Road, Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Saturday said legal action should be taken against ‘Daily Sangram’ for describing executed war criminal Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Molla as a ‘martyr’.
“Action should be taken against ‘Daily Sangram’ for terming executed war criminal Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Molla as a ‘martyr’. We will talk to the Home Ministry on this matter,” he said.Quader, also Awami League general secretary, came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after paying tribute to the martyred intellectuals on the occasion of Martyred Intellectuals Day.
The Daily Sangram, a mouthpiece of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, published an article on its Thursday issue terming Quader Molla as a ‘martyr’.
On December 12, 2013, Molla, then Jamaat Assistant Secretary General, was executed for crimes against humanity including the massacre of unarmed civilians and the killing of intellectuals during the War of Independence in 1971.
Obaidul Quader also said that the evil communal power which attacked freedom fighters, Bengalis in 1971, and killed intellectuals, is still spreading poison in the nation.
“It’s our pledge today to prevent and defeat this communal evil power. We’ll take oath to root out the poison of communalism. We’ll unite the nation,” he said.
In responding to a query about war criminals who are staying abroad, the minister said, “We are looking into the matter and steps will be taken in time.”He said the government had also been trying best to bring back the killers who fled abroad.