DGFI engineers BNP coup

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  • M Saifur Rahman “acting chairperson.”
  • Hafiz Uddin Ahmed “acting secretary general.”
  • 6 standing committee members held hostage at gun point.
  • Khandaker Delwar Hossain, ASM Hannan Shah missing.
  • DGFI — ATM Amin and Chowdhury Fazlul Bari — behind the coup.
  • “An absolute violation of the BNP constitution.”
  • [An E-Bangladesh report.]

    Bangladesh’s military intelligence agency has engineered a leadership takeover in BNP — one of the largest political parties in the country — after holding 6 out of the 14 standing committee members hostage at gun point for several hours. In a dramatic turn of events, former finance minister M Saifur Rahman has declared himself acting chairperson and Hafiz Uddin Ahmed acting secretary general of the party.

    Meanwhile, seating BNP secretary general Khandaker Delwar Hossain has disappeared from a hospital in Dhaka. Unconfirmed reports say that Delwar and BNP chairperson’s adviser ASM Hannan Shah were abducted by intelligence operators. Both were last seen with major ranking intelligence officers who surrounded them.

    In an email to E-Bangladesh, a highly placed source close to pro-Khaleda Zia faction of BNP detailed how a DGFI [Directorate General of Forces Intelligence] team led by two of its most influential deputy director generals — Brigadier Generals ATM Amin and Chowdhury Fazlul Bari — held top BNP leaders hostage to engineer a coup:

    Tonight two DGFI officers Brigadier General Chowdhury Fazlul Bari and Brigadier General ATM Amin rounded up 6 out of 14 standing committee members of BNP in the house of Mr. Saifur Rahman. The two Brigadier Generals are reportedly forcing Mr. Saifur Rahman to take over the post of acting chairperson and make Mr. MK Anwar secretary general and strip Mr. Khandaker Delwar from his present post. They are also proposing to bring back Mr. Mannan Bhuiyan back in the party and keep him in the standing committee.

    So far, Mr. Saifur Rahman has refused to accept this proposal. So have Dr. RA Gani, Mr. Shamsul Islam and Tanvir Ahmed Siddique. Mr. Saifur has also questioned the very presence of Mannan Bhuiyan, the expelled secretary general. The DGFI men are holding them at gun point and want it to be done by tonight.

    Earlier, last night, DGFI team went to Delwar’s place and threatened to arrest his sons and daughters and imprison him for life if he did not resign from his post.

    This has happened after General Moeen’s return from abroad. He reportedly was angry at Bari and Amin for delaying this plan so far. The civilian part of the caretaker government is helplessly watching this event as a spectator only.

    Another BNP leader has pointed out to an E-Bangladesh correspondent that the coup “is an absolute violation of the party [BNP] constitution.” “On many counts. Standing committee meeting can not be convened without chairperson’s order, so the meeting that took place was illegal. There is no provision of ‘acting chairperson’ or ‘acting secretary general’ plus nobody in the party has the authority to nullify any decision by the chairperson.”

    Earlier, vernacular daily Amader Shomoy, regarded by many as a DGFI mouthpiece, scooped about a “dramatic change” in BNP. News agency bdnews24.com reported about the meeting at M Saifur Rahman’s Gulshan residence that started Monday evening: “to reach conciliation between the two factions of the troubled party.”

    As Saifur emerged from the meeting he told newsmen at a hastily arranged midnight press briefing, “I have been made the acting chief of the party in the absence of the BNP chairperson because I am the most senior leader of the party

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    22 Responses to “DGFI engineers BNP coup”

    1. Tokai

      We are heading towards a completely rigged elections. The game is clear.

    2. Rahman

      General Moeen, Brigadier Generals Amin and Bari couped the BNP last night.They are threatening to kill BNP secretary general Khandaker Delwar Hossain and his family. Where are they now: No body knows. Please save life of Khandaker Delwar Hossain and his family. Please notify all international human rights organizations because human life and democracy are in danger. Please save Khandaker Delwar Hossain and his family.

    3. Nirbashito

      Isn’t this the same DGFI that was ravaged upon anyone who opposed BNP/Jamaat during 2001-2006? Could this be a matter of internal “reorganizational” of the BNP-army clique?

    4. Symond

      It would be grossly unfair to blame DGFI for what happened in BNP. People who follow BNP leaders’ informal meetings and exchanges with the media closely would agree that since Delwar was appointed as an acting secretary general, many of BNP’s top-brass leaders, including some former top-ranking army officers and very close confidantes of Begum, have always wanted to overturn that decision. Saifur, how naive ( a foul-crying old thug) he might appear now, had orchestrated the entire drama with the tacit support of close confidantes of Begum’s inner circle. The news about DGFI’s involvement certainly has a sensational aspect to that, but, as always, our propensity to dwell with sensations continue to keep us off from delving into the ever-evolving dynamics of party politics in Bangladesh.

