Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on Thursday ruled out the demand from civil society members for abolition of Digital Security Act (DSA).
“Only a few have raised the demand for repelling the law. We don’t have to accept their demand,” he told reporters at his secretariat office in the capital.Hasan, also the joint general secretary of the Awami League (AL), came up with the remarks after some organisations led by Gonoshasthaya Kendra founder Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury staged a rally and demanded cancellation of Digital Security Act by March 26.
Following the death of writer Mushtaq Ahmed in jail, they also threatened to orchestrate a movement to press home their demand.
The minister said: “Those who addressed the rally are always against the government. There are many more civil society representatives throughout the country,” he said.
Explaining the government’s stance, Hasan said Digital Security Act was promulgated to ensure safety for people.
“Such laws exist in various countries, including India, where arrests are being made and people are being given sentence. However, we should make sure that this law is not misused,” he said.
Replying to a question about stripping Ziaur Rahman of his “Bir Uttam” gallantry award, Hasan said Zia was a sector commander, but his role was mysterious during the War of Liberation.He claimed that Zia had direct complicity in the assassination of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
“He (Zia) was involved in rehabilitating killers of Bangabandhu. Anti-liberation elements were also rehabilitated by Zia, even they were made minister,” Hasan added.