Eleven eminent citizens in a statement on Sunday expressed their support for the Kushtia district superintendent of police SM Tanvir Arafat, who has reportedly threatened the people opposing the installation of sculptures, with dire consequences.
Tanvir’s speech reflected the ideology of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the basic aspiration of Bangladesh that was shaped through the war of independence, said the citizens.
They issued the statement against the backdrop of the Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh’s December 25 statement demanding dismissal of the SP from his job for his remarks.
The signatories to the statement are Sarwar Ali, Ramendu Majumder, Abdus Selim, Mamunur Rashid, Mofidul Hoque, Shahriyar Kabir, Muntassir Mamoon, Nasiruddin Yousuff, Golam Quddus, Hasan Arif and Ahkamullah.
In his speech the SP said that those who raise questions about Sheikh Mujib and the constitution have three options.
‘First, if you try anything, I’ll break your arm and send you to jail. Second, remain absolutely silent and you can’t raise any question about the country’s independence and Bangabandhu. Third, if you don’t like Bangladesh, you are welcome to go to your beloved country Pakistan,’ the SP said.
The citizens said that the SP had spoken in favour of the Bangladesh of independence war while Hefazat’s remarks made it clear that they were against the spirit of the war.
The statement alleged that the quarter that was opposing the SP’s remarks was the defeated force of 1971 and barbarous Pakistanis’ new generation.
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