Bhola agitators call off demos
Plan to go ahead with Fridayâ€™s programme
BHOLA, Oct 22: A religious group on Tuesday called off their demonstration as security was beefed up in the town following a ban on rallies and meetings by the local administration.
Sharbadaliya Muslim Oikya Parishad, a platform of religious minded people, is protesting against Sunday's bloody clash here.
Biplob Chandra Baidya Shuvo, whose Facebook account was allegedly hacked to spread religious slurs ignited communal violence in Bhola's Borhanuddin on Sunday.
Apart from Shuvo, two others, Md Imon and Rafsan Islam Sharif alias Shakil, were sent to jail on Monday. The trio was arrested on Sunday, according to police. Cases were filed under the Digital Security Act against the three accused.
Mizanur Rahman, joint member secretary of the platform, said they have decided to call off their demonstration, fearing police action and as the ruling party men took position at different points of the Bhola town to thwart the agitation programme. Their 72-hour ultimatum to press home their six-point demand is yet to expire, he said.
The decision of Thursday's protest programme will be taken at a meeting in the evening but their Friday's programme is fixed, Mizanur Rahman further said.
Deputy Commissioner of Bhola Masud Alam said, "The religious group did not seek any permission for today's rally…They will not be allowed to hold the programme."
A tense situation was prevailing in the town since Sharbadaliya Muslim Oikya Parishad announced the protest programme yesterday.
Local administration on Monday has imposed a ban on any meeting and rally in the wake of Sunday's incident.
Sharbadaliya Muslim Oikya Parishad had sought permission for holding a rally in Bhola yesterday as well but were denied. Later, they placed a six-point demand at a press conference in Bhola Press Club.
Hefazat-e-Islami Bangladesh staged protest rally in front of Baitul Mukarram National Mosque on Tuesday protesting Sunday's clash in Bhola that left four people dead.
Thousands of activists gathered in front of the south gate of the mosque after Zohr prayer, suspending vehicular movement from Dainik Bangla intersection to Paltan intersection. They also demonstrated to press home their 13-point demand.
The demands include: arrest of the culprits who demeaned the Prophet, compensation for the families of those who were killed and injured in the Bhola clash, punishment of police personnel responsible for the firing on the agitating people. Additional law enforcers have been deployed in the area.
Earlier on Sunday, four people were killed and over 150 injured during the clash with police in Borhanuddin upazila over a Facebook post that allegedly demeaned Islam.