Dhaka, Oct 16 (UNB) - Jatiya Oikyafront, led by Dr Kamal Hossain, on Wednesday decided to hold a public rally at Suhrawardy Udyan in the city on October 22, protesting the murder of Buet student Abrar Fahad.
The alliance will also launch a mass signature campaign both at home and abroad to register its protest against the murder of the meritorious student.
The decisions were taken at a meeting of the alliance’s steering committee held at Dr Kamal’s Motijheel chamber.
Talking to reporters after the meeting, Dr Kamal said, “We all are worried about the country’s situation. People are also concerned as different dreadful incidents have taken place recently.”
He said a brilliant and innocent student like Abrar was killed in a planned way. “This is really dangerous.”
Dr Kamal, also the President of Gonoforum, said their meeting discussed various incidents, including Abrar killing, which have taken place in the country recently, and decided to hold a public rally at Suhrawardy Udyan on September 22.
At the rally, he said, the alliance leaders will focus on the country’s overall situation.
Abrar Fahad, 21, a resident of Sher-e-Bangla Hall of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet), was beaten to death allegedly by some Chhatra League leaders and activists of the university unit on October 7.
On Sunday, police foiled a 'civic mourning rally' brought out by the Oikyafront in the city protesting the killing of Abrar Fahad.
Asked whether they will hold the rally if they are not given permission for it, Dr Kamal said they will take a decision on the matter considering the evolving situation.
“But the government should know it is violating the constitution by not allowing permission for the public meetings. The Constitution enshrined the right to ho hold meetings, rallies and express opinions. If the government violates the constitution, I think people should push them out (of power),” he observed.
Gonoforum General Secretary Dr Reza Kibria said Oikyafront will collect mass signature in Bangladesh and different countries across the world seeking the proper trial of Abrar murder, apart from the rally in the city.
“All the parties of our alliance will present the format of the mass signature campaign on their websites. This campaign will be launched almost following the similar model of protest as we did after the murder of my father (Shah AMS Kibria),” he said.
Reza said they will later inform all about the schedule to launch the campaign.
Once the campaign is over, he said, they will display the signatures in Dhaka and other major cities.
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal President ASM Abdur Rob, Nagorik Oikya Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna, Gonoforum Executive Presidents Prof Abu Sayeed, Subrata Chowdhury, BNP Standing Committee Member Iqbal Hasan Mahmud Tuku and Gonoshasthya Kendra Founder Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury were, among others, present at the meeting held with Dr Kamal Hossain in the chair.
Dhaka, Oct 15 (UNB) – Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Forum Convener Advocate Khandker Mahbub Hossain on Tuesday said pro-BNP lawyers will be there on the streets with politicians until the fall of the current government is ensured.
“People and lawyers have awakened. We’ll surely free Khaleda Zia through a strong agitation. We’ve taken a vow that we’ll remain in the field with politicians until an election is held under a neutral government and until the current regime’s fall is ensured,” he said.
Mahbub, also a BNP vice-chairman, came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after placing wreaths at party founder Ziaur Rahman’s grave together with leaders of the newly formed convening committee of Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Forum.
He demanded the government release all the arrested political leaders, including BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
The BNP leader alleged that Bangladesh has now turned into a den of corruption, killing, rape and enforced disappearance due to the ‘misrule’ of the current government.
“Who have set up casinos and who have given them shelter? You won’t be able to save big fish by arresting some corrupt elements. We’ll put all the corrupt people on trial,” he warned.
BNP standing committee members Moudud Ahmed, Mirza Abbas, Selima Rahman, and vice-chairmen Netai Roy Chowdhury and Mir Mohammad Nasir were, among others, present.
Dhaka, Oct 15 (UNB) – Claiming that BNP is not concerned at all at the murder of Buet student Abrar Fahad, Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Tuesday said the party wants to make it an issue for waging a movement.
“BNP wants to make the Abrar killing an issue to wage a movement as they failed to do so for various reasons,” he said while talking to reporters at the Secretariat.
Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, said quick action was taken after the murder. “Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina called the IGP and instructed him to arrest all the killers.”
Those involved with the incident have been arrested, he said, adding that the Prime Minister also directed the law minister for quick disposal of the case.
The ruling party leader questioned the logic behind the demonstration by the students of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) when all of their demands were met.
Meanwhile, the Buet students withdrew their protests in the evening as the university authorities accepted most of their demands.
They, however, announced to boycott all the academic activities until the killers are expelled from the university and law enforcers submit the charge-sheet in the Abrar Fahad murder case.
Mentioning that the Abrar killing is embarrassing for the party and the government, Quader said it will not be right to blame Bangladesh Chhatra League for the murder. “The party won’t take the responsibility for the misdeeds of a handful of activists. Those committed the crime will be brought under justice.”
He, however, said the government must take the responsibility for the incident as it is in power.
Abrar Fahad, 21, a second-year student of electrical and electronic engineering department of Buet, was beaten to death allegedly by Bangladesh Chhatra League leaders at Sher-e-Bangla Hall.
He was found dead on the staircase of the dormitory in the early hours of October 7 after the BCL leaders beat him at room-2011.
