BANGLADESH: Threat to kill Rupsha UZ journos

New underground group says it will kill correspondents, blow up press club

The Daily Star
Wedensday, January 10, 2007

A newly floated underground party on Monday threatened to kill Rupsha upazila correspondents of all national and local dailies and blow up Rupsha Press Club in bomb attack.

Rupsha Upazila Press Club president and crime reporter of local Dainik Probarton received a letter on Monday afternoon mailed to him from Khulna GPO by 'Purbo Bangla Mission Juddho (PBMJ)', a newly formed underground party.

The computer composed letter signed by one Abir Hasan said PBMJ has been formed only in Khulna district with Faruque Rashid as operation commander. It has already formed units in all upazilas in the district, the letter said.

The letter said Rupsha upazila correspondents of local and national dailies will be killed in phases. The killing mission will be conducted at an opportune time.

Murders of Journalists Humayun Kabir Balu, Manik Saha and Sheikh Belaluddin committed by other underground parties are not enough. More murders of media men are badly needed in the south-western region, PBMJ letter added.

Khulna Police Super has been informed of the death threat given by the outlawed party.