Protests against the repeated attempts to assassinate Bashundhara Group Managing Director and Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra Limited Chairman Sayem Sobhan Anvir continued in different places of the country on Monday.
People from all walks of life participated in the human chains and protest rallies in different places, including Dhaka, Pabna, Natore, Sirajganj, Khulna, Jashore Barishal, Narayanganj, Kushtia, Mymensingh, Laxmipur, Manikganj, Jamalpur and Faridpur.
On Friday, law enforcers foiled the plot and arrested a youth named Saiful Islam Saad. He was put on three-day remand for interrogation.
During interrogation, Saad admitted that as part of a blueprint by Whip Shamsul Haque Chowdhury and his son Nazmul Karim Chowdhury Sharun, he was supposed to shoot the Bashundhara Group MD to death during Jum’a prayers.
In Shahbagh, a human chain was organised in front of the National Museum around 11:00am, demanding arrests of Shamsul and his son Sharun for the plot to kill Sayem Sobhan Anvir.
People from different strata took part in the human chain with banners, festoons and placards.
The protesters demanded execution of Saad and immediate arrest of Whip Shamsul and his son Sharun for masterminding the plot. “Bashundhara Group is working for the welfare of people all over the country. Bashundhara Group stood by people during the corona pandemic