Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Oikya Parishad and Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad on Monday sought the prime minister’s intervention for the immediate rescue of abducted lawyer Rathish Chandra Bhowmik alias Babusona.
Speaking at a news conference at the National Press Club, the leaders of the two organizations announced that on April 7, they would blockade the highways linking all the districts in the Rangpur and the Rajshahi divisions and the highways starting at all the divisional cities for one hour from 10 AM.
According to the members of his family, Rathish was abducted from his house at Tajhat on the outskirts of Rangpur City on March 30.
His family members filed a case with the Sadar police station in the city Sunday evening.
Quoting the complaint officer-in-charge Babul Miah told New Age Monday afternoon that a few unknown men abducted Rathish from a place close to his residence at Tajhat, on the outskirts of Rangpur city.
The OC said that the police detained nine persons for interrogations over Rathish’s kidnapping.
He said that family members filed the case alleging that Rathish had been kidnapped with the motive to murder him.
At the news conference, Oikya Parishad general secretary Rana Dasgupta read out a prepared statement.
The Rangpur City chapters of political parties and the members of the Rangpur Bar Association staged separate demonstrations to press the demand for immediate rescue of Rathish.
The Rangpur Bar Association observed a two-hour pen-down strike and local lawyers’ clerks formed a human chain in front of the district judge’s court at midday.
On March 18, a Rangpur court sentenced seven JMB men to death in the sensational case of murder of Rahmat Ali, a local leader of ruling Awami League and caretaker of a shrine at Kaunia.
As public prosecutor, Rathis had conducted the prosecution in the Rhamat Ali murder case.
As the public prosecutor Rathish was also conducting the prosecution case in the murder of Japanese citizen Kunio Hoshi.
Rathish is also the president of the Rangpur chapter of Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad and advisor of the Rangpur chapter of Hindu Buddhist Christian Oikya Parishad.
Rathis is also is the treasurer of district bar association and law affairs secretary of the Rangpur district chapter of ruling Awami League.
Rana Dasgupta said that the religious minority communities were suffering from insecurity and that their insecurity would increase in the run up to the general election set for December if the law enforcement agencies failed to rescue Rathish.
New Age correspondent in Rangpur reported that Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dall held human chain in front of the press club in the morning. District unit convener, Abdul Kuddus, and other members addressed the human chain.
Rangpur district unit of Khatriyo Samittee took out a procession and formed a human chain in front of the press club in the Rangpur city in protest against the abduction of Rathish.
Addressing the protesters, president of the samittee, Ajoy Prasad Babon, Secretary, Tushar Kanti Mandol and member, Nirojon Sarker demanded immediate rescue of Rathish and announced that they would launch a movement if he was not rescued immediately.
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