PM’s intervention sought for release of passenger welfare campaigner Mozammel

Police seeks permission to show him arrested in another case under explosives law

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:05, Sep 11,2018 | Updated: 00:10, Sep 11,2018

 
 
Bangladesh Jatri Kalyan Samiti

Mozammel Haque Chowdhury

The police on Monday sought court’s permission to show detained Passenger Welfare Association of Bangladesh secretary general Mozammel Haque Chowdhury arrested in separate case under the draconian Explosive Substances Act.
The fresh police move coincided with the rights activists and left politicians seeking intervention of the prime minister to set him free from the false extortion case.
The police implicated Mozammel in the fresh case
under the explosives substances act with the Kafrul police station.
The previous case of extortion was filed against him with the Mirpur police station.
At a news conference called by the passengers welfare association at the National Press Club e association leaders described Mozammel a victim of vested quarters’ conspiracy as he was vocal against the anarchic transport sector.
PWAB leader Shamsuddin Chowdhury said that
Mozammel was sent to the jail in a fabricated case for protesting deaths caused by road accidents and demanding justice.
He said that Mozammel was implicated in a new case only to save the police from the huge embarrassment it suffered after arresting him in the fabricated extortion case.
The PWAB and Mozammel’s family members requested prime minister Sheikh Hasina to release him and institute a judicial inquiry against those who implicated him in the fabricated case.
Transparency International Bangladesh chairperson Sultana Kamal said Mozammel protested against the country’s traffic indiscipline in a very polite way though at least 10 people were killed in accidents daily.
She said that the law enforcers were abusing laws in collaboration with the corrupt to harass innocent people.
Sultana said that if Sheikh Hasina does not control people around her history would testify that during her rule people were implicated in false case and sent to jails for trying to exercise their legitimate rights.
Ganasanghati Andolan chief coordinator Zonayed Saki said over Tk 20,000 crore changes hands in road sector’s extortions and many ministers were among the beneficiaries.
He said that the government was unhappy with Mozammel as he has been vocal against the anarchic road transport sector.
The conference was attended among other by Mozammel’s wife Riju Akter Chowdhury, PWAB vice president Khairul Ami, joint secretary Monirul Islam, organising secretary Mohiuddin Ahmed and executive committee member Aman Ullah Mahfuz.
On Monday, the police submitted an application in a court seeking permission to show Mozammel arrested in a separate case that was filed on February 13, 2018 under the explosives substances act though he was not named in this case.
Metropolitan magistrate Mazharul Islam directed the investigation officer of the case to appear in person on September 13 and explain why Mozammel, a campaigner for road safety and passengers’ interests, needs to be shown arrested in this case, seven months after it was filed.
Mojammel’s lawyer Jaidur Rahman told New Age that the police had filed this case in February after 33 cocktails were recovered from the Kafrul area.
He said that his client was being falsely implicated in this case only to harass him.
Mojammel who was vocal on extortion by the police and transport sector leaders was arrested by Dhaka’s Mirpur police in an ‘extortion case’ early Thursday at his home at Siddhirganj, Narayanganj and was placed on remand for one day.
The plaintiff, Md Dulal, who filed the case on September 4 alleging that Mozammel had demanded Tk two lakh from him over phone and collected Tk 10,000 from him on September 3, later admitted to reporters that he even did not know Mozammel.

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