    5. Selim

      Why the so called civil society and the ever vocal diplomatic community silent now after the life of BNP secretary general Khandaker Delwar Hossain has been threatened by two army officers. Where the human right activists have suddenly vanished? Why should the army chief involve army officers to force a political leader to resign from his appointment? Who has given him that mandate and authority? Should the few army thugs be allowed to ruin the whole country,politics and the disciplined force?

      In fact General Moeen has run out of patience. He is basically impatient and it has increased after his pleasure trip abroad with his family including his brother. He thinks he has arranged enough support from the international community and NRBs to be the next president. So he wants a election done according to his choice and timing, before his tenure ends. So, an electionwith some boot-licking MPs would give him the legitimacy of his coup and other illegal, immoral and unethical acts. At the same time he would use the army to force the members of the so called parliament to make him the president and bring in changes to presidential powers.

      To achieve this aim he needs to get the two ladies and their trusted lieutenants behind bars and disqualify them from election. Delwar was becoming an obstacle to his sweet dreams. So, he had to remove him at any cost. This is the reason of last night’s political coup: the most naked, most disgusting, most heinous crime ever committed by the Bangladesh army, who were forcefully dragged into it to fulfill the lust and greed of MUA.

    6. Imran

      Delwar son Paban, well known thug has been arrested on charge of being a Yaba dealer. The warrant was issued in the morning and the authorities were “too” expedient in tracking and taking him into custody. What about Saifur Rahman’s daughter and son-in-law who have also been reported to have been involved in Yaba distribution? I thought the law is the same for everybody? I guess I am wrong. It depends whether you are in the government’s court or in the other court.

    7. Nirbashito

      Any act endangering the life and safety of a citizen is deplorable. Not to mention extra-judicial killings.

      But the BNP govt carried on those HR violations with the excuse that it had the people’s support. It used the same DGFI for torturing anybody that opposed it. Well, being a HR proponent myself, I am honestly worried about the safety of Delawar Hossain now. And I also have a feeling his son may have been framed and is paying the price for his father’s sticking to his guns.

      On the other hand, BNP’s coup is just another reshuffling of leadership… of a party that was born in the cantonment, nurtured by the cantonment, and used by the cantonment… until it got out of control. I cringe at the idea of Moeen becoming the next president (given his performance so far as the Chief Martial Law Administrator), but I do not think he is behind the coup all by himself, and even if he is, he is not doing this for his personal gains (i.e. it must’ve been a collective decision). As I indicated before (pardon my typo there), this “coup” is an entirely internal matter of the party; a party that has always been a clique of opportunists and thugs with (mostly false) claims to elitist pedigrees.

      BNP never had any grass-roots; nor did it ever care about the common people: the fact that it’s been possible to “hijack” this party using a couple of security agents wielding a pistol is proof of that.

    8. Iconus Clustus

      @ Nirbashito… the current CTG is revamped BNP-army clique… this has been a foregone conclusion by now.

    9. Iconus Clustus

      @ Symond… seems like you have a source of news that is radically different from that of the rest of the people here as well as everywhere else. Would you care to cite the source?

      DGFI has had a history of being involved in Bangladesh politics… sources: countless dailies and reports published in last 36 years. DGFI’s involvement with the Jamaatis is yet another story…

      It will be naive of Mr. Moeen not to pay heed and also not to utilize this department’s expertise in securing his exit plan (of whatever kind). The rest should follow from there… pretty basic logic I think.

    10. Kalam55

      We salute you Khandaker Delwar Hossain for standing up and rising up to the occasion. You have courageously shrugged off threats to your life and your family and refused to listen to the unlawful orders of the pharaoh Moeen and his gang. The country needs a brave leader like you.

    11. Selim

      In addition to what Iconus Clustus has replied to Symonds, some facts presented by Symonds need a little correction also.

      Delwar was not the acting secretary general but was and still is the secretary general of BNP. There is no provision of acting secretary general or acting chairperson in BNP’s constitution. That some leaders would oppose Delwar’s appointment is quite natural and happens in all parties. There were many opponents of Mannan Bhuiyan and Jalil in their parties.

      Saifur declared his resignation from politics but was forced into this followoing a death/jail threat on his son, daughter and son-in-law. Police and army cordoned his house as means of coercion. The picture in Prothom Alo shows someone holding Saifur’s hand to shake hands with Mannan Bhuiyan. That hand is reportedly a DGFI hand.