Dhaka, Oct 15 (UNB) – BNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed on Tuesday urged their party leaders and activists to have patience as the time is coming to oust the current ‘oppressive government’ through a mass upsurge.
“Many people think how long they’ll endure the repression. We’ve to withstand it for a few more days. I think a time will come when people will dislodge the repressive regime through a mass upsurge,” he said.
Speaking at a discussion, the BNP leader also said the sooner the current government quits the better for the country. “So, we demand the government step down immediately paving the path for forming a representative administration through a fair and credible election,” he said.
The BNP-led 20-party Alliance arranged the programme at the Jatiya Press Club in memory of Buet student Abrar Fahad who was killed reportedly by some Bangladesh Chhatra League leaders and activists last week.
About BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s imprisonment, he said, “I think Khaleda Zia’s release is not possible through the legal process. She won’t be freed on parole, and the only way to have her freed is a street movement. We must free her, and it’s now a matter of time.”
Moudud, a BNP standing committee member, said Khaleda’s release is now essential to ‘restore’ the rule of law, the independence of judiciary, press freedom and create an atmosphere in the country so that people can live in a civilised way.
He said the 20-party alliance will remain intact, but a greater platform involving patriotic and democracy-loving people must be formed to wage a successful movement and tackle the current situation.
The BNP leader said an anarchic situation has been prevailing everywhere while widespread corruption is going on as the current government has no accountability.
He said people have got fed up with the ‘evil’ activities of Chhatra League and Jubo League.
Moudud said Buet student Abrar’s murder has exposed that the government does not even hesitate to kill the dissidents. “This is a fascist attitude.”
He said people now know the ruling party-backed Chhatra League has created torture cells not only at Buet, but also at all the halls and dormitories of other universities, including Dhaka University. “They not only repress and beat the dissidents, but also the common students.”
BNP standing committee member Gayeshwar Chandra Roy said there are some ‘collaborators of the government’ in their party who are trying to free Khaleda on parole.
He said there is no reason for the BNP chief to be freed on parole or through a compromise with the government.
The BNP leader opposed different quarters’ demand for banning student politics, saying it is a conspiracy. “Banning student politics will be a suicidal decision…instead the evil politics in the name of student politics should be stopped.”
Dhaka, Oct 12 (UNB) – BNP senior leaders on Saturday alleged that the government has signed ‘anti-state’ deals with India only to hang onto power by appeasing the neighbouring country.
Speaking at a rally, they also urged people to wage a united movement to protect the country’s interests and sovereignty by ensuring the fall of the current government and thus value the blood of slain Buet student Abrar Fahad.
“We think the deals with India on withdrawal of Fen River water, use of Chattogram and Mongla ports and providing LPG and a Coastal Surveillance System are against the national interests,” said BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain.
He further said, “You (govt) have signed the deals due to your subservient foreign policy and the policy of appeasing India. The main motive behind such deals is to cling to power by force…this regime has sacrificed our interest only to stay in power.”
As part of its two-day programme, BNP arranged the rally in front of its Nayapaltan central office protesting the murder of Buet student Abrar Fahad and demanding the cancellation of ‘anti-state’ deals with India. Though the party was denied permission by the Dhaka Metropolitan Police, several thousand party leaders and activists gathered in front of their office and peacefully held the programme.
As the citizens of the country, Mosharraf said they have the right to register their protest against the ‘anti-nation deals’.
Mosharraf said the deals with India are not only against the country its independence and sovereignty, but also a move to establish imperialism in Bangladesh.
He said Abrar was killed by Bangladesh Chhatra League as he took position in favour of the country and its people and sovereignty through a status on Facebook. “You not only killed Abrar, but also buried the interests of the country’s people.”
Stating that the students and the country’s people have burst into protests over the death of the Buet student, the BNP leader said Abrar has initiated a movement for the fall of the current government by sacrificing his blood. “We believe the country’s patriotic people, and students will get united and don’t allow going Abrar’s blood in vain. This regime won’t be able to cling to power anymore.”
BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed said the current government has plunged into corruption, and it will not be able to get rid of it. “I think the fall of the current government is now just a matter of some time. People can’t tolerate such a regime for a long time.”
Protesting the murder of Abrar, he said Chhatra League has set up torture cells at halls and hostels in all the educational institutions across the country. “The killing of Abrar has seriously hurt the country’s people.”
Referring to the Prime Minister’s comment that she did not sacrifice the country’s interests, Moudud said, “People are not fools, and they know you’ve sold out the country’s sovereignty going to India. But you couldn’t bring anything for the country’s people in return. This failure will remain as a stigma of the current government in history.”
The BNP leader called upon people to get ready for launching a strong movement against the government. “This government can’t be allowed to stay in power. People will wage a united movement under the leadership of BNP and Khaleda Zia to oust the current regime and restore democracy in the country.”
BNP standing committee member Mirza Abbas said Sheikh Hasina unilaterally gave India everything through recent bilateral documents without bringing anything for the country’s people.
“As long as the government follows a knee-jerk foreign policy, it won’t be able to realise anything (from India) except sacrificing the country’s interests,” he added.