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PBCP 'second in command' killed in gunfight with Police in Khulna District: Purbo Bangla Communist Party (PBCP) 'second in command" Sohel Rana (26) was killed in a gunfight with Police at Jugnipasha under Fultola sub-District in Khulna District on April 25. Four Policemen were also injured during the gunfight. Police also recovered a six-shooter gun, 14 rounds of bullet and five hand bombs from the scene. Dhaka Tribune, April 25, 2015.

Interpol issues "red notice" for arrest of war crimes convict Abdul Jabbar: The International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) has issued a "red notice" for the arrest of war crimes convict Abdul Jabbar, a former Jatiya Party (JP) Member of Parliament (MP) from Pirojpur District. The Interpol list of wanted persons carried Jabbar's picture with details about the war crimes convict. On February 24, International Crimes Tribunal-1 (ICT-1) while sentencing Jabbar for imprisonment unto death for crimes against humanity during the Liberation War of 1971 had ordered the Police to arrest Jabbar with the help of Interpol. Dhaka Tribune, April 17, 2015.

JeI Senior Assistant Secretary General Mohammed Kamaruzzaman hanged at Dhaka Central Jail: Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) Senior Assistant Secretary General Mohammed Kamaruzzaman (63), the third most senior figure in the JeI was hanged was hanged on April 11 at 10:30pm at Dhaka Central Jail for crimes against humanity during the Liberation War of 1971. Kamaruzzaman is the second JeI leader to be hanged for atrocities during the 1971 war. Kamaruzzaman was arrested on July 13, 2010, and indicted on June 4, 2012. On May 9, 2013, International Crimes Tribunal-2 (ICT-2) handed over death penalty to Kamaruzzaman after finding him guilty of five out of seven charges leveled against him. Earlier, on December 12, 2013, JeI Assistant Secretary Abdul Quader Mollah (65), who earned the nickname 'Mirpurer Koshai (Butcher of Mirpur)' was hanged at Dhaka Central Jail. Daily Star, April 12, 2015.

Begum Khaleda Zia has gone back to her residence with agony of failure and defeat after staying in her office for 92 days aiming to topple Government, says PM Sheikh Hasina Wajed: Prime Minister (PM) Sheikh Hasina Wajed on April 7 said that Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia has gone back to her residence with the agony of failure and defeat after staying in her office for 92 days aiming to topple the Government. She said "Khaleda has suffered a heavy defeat, she got back home embracing failure and defeat. She had vowed to return home with a floral necklace around her neck, but she couldn't. Instead, she had to appear before the court and returned home after having been defeated from all aspects and with all the agonies." The Independent, April 8, 2015.

Buffer cell of ABT murdered blogger Mohamad Oyasiqur Rahman Babu, say Police: Police on April 1 said that a buffer cell of Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) murdered blogger Mohamad Oyasiqur Rahman Babu (27) on March 30 in Dhaka city and had been planned at least 15 days prior. ABT had used similar buffer cells, that they call "sleeper cell", for murdering Avijit Roy, another liberal blogger with atheist views, on February 27. The sleeper cells are managed by one field commander who recruits, trains and indoctrinates suitable candidates to carry out their plots. The cell members can only name that field commander and it becomes impossible to connect these plots to the larger organization or its leadership. Dhaka Tribune, April 2, 2015.

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