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Tuesday, June 14, 2016, Jaistha 31, 1423 BS, Ramadan 8, 1437 Hijri

Nab militants, spare innocents: Speakers
Staff Correspondent
Published :Tuesday, 14 June, 2016,  Time : 6:18 PM  View Count : 98
Journalists, activists and leaders of different socio-cultural organisations on Tuesday demanded government protection for bloggers, publishers, free-thinkers and people of different faiths who are being hacked to death by Islamic militants one after another.

They organized a Unity and Solidarity Rally in front of the National Press Club in Dhaka urging the government to identify and arrest the secret killers without harassing ordinary people, who are being arrested in thousands in the ongoing anti-militancy drive by law enforcing agencies.

Media Activists for Secular Bangladesh (MASB), a journalists’ platform, organized the rally, which was presided over by Joint Secretary General of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) and MASB coordinator Pulack Ghatack.

Secretary General of BFUJ Omar Faruque, former Secretary General Abdul Jalil Bhuyian, former General Secretary of Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) Quddus Afrad, General Secretary of Dhaka Reporters Unity Razu Ahmed, Noted lyricist and Convenor Sangskriti Mancha Selim Reza, Joint Secretary of Sanmilito Samajik Andalan Sanwar Hossain, President of Juba Oikkya Khairul Alam, General Secretary of the Dhaka City Unit of Ganatantri Party Minhaj Uddin Selim, General Secretary of Swadhinata Sangbadik Parishad Hamid Mohammad Jasim, Welfare Secretary of DUJ Ummul Wara Sweety, former General Secretary of Crime Reporters Association Mohammad Kamaruzzaman, Executive Member of Udich Shilpi Gosthi Shakil Oronno, organizer of Samprodaikota O Jongibad Birodhi Sangbadik Manch Rajan Bhattachariya and representatives of different many other organisations addressed the rally expressing solidarity with the movement.

The speakers said the government did not take any action against Hefazat-e-Islam leader Allama Ahmed Shafi, who issued an addict publicly saying, “It has become a duty for the Muslims to kill the infidels.”

Hefazat has become a den of Islamic militants, but the government is not taking any action against its leaders. Rather, the fanatic Islami organisation is getting government’s favour, the speakers alleged in the rally. They said anti-militancy drive cannot be a success if it is compromised with extremist organisations like Hefazat.

Pulak Ghatack/RI

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