy gate. He
        gave him an autograph and crossed the road to take a rickshaw," he narrated.

        Four to five youths, who were shadowing him, emerged from the direction of
        Suhrawardy Udyan and hemmed him, he said.

        As Prof Azad cried for help, a loud blast rocked the area. Some people said
        it was a bomb explosion, some said it was a gunshot, but police said the
        attackers exploded a homemade bomb in their attempt to get away.

        While panic-stricken visitors to the fair began running helter-skelter for
        cover, some DU students found him lying in a pool of blood. They rushed him
        to the DMCH. As Azad's condition deteriorated for profuse bleeding and blood
        of his B-negative group was not available there, he was shifted to the CMH
        at 10:45pm.

        After the news spread, hundreds of DU students, teachers and fans crowded
        the DMCH emergency gate and police held them back from surging into ward No
        32 where he was being treated.

        DU students brought out a procession on the DU campus at 11:00 last night in
        protest against the attack. The procession beginning from Nilkhet area
        marched through the campus shouting slogans for immediate arrest and trial
        of the attackers.

        Immediately after the incident, policemen cordoned the scene of the attack
        and seized a butcher's knife, but nobody was arrested until 1:00am today.

        "We have deployed adequate force who are conducting raids at different city
        points to arrest the attackers," Assistant Commissioner of police (Ramna
        Zone) Morshedul Hasan said. "We're yet to talk to Prof Azad's family. We
        hope to find some clues to the attack once we talk to them."

        Talking to The Daily Star, Azad's daughter Mouli Azad said her father left
        home at 5:00pm."And we got a call at around 9:45pm that he was attacked in
        front of Bangla Academy." Talking on the motive for the attack, some
        publishing house staff said he was receiving threats from fundamentalists
        after his latest book 'Pak Saar Jamin Saad Baad' was published in a national
        Bangla daily's Eid issue on November 20.

        Addressing a demonstration at Baitul Mukarram National Mosque on December
        12, leaders of an anti-Ahmadiyya outfit demanded arrest and trial of Prof
        Azad for the novel.

        On January 25, a Jamaat lawmaker demanded introduction of a blasphemy act in
        parliament to block the publication of such books. On the government action
        to arrest the attackers and dig out the motive, the state minister for home
        said: "We are engaging all-out efforts to find out whether he was attacked
        for personal enmity or there were other schemes."

        "We will do everything necessary, but let him recover first."

        Prof Azad, who has penned 50 books of poetry, novels, articles, comparative
        literary books, is a staunch feminist and a fearless critic of human rights
        violation.

        He received the Bangla Academy Award in 1996.
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