The situation in the Sylhet area has changed following the dreadful militant attacks at Gulshan and Sholakia, that took place in the wake of a series of targeted killings.
The spread of militancy and side by side involvement of children of rich families and students of higher educational institutions have made all worried. There is fear in public minds of fresh attacks as a good number of youths reportedly went missing and joined militant activities.
As the eyes of international militant organisations are fixed on Bangladesh, the members of the law enforcement agencies are trying to find out their involvement and the roots of the extremists inside the country.
Students, teachers, cultural activists as well as alems-ulemas and different religious organisations in Sylhet area have already come out on the streets to combat militancy. People belonging to different classes and professions are also vocal against militant activities. Although there is no understanding among the political parties on the issue, solid unity has developed against militancy among the people from the different kinds of people in Sylhet district and 13 upazilas.
The indication of all-out resistance against the militancy in the district area has already been visible and multi-prong activities have started. Leaders and activists of political parties as well as social, cultural and professional organisations are out in the field with programmes. Everyday, different anti-militancy programmes, meetings, rallies, seminars and human chains are being held. People are joining spontaneously in these programmes of socio-cultural resistance and call for national unity.
The education ministry has also moved about as a section of the students of major educational institutions joined militant activities. Motivational programmes aimed at bringing back the derailed students to normal life are being undertaken. Special instructions are being sent to all kinds of educational institutions including higher educational institutions, schools, colleges and madrasas. Views exchange meetings and rallies with the authorities of those institutions are being arranged.
Meetings are being held separately with those associated to private universities, English medium schools, public universities, government and private colleges under National University and madrasas. The opinions of all are being gathered. On completion of these series view exchange meetings, integrated directives will be issued.
Vigilance on educational institutions has already been enhanced. Under the instructions of the authorities, resistance committees comprising students and teachers have been formed. Rallies and human chain programmes against militancy are being organised.
The Chairman of UGC has announced human chain programmes in all universities of the country on August 1 marking completion of one month of the Gulshan café attack.
The freedom fighters in Sylhet also have vowed to combat the militancy.
Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (Sust) brought out an anti-militancy rally on its campus Thursday.
The rally which started in front of the administrative building was attended by Sust Vice-Chancellor Prof Aminul Haque Bhuiyan.
“Bangladesh is a secular country and there is no room for militants, said the VC.
The university staff, teachers and students also took part in the rally that marched through the campus.
North East University, Bangladesh arranged an anti-militancy meeting on its campus on Thursday.
The meeting which started in front of the administrative building was attended by its Vice-Chancellor Khalilur Rahman.
Leading University arranged an anti-militancy meeting on its campus on Monday.
The meeting was attended by its Vice-Chancellor Dr. Kamruzzaman Chowdhury.
On the occassion, Sylhet Metropoliton Police arrange a community Policing meeting in Mohammod Ali Gymnasiam in Sylhet City on Saturday. SANAK, Imam, many educational institute, social and islamic organisation joined the meeting.