      The dynamics of party politics in Bangladesh has so far dwelled half its age around the cantonment and DGFI has always been influential in such political acts. As such politics in Bangladesh is not evolving but sill revolving around the northern hemisphere.

      So, the involvement of DGFI in yesterday’s incident was regular/natural and not sensational at all. What was sensational was the overdoing by the agency which surpassed all previous atrocities.

    12. Mahathir

      Now time to wake up for all Bangladeshis to resist the evil design of army. Supporters of this CTG should rethink about their support.

    13. Akash

      A friend sent this email that I want to share:

      Democracy from the generals, to the generals and again from the generals. In 1975, one general benefited from the bloody change and assumed the responsibility to steer this nation into development and democracy and was met with a bloody fate and it was due to grievances and ambitions of other generals. In 1982, it was another general who stepped in to rescue the nation and this general had to be dragged down from power. In 1991 the widow of the first general became the elected leader of a democracy who had to be forced to make election fair. With a brief interlude from 1996 to 2001 but not without the support of generals the democracy again opted for the generals widow and this time the orphans of the general became part of ruling clique and got a little greedy. After 5 years of looting, plundering and misrule democracy was not working and it was time for the generals to step in again and now we all are waiting for the new phase of democracy again from the generals.

    14. Iconus Clustus

      Isn’t it fun to its fullest and widest sense when you know that you have done it while you see everyone else fighting over it, dyign over it, debating over it, and everything else!? DGFI man… it must be a really humorous place to hang out.

    15. Jagoruk Manush

      BNP, a party of the generals, born in the green house of the cantonment, nurtured by the generals, conspirators and cohorts, will always remain the most vital tool to keep control of army oligarchs over our democracy and politics. Failing in the plan to assassinate and dissect Awami League, Moeen U and his US patron have become desperado to revive and reinstate BNP in it’s old role as villain of democracy.

      As long as our public and our politicians will not have guts to ask trial of our generals (Zia, Mohabbatjan, Nurul Islam, Ershad, Mahmood, Rezakul Haider, ZI Khan, Masud, Moeen U etc.) for illegitimate meddling in to our national politics by undermining glorious legacy of our politics, infecting politics with corruption and historical distortion, till then democracy will always be treated as a leashed pet by this nexus of evil generals. As long as Maoists are visible in Nepal, CPM is ruling W. Bengal and a geriatric form of socialist decadence controls Burma, till then, this army along with Jamaat reaction will get unconditional support and protection from USA to cling to our politics like a leech.

    16. Nirob shakkhi

      GUYS!!! PLEASE MAKE NO MISTAKE; DGFI IS A SMALL FLY IN THE WHOLE SOUP. THEY HAVE NO GUTS OR ANY SCOPE OF DOING THINGS ON THEIR OWN.

      DGFI IS A CURSE; ALL DIRECTIVES FOR THEM COME FROM THE HQ; IT COULD BE AHQ OR PRIME MINISTERS HQ OR THE PRESIDENTIAL PALACE.

      ZIA/ERSHAD/KHALEDA/HASINA/KHALEDA AND MOEEN EVERY ONE HAS USED DGFI OR USING DGFI. IT IS FORCE WITHIN THE FORCE.

      THEY WILL BE USED AND MANY OF THEM THOSE MILITARY IDIOTS THINK THEY ARE THE MIGHTY FORCE AND THEY TAKE THINGS VERY PERSONALLY.

      BANGLADESH IS A COUNTRY FULL OF FORGETFULL PEOPLE AND THEY TEND TO TURN BLIND EYES ON ISSUES WHICH ARE FULL OF CONTROVERSY.

      ANY POLITICAL GOVT CAN ABOLISH DGFI BUT THEY ARE AFFRAID OF THE ARMY CHIEF AND THAT’S WHY THEY NEVER GO ON THIS GREY OF ANNOYING THE CHIEF.

      I THINK DAY WILL COME WE SHALL SEE THE END OF THIS KIND OF ORGANISTIONS.

    17. Atif Mahmud Sajid. [Exucative-Atlantic Int.Corp.US ] Former V.P-Dhaka College.

      Wait & See… The People of Bangladesh
      Will Not Secrifice…..

    18. KhahSahib

      Thanks Allah that at list there are few Brave honest man still in Bangladesh like those officers who faced those corrupt criminal politician. Uncover their crimes. Hope we didn’t forget the abundant luxury cars in the street. bag full of money abounded on the parks & the money smuggled away to foreign accounts. The killing people by burning them in Bus by using Gunpowder in strikes . This politicians are murderers who cleans up them self by being elected , Politicians are in politics only for money. Now my question is do we need this kind of politicians more or we need more patriots like the officers who arrested the powerful criminals?

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