To get the ball going, here's a quote from Sheikh Hasina, from an interview in the Bangladeshi English language paper, the Daily Star:
“They don’t believe in democracy, they believe in criminal
activities. So, their politics is politics of crime,” Hasina told
journalists while visiting the bereaved family of the 30-year-old
blogger at their residence at Pallabi in the capital Saturday afternoon.
“They don’t have any right to do politics in a free Bangladesh, they don’t, they don’t,” Hasina said in a choked voice.
would appear to indicate that the government's primary argument for
wishing to ban Jamaat-i-Islaami (henceforth referred to as JI) appears to be the violence that its youth wing, Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS), has been deploying in its confrontations with the police.
Fingers have now also been pointed at ICS as the prime suspect in the murder
of the Shahbag blogger, Ahmad Rajib Haidar. The problem with this
argument is that JI and ICS do not hold a monopoly on politically
motivated violence in Bangladesh. The student wings of the two major
political parties, the Awami League (AL) and the Bangladesh Nationalist
Party (BNP) are themselves notorious for acts of violence perpetrated against members of other parties' youth wings. To take a recent example, members of the Awami League student wing (BCL) beat and hacked to death Bishwajit Das, a young man who was mistaken for a member of the opposition. The representative of BCL was moreoever quick to blame the opposition student wings for the death.