Several thousand of activists of Islami Andolan Bangladesh on Friday demanded immediate removal of Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha as well as the sculpture of Greek Lady Justice from the Supreme Court complex.
They made the demand from a rally at the south gate of Baitul Mokarram national mosque after Juma prayers.
They also threatened of tougher movement if the government does not remove the sculpture and the chief justice for hurting the religious sentiment of Muslims before the holy month of Ramadan.
The sculpture of the Greek Lady Justice holding a scale and sword in her hands was installed in December in front of the Supreme Court building near national Eidgah.
The sculpture is wrapped in a sari, a Bangladeshi revision of the usual representation, the Greek goddess Themis blindfolded and clad in a gown.
Islamist groups of Bangladesh have been opposing the installation of the Lady Justice statue considering it anti-Islamic.
Leaders and activists of Islami Andolan Bangladesh from across the country started converging at Baitul Mukarram from 10:00am.
They chanted different slogans including the demand for removal of Chief Justice for hurting the religious sentiment of Muslim.
After Juma prayer supporters of the Islamist organisation from different mosques of the capital also joined the rally stretching from Purana Paltan to Dainik Bangla intersection.
Islami Andolan Bangladesh chairman Syed Muhammad Rezaul Karim said that the prime minister in a meeting on April 11 agreed with their demand saying she also dislikes the sculpture at the Supreme Court premises.
But, he said, it is unfortunate that the sculpture was not removed from the Supreme Court premises till date.
Rezaul blamed the Chief Justice for hurting the religious sentiment of Muslim by setting up the sculpture on his own decision and demanded his removal.
He called on the leaders and activists of his party as well as all the Muslim community to prepare for a greater movement from the month of holy Ramadan if the sculpture was not removed.
Nayeb-e-ameer of Islami Andolan Bangladesh Faizul Karim said Bangladesh is a Muslim-majority country where 92 per cent people are Muslims.
‘So we cannot accept any sculptures or idols in front of the Supreme Court or any public place,’ he said adding that the Chief Justice hurt the religious sentiment of 92 per cent people of the country.
Faizul criticized the left leaders especially Rashed Khan Menon, Hasanul Haq Inu and Moinuddin Khan Badal for taking stance in favour of the sculpture and said the left leaders would have to face dire consequence if they continued supporting the sculpture and taking stance against Muslim.
Islami Andolon Bangladesh sought permission to hold the rally at Suhrawardy Udyan but Dhaka Metropolitan Police allowed them to hold the rally in front of Baitul Mokarram mosque.
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