Bangladesh Muktijuddho Mancha has reiterated demand for immediate arrest of Awami League lawmaker and Jatiya Sangsad whip Shamsul Hoque Chowdhury and his son Nazmul Karim Chowdhury Sharun for issuing death threat to veteran freedom fighter and senior Awami League leader Samsuddin Ahmed.
The platform of the progenies of the freedom fighter also demanded exemplary punishment to whip Shamsul Hoque Chowdhury apart from cancellation of his parliament membership and suspension of his membership from Awami League.The demands came from a human chain and a protest rally held in front of Jatiya Press Club in the capital on Sunday.
Aminul Islam Bulbul, president of the central committee of Bangladesh Muktijuddho Mancha, presided over the programme which was moderated by its general secretary Md Al Mamun.
Well-known sculptor Rasha, an advisor to the organisation, and Sonnet Mahmud, Dhaka University unit president of the organisation, also spoke at the programme, were also present.
Rasha said “Whip Shamsul Hoque Chowdhury threatened to kill PatiyaUpazila freedom fighter commander Samsuddin Ahmed who is also former Chhatra League leader and president of Patiya Upazila Awami League.”
“Bangladesh Muktijuddha Mancha is demanding immediate arrest and exemplary punishment to Shamsul Hoque Chowdhury. It calls for expelling him from Awami League and declaring the post of Member of Parliament vacant” he added.
He said Samsuddin Ahmed took up arms to liberate the country by risking his life. He fought nine months of bloody war to liberate the country. The senior politician has also served as the commander of the Patiya upazila freedom fighters’ council and the president of the Awami League.The 80-year-old freedom fighter was threatened to be beaten by the whip of the Jatiya Sangsad and lawmaker from Patiya Shamsul Hoque Chowdhury, his brother Mohammad Ali Nawab and his son Sharun.
Besides, Samsuddin Ahmed was threatened to be undressed and showcased in the market area.
Samsuddin Ahmed came under attack by the whip and his son for raising voice against their misdeeds, Rasha said.
He said the heroic freedom fighter Samsuddin Ahmed broke into tears after being humiliated disdainfully. The Whip and his family members continued to torture the AL leader and common people in the locality.
“By threatening to kill one of the heroic freedom fighters, Whip Shamsul Hoque Chowdhury and his son Sharun proved that they never believe in the spirit of the liberation war. They are trying to implement the agenda of the anti-liberation forces,” said Aminul Islam Bulbul.
“Whip Shamsul Haque Chowdhury was never affiliated with Awami League. Basically, he was involved in the politics of Juba Dal, a front organisation of BNP. He joined Jatiya Party politics during the regime of HM Ershad. Later, he switched to Awami League becoming a member of Chattogram city south unit,” said Muktijuddho Mancha president.
Whip’s brother Mohammad Ali Nawab and his son Sharun threatened the freedom fighter to be stripped and displayed publicly, he said adding that Bangladesh Muktijuddho Mancha will never allow a heroic freedom fighter to be humiliated in the soil of Bangabandhu’s Bangladesh.
Md Al Mamun said all members of family of freedom fighter Samsuddin Ahmed are now feeling insecure and they cannot go out for fear of reprisal.
Whip Shamsul Haque Chowdhury broke his oath by making statements against the government’s drive against casino in 2019 and infringed customary law and the constitution.
“By doing so, Shamsul Haque Chowdhury lost his moral capacity to continue as a member of Parliament,” he said.
About political background of whip, he said Shamsul Hoque Chowdhury and his Nazmul Karim Chowdhury Sharun intruded into Awami League to jeopardise achievements of the government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Sharun Chowdhury threatened to kill DidarulAlam, a heroic freedom fighter and senior Awami League leader, over phone for protesting against his casino business. Despite the fact, Sharun has not faced any legal action, he alleged.
The authorities are yet to bring Sharun Chowdhury to justice for firing AK-47 and making video viral on social media and instigating a bank official to commit suicide in Chattogram.
He said “How could Whip Shamsul Haque Chowdhury and his son Sharun issue death threat to a heroic freedom fighter? Where is the source of their power? Are they stronger than the state? We are making demand to Prime Minister to immediately expel Whip Shamsul Haque Chowdhury from Awami League and arrest his son Sharun.”
He said Bangladesh Muktijuddho Mancha will submit a memorandum to the Jatiya Sangsad Speaker and President of Awami League seeking necessary action in this regard.
“Shamsul Haque Chowdhury has to be removed from the party post of Awami League and Jatiya Sangsad. Otherwise, Bangladesh Muktijuddho Mancha will go for tougher programme across the country” he added.
After the human chain and protest rally, the leaders of the organisation took out a protest procession in front of the Jatiya Press Club.
Recently, Morshed Chowdhury, a banker in Chattogram, committed suicide due to persecution by Sharun. Banker’s family members blamed Sharun for instigating the suicide. A case against Sharun pending with the police but sees no light.
Whip and his family members first took control of Patiya in 2010-11, established a reign of terror and interfered in every development project and economic activities in the area. They have been continuing with their evil deeds and amassing illegal properties since then.