ONLY two days after the arrest of the most talked-about Mufti Hannan, bombs were blasted at Chandpur, Luxmipur and Chittagong. In all these towns and metropolis, the venues of explosion were the law courts. As was evidenced during the August 17 countrywide simultaneous bombings, the terrorists targeted the courts.
In the Chandpur blast, one person was killed and five persons -- mostly lawyers -- were injured. Two suspects were held. In Luxmipur also, one person was killed and 15 others -- including a judge and a policeman -- were injured. Earlier on Sunday two persons were killed and three others were seriously injured when some unidentified miscreants hurled bombs at a fish depot at Dalua Bazar in Tala Upazilla in Satkhira. Another powerful bomb rocked Brahmanbaria.
It seems the terrorists are undeterred and defiant. People also feel that on August 17 the terrorists only wanted to create a scare, now they plan to kill.
These incidents are clear signal that the terrorists are highly organised. arrests of a few cannot stop them. No one within or outside the government should have the complacency that terrorism is being effectively dealt with. A condition -- which came to the advantage of the terrorists -- is that they received indulgence from the powerful quarters.
The Home Ministry ordered all concerned to go for high level security steps during the month of Ramadan and Puja. The directive is reassuring and timely. But the question is whether the law enforcers will be able to maintain law and order, especially during Puja. Because it is dangerous to live with an evil force that defies authority.
Niketon, Gulshan, Dhaka