Sunday, 17 October, 2021

Countering threat of militancy

Recent arrest and confessional statements of a number of activists of banned militant outfits from different parts of the country have appeared to be a renewed threat of militancy. As per confession of the arrestees, the outlaws are trying to reorganise themselves for carrying out acts of sabotage throughout the country afresh. They had targeted the government establishments and the members of law enforcement agencies. But, luckily, the law enforcers have foiled their ill-motive by timely arresting them.

However, the Taliban's victory in Afghanistan seems to have boosted the morale of militant groups, fuelling a concern of revival of militancy in the country. The history of the country's militancy trend which started in the 1990s has a deep connection with the Taliban. Bangladeshi Mujahideen who came back from the anti-Soviet Afghan war later formed several local militant groups like Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), Harkat-ul-Jihad-al Islami Bangladesh (HUJI-B) and other terrorist organisations.

The terrorist groups had aimed to establish a Taliban-style administration in the country by force. Over the past decades, these organisations killed lots of people countrywide. Back in 2005, the JMB detonated 500 bombs in 63 districts of the country, killing three innocent people and injuring over 100 others. Later, our security forces arrested most of the kingpins of the militant groups within a few years. They were found guilty and hanged for assassinating two judges in the bomb attack and for masterminding the bomb explosions across the country.

But, their followers escaped and went underground. They pose a constant threat for the entire nation. Whenever they find it suitable, they try to raise their heads to materialise their ugly design. This time also, they are trying to regroup themselves to carry on destructive activities. Apprehending danger ahead, the law enforcers nabbed some of them with arms and ammunition and later extracted valuable information on their nefarious design. Law enforcers should remain ever vigilant against likely rise of militancy. They should mobilise their resources to counter militancy at any cost without delay for a moment. They should adopt a zero-tolerance policy against the criminals and go tough against them to crush the renewed threat of militancy. We urge the authorities concerned to step-up their anti-terrorism efforts.