Look at the language of this Daily Star article:
"Alert to possible violence, a couple of thousand AL men also joined
the prayers at Kataban Mosque, said Chhatra League General Secretary
Siddiqui Nazmul Alam.
The atmosphere in and outside the mosque was
completely different from other Fridays. There was calm all around with
the heavy presence of law enforcers and AL men outside the mosque."
In fact, why don't we just dispense with the police altogether and make sure the lovely men from the AL provide peace and security for all of us? This reminded me of a HRW article on the violence from a few weeks ago:
Although the demonstrations were initially peaceful, violence has
erupted in the last few days. Human Rights Watch was told by the
spokesperson at Jamaat-e-Islaami that some members of its youth wing,
Shibir, threw homemade bombs at the police, and that the police
retaliated against these attacks. Photographs have emerged, taken by
unknown people, which appear to show both police and protesters
resorting to violence. In one photo at least, police in riot gear are
pictured standing next to men in civilian clothes, who appear to be
firing on protesters.
Also compare the Daily Star account above with the latest from HRW here:
The police in Dhaka and other places used live ammunition against
protesters. Media reports suggest that most deaths were at the hands of
police, but supporters of the ruling Awami League party have also
engaged in vandalism and violence. The initial information received by
Human Rights Watch suggests that the police were responding to attacks
by Jamaat members and supporters that resulted in police and civilian
deaths after the party called for protests against the verdict. The
Jamaat party has denied that their members are responsible for any
lethal violence, but media reports indicate that members of Jamaat’s
Shibir group were responsible for several attacks, including against
Hindu temples and houses.
Violence by Jamaat thugs is repulsive, but hardly any more so than the violence regularly meted out by the Bangladeshi police and Awami League thugs. Also worth noting from the latest HRW statement is this, on the ICT trials:
...the trials conducted thus far have been replete with
irregularities. The defense has alleged intimidation and harassment of
their witnesses, including the November 2012 abduction of a witness from
the gates of the courthouse. In December 2012 The Economist
published a series of intercepted communications between the senior
judge and an external adviser, suggesting close and prohibited
collaboration between the judge, prosecutors, and the government. The
defense called for retrials in all the cases, but the ICT has refused to
consider the matter.