Islamists announce 6-pt demand over Bhola clashes

Special Correspondent

22 October, 2019 12:00 AM printer

The Shorbodoliyo Muslim Oikkya Parishad, a platform of different religious group, announced a six-point demand on Monday to protest against the deaths in clashes between local people and police in Bhola. 

The hitherto unknown group’s demands were made at a press conference on Monady at the Bhola Press Club include: withdrawal of the Superintendent of Police (SP) of Bhola district and Officer-in-Charge of Borhanuddin Police Station within next 72 hours; punishing those who directed to open fire on “Tawhidi Muslim,” enact strict law for the trial of those who defamed Prophet (SM), Allah and Islam; capital punishment of the Hindu youth

whom they claimed was responsible for the hate speech against the holy Prophet, compensation

to the families of those killed in Sunday’s clashes, providing medical expenses to the injured and unconditional release of those arrested during clashes.

Mizanur Rahman, joint member secretary of the platform, read out the statement while Bashir Uddin, convener of the platform, announced their action plan.

The group also announced that it would stage demonstration in the town today to protest the police action.

They will also form a human chain at Bhola Sadar Road on Thursday.

The leaders of the organisation vowed to continue their protest until their demands are met.

Meanwhile, police have sued 5,000 unidentified people for their alleged links to the clashes that left four people dead and about 100 others injured in Bhola’s Borhanuddin Upazila after a blasphemous Facebook post from a hacked account sparked protests.

Police officials filed the case with the Borhanuddin Police Station.

On Sunday, at least four people died and over 100 others were injured in the clashes between police and locals in the Upazila. At least 10 policemen were among the injured.

A rally was called for Monday in protest against the deaths, but we have not been allowed, said Maulana Mizanur Rahman, a leader of the group.

A large number of law enforcers have been deployed in the area to keep the situation under control.

The local administration imposed an indefinite ban on public gathering in the district on Monday, a day after clashes between protesters and police left four people dead.

Bhola Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Masud Alam Siddique told the journalists that they have taken the move to keep the law and order situation under control.

“It’ll remain effective until further notice,” he added.

Separately, the district bus owners’ association stopped intra-district operation from 6:00am citing security reasons, its organising secretary Shafiqul Islam said.

Maulana Ataur Rahman, secretary of Islami Andolan Bangladesh’s Bhola unit, said they plan to hold a pre-announced public gathering later in the day under the banner of All Party Muslim Unity Council.

Members of law enforcement agencies are patrolling in the town to prevent any untoward incident.