Delayed justice only marks dark era: roundtable

Staff Correspondent | Published at 01:15am on March 09, 2018


Professor Anu Muhammad addresses a discussion at the National Press Club in Dhaka on Thursday on ‘five years without justice after the killing of Tanwir Muhammad Taqi.’ — New Age photo

A group of citizens on Thursday said that Concerned citizens said on Thursday that the current period of time would be marked in future as a dark era as the number of justice seeking victims, mainly offended by ruling elites, continued growing due to culture of impunity.
At a roundtable commemorating the fifth anniversary of the murder of A-level student Tanwir Muhammad Taqi in Narayanganj, they said that delayed justice for Taqi, Tanu, Mitu and many other youth victims of ruling elites in the recent past only proved that the country was not being led by the spirit of the Liberation War.
Santras Nirmul Taqi Mancha hosted the event at National Press Club.
On March 6, 2013, Taqi was abducted in Narayanganj city on his way to a library. His corpse
was found floating on the River Shitalakshya two days later.
Taqi’s father Rafiur Rabbi filed a case alleging that local lawmaker Shamim Osman and his people killed his eldest son. Police arrested two suspects who had confessed their involvement in the murder under the direction of Azmeri Osman, nephew of Shamim Osman.
A top Rapid Action Battalion official on the first anniversary of the murder briefed reporters about 11 suspected killers of Taqi, including Azmeri.
The roundtable speakers regretted that all the legal procedures of the murder case had remained halted since the prime minister in 2014 extended her support to the Osman family.
Dhaka University emeritus professor Serajul Islam Choudhury said that the cruel murder of Taqi, which was actually a political killing, had proved that the country’s teenage population was not safe.
‘And such type of insecurity is being prevailed for long as the ruling elites have made the state more autocratic and suppressive than the colonial regimes,’ he said.
Journalist Kamal Lohani regretted that people questioning the prime minister’s blessing on Osman family might be branded as Rajakar.
, a common slang used for 1971 war collaborators.
Economist Anu Muhammad said that failure to complete investigation of the much-talked killings before the upcoming election would prove that the government was not following the spirits of the Liberation War.
Chaired by Taqi’s father Rafiur Rabbi, Liberation War Museum trustee Mafidul Haque, Socialist Party of Bangladesh leader Razequzzmana Ratan, citizens for good governance secretary Badiul Alam Majumder and poet Halim Azad also spoke.