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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 13, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 48 THE LETHIRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, June 13, 1973 Political murders, armed terrorism plagues Bangladesh By BERNARD WEINRAUB New York Times Service DACCA, Bangladesh Politi- cal murders, communal unrest and armed terrorism are af- flicting Bangladesh, a nation born in violence 16 months ago. More than killings, many of them politically moti- vated, are said to have taken place since the war. At the same time militant labor and youth wings of the ruling Awaml league have begun a "purification drive" against "corrupt and pro Pakistani" elements. Soft new slinkies, enchanted fantasy flocks or brisk new plaids. They're all here! ksew there! 45" Screen Printed Warpknit 100% nylon. Washable. Ideal for hostess gowns, dresses and blouses. Yard Goods 45" Sheer-A-Rama blends b-36 R 11754. Soft and pretty fantasy flocks. Dots, flowers, stars. Voiles, fancies. 45" Boucle knit solids yd. c-36 R 35231. 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One of these is 91-year-old Maulana Bhashani called "grandpa" by his followers who furi- ously attacks India as "our greatest enemy" and who clear- ly represents a mood of anti- Hinduism that simmers in this Moslem nation. A recent one- day general strike, called by Bhashani, to protest inflation as well as government corrup- tion, virtually closed down all shops, offices and factories. A second, and possibly more threatening, anti government figure, is Maj. Mohammod Abdul Jalil, a 32-year-old form- er guerrilla commander who broke away from the Awami league and helped organize the National Socialistic Party. The Marxist Leninist opposition party, which has lured dissi- dent army officers, unemploy- ed youths and students, is also bitterly anti Indian. "India wants to make Bang- ladesh a market and we face military, political and econo- mic, infiltration by them" Jalil said in English in an inter- view in his guarded party of- fice near the center of Dacca. 'We are a revolutionary party. We don't believe in democ- racy. We don't believe in elec- tions. We believe in the total economic emancipation of the oppressed classes." Jalil, a bearded, long-haired figure, tightened his fist and said in a fierce whisper: "Our people are not being fed. There are children naked in the streets. There are no Jobs, no petrol, no oil. Corruption and inefficiency are everywhere, and the people see it with their o'vn eyes. There will be an up- surge, a revolt, mark my words." Although It Is obvious that the prime minister, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, remains the powerful and central political figure here, even bis associ- ates concede that the nation is undergoing a period of discon- tent and violent unrest. Sheikh Muji himself has warned against the "lawless- ness and disorder" in Bangla- desh. "These dangerous ele- ments, which did not support the liberation struggle, were now active to sabotage the country's hard earned free- dom" he said recently. 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