Twenty eminent citizens on Saturday demanded punishment of people involved in attacks on protesters during their protests against Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Bangladesh.
In a statement, they said that protesters were attacked at places in the last few days while several madrassah students were killed at Hathazari in Chattogram.
They condemned the attacks on people protesting at the visit of Modi, who left Dhaka Saturday evening, concluding his two-day visit.
The government authorities violated the fundamental rights of citizens to hold protests during the celebrations of the Independence Day which have been tainted by such attacks on the protesters, the statement said.
It said that people of Bangladesh had the right to stage protests over the visit of Modi for his anti-Bangladesh activities and remarks.
But it has become a matter of concern as members of some progressive student organisations, which staged protests in the last two days, were tortured by the police and Chhatra League activists, it said.
The citizens strongly condemned the torture and demanded trial of people, including police personnel, officials and other persons, responsible for the attacks.
The signatories to the statement are Zafrullah Chowdhury, M Hafizuddin Khan, Ali Imam Majumder, Professor Anu Muhammad, Badiul Alam Majumder, Syeda Rizwana Hasan, Sara Hossain, CR Abrar, Professor Asif Nazrul, Shahidul Alam, Hasnat Quaiyum, Nur Khan Liton, Shireen Huq, Jakir Hossain, Professor Perween Hasan, Lubna Marium, Sharmeen Murshid, Firdous Azim, Professor Naila Zaman Khan and Rahnuma Ahmed.
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