11 eminent citizens call for bringing Hefazat to book

Staff Correspondent | Published at 12:04am on April 01, 2021

Eleven eminent citizens of the country in a joint statement demanded that Hefazat-e-Islam be brought to the book for violence across Bangladesh during the golden jubilee celebrations of the country’s independence on March 26.

The statement said that the actions of Hefazat-e-Islam on the golden jubilee of independence brought back to mind the brutality and heinous actions carried out by Pakistan military and their local associates known as Rajakar and Al-Badr in 1971.

The destruction of property and arson committed on the golden jubilee of independence laid bare the conspiracy to steer Bangladesh away from the course of liberation war, said the statement issued on March 26.

The statement urged the government to apply its full force in controlling the evil force that ‘declared war against Bangabandhu and Bangladesh.’

The statement said that there are issues such as water sharing of common rivers and border killings which have to be discussed at bilateral forums.

The signatories demanded that the issues be resolved soon.

Besides setting government offices, other establishment and vehicles on fire, destruction of roads and railways, the murals of the country’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was vandalised on March 26, said the statement.

The statement also urged pious Muslims to reject and resist Hefazat-e-Islam for conspiring against the country’s independence and communal harmony using mosques and madrassahs.

The signatories are Abdul Gaffar Chowdhury, Hasan Azizul Haque, Anupam Sen, Sarwar Ali, Ramendu Majumdar, Abed Khan, Abdus Selim, Mofidul Hoque, Nasiruddin Yousuff, Shahriar Kabir and Muntassir Mamoon.