Dhaka: Bangladesh today ordered the law
enforcement agencies to use maximum combat force against
suspected Maoists, a day after the ultras killed three
policemen at a remote area in northwest Pabna district.
"State Minister for Home Shamsul Haque Tuku asked the law
enforcement agencies to use maximum combat power to face the
extremists," a local journalist told PTI quoting the minister
as he visited the scene at Bera.
The journalist said Tuku asked the police and elite
anti-crime Rapid Action battalion (RAB) troops to track down
the suspected killers and bring them to justice.
"The extremists suddenly fired gunshots killing instantly
our camp in charge and two other policemen" at remote Daspara
area at a river island, Pabna`s assistant police
superintendent Jamil Ahmed told PTI over phone.
He said police sub-inspector Kafiluddin and two others
came under sudden attack of suspected operatives of a faction
of the banned Maoist outfit Burba Banglar Communist Party (Lal
Pataka) as they went to a nearby village bazaar last night to
collect fuels for cooking.
"They all were unarmed as the extremists gunned them
down," Ahmed said, adding an initial report saying a police
informant too was killed was eventually found untrue as he was
found alive later.
The motive behind the killing was not clear and incident
came as security experts in recent months feared Maoist
uprising in northwestern and western regions as a massive
campaign was underway to uproot extreme rightwing Islamist
militants, police said.
Television reports said RAB and police force have
launched a massive manhunt in the area while many villagers
are fleeing their homes fearing arrests or police actions.
Several ultra-left groups were operational in the region
but officials and police said they just live on extortions
while a policeman was killed at the same area in 2003.
"The so-called ultra-left forces are trying to reappear
in western and northwestern region with new strength and the
biggest worry is if they would be linked up with Indian
Maoists," security analyst retired major general ANM
Muniruzzaman told PTI.
Asked about political motivation of the Bangladeshi ultra
left groups, he said, "Those who really belong to ultra left
ideology could use these elements for their lethal force."