Police on Sunday foiled a mourning procession brought out by Jatiya Oikya Front in the capital protesting against the killing of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology student Abrar Fahad.
Several hundred leaders and activists of the alliance, led by its leader and Gonoforum president Dr Kamal Hossain, were out on the procession wearing black badges and holding black flags after a commemoration programme on Abrar at the National Press Club auditorium.
The police intercepted few minutes after the procession reached the Kadam Foara crossing at around 5:15pm when it was heading towards Central Shaheed Minar.
As the police said that the alliance leaders were not allowed to hold the procession, the JOF leaders locked in an altercation with the law enforcers and tried in vain to break through the police barricade.
At one stage, police allowed the vehicle carrying Dr Kamal to go to his Bailey Road residence, while the alliance leaders had to leave the spot in the face of obstruction by the law enforcers.
Addressing the commemoration programme on Abrar, JOF leader and key speaker at the event Dr Kamal Hossain said that those who killed Abrar were followers of the leader who had been ruling the country.
He alleged that terrorism had been institutionalised and termed Abrar’s killers as beasts.
Demanding resignation of the government, he alleged that the government was violating the constitution and becoming engaged in crimes.
Another speaker, Jatiya Smamjtantrik Dal ASM Abdur Rob urged the government to step down by handing over power to a national government so that people could elect their representatives.
BNP standing committee member Iqbal Hasan Mahmud Tuku, Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna, Gono Forum executive presidents Abu Sayeed and Subrata Chowdhury and Ganasasthya Kendra founder Zafrullah Chowdhury, among others, also spoke.
Abrar was beaten to death allegedly by Bangladesh Chhatra League leaders and activists at his residential hall on BUET campus.
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