CPB wants charges pressed against lawyer Imtiaz lifted

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:05, Jul 23,2017 | Updated: 00:30, Jul 23,2017


Communist Party of Bangladesh on Saturday demanded that charges presses against Supreme Court lawyer Imtiaz Mahmud over his comments on Facebook should be withdrawn.
A case was filed against Imtiaz under Section 57 of Information and Technology Act in Khagrachhari on Friday for reportedly provoking sectarian violence by spreading wrong information in his Facebook page.
Shafiqul Islam, a resident of Khagrachhari town, lodged the case against the human rights activist.
CPB president Mujahidul Islam Selim and general secretary Shah Alam in a statement on Saturday termed the Section 57 ‘a black law’ and alleged that the section had been used indiscriminately to curtail people’s right to speak.
‘The section is not only an undemocratic one but also is used as a tool of oppression,’ the statement said.
It alleged that the people who write and talk against illegalities, injustice and tortures were being made accused in cases under section 57 of the act.
The CPB leaders also demanded that Imtiaz Mahmud, also a former leader of Bangladesh Students’ Union and Bangladesh Juba Union and a vocal activist for the rights of indigenous people in hills and plain lands, should not be harassed.

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