Mushtaq’s death: Protests rage on in city for 2nd day
Published : Sunday, 28 February, 2021 at 12:00 AM Count : 143
Left-leaning student organisations staged demonstrations and brought out procession in the capital on Saturday protesting the death of writer Mushtaq Ahmed at Kashimpur Jail and urged to abolish the Digital Security Act. Mushtaq Ahmed, who was arrested under the Digital Security Act and died in Kashimpur High-Security Jail-3 in Gazipur on Thursday.
They wanted justice for Mushtaq and also demanded repeal of Digital Security Act.
The leaders and activists of the organisation brought out the protest procession in front of Dhaka University's TSC around 11am which paraded some important roads of Dhaka. Later, they again gathered at TSC and held a rally.
A number of organisations including Chhatra Union, Chhatra Front and Chhatra Federation held protest rally at Shahbagh intersection around 12:30pm on Saturday.
Al Quaderi Joy, central president of Samajtantrik Chhatra Front, said, "We are protesting the custodial death of writer Mushtaq. Police charged batton on our peaceful procession and detained seven. Some of the activists were also injured in the attack. We are demanding immediate release of the detained men."
Members of the organisaion informed their next movement to hold demonstration across the country and besiege the Home Ministry on March 1. They will also besiege the Prime Minister's office on March 3.
Fifteen protesters of left-leaning student organizations were injured on Friday in city's Shahbagh when police charged baton on them while protesting against death of Mushtaq Ahmed in prison
Earlier around 11:30am, Chhatra Federation held a separate rally at the foot of Raju Bhashkorjo in TSC area. Later, they moved to Shahbagh area where they joined the left-leaning organisations.
Demonstrators demanded unconditional release of those picked up from the torch procession Friday, and withdrawal of "false" case against them. Otherwise, they said they will wage a tougher movement.
Meanwhile, Sramik-Krishak-Chhatra-Janata Oikya Parishad at Khulna brought out a protest rally at 11:30am in front of Khulna Deputy Commissioner's Office. The rally paraded different roads of the city. The protesters demand the authorities scrap the controversial Digital Security Act saying that the law has been used to stifle the people's freedom of speech.
Meanwhile, a two-member committee has been constituted by Gazipur district administration to investigate the custodial death of writer Mushtaq.
"As far as we know Mushtaq collapsed in a washroom of the prison on Thursday evening. Later, he was taken to Shaheed Tajuddin Medical College and Hospital, where he was declared dead," said Gazipur Deputy Commissioner SM Tariqul Islam.
"The two-member probe panel was formed on Friday night to investigate if there was any negligence during his treatment," he said, adding the committee has been asked to submit its report within two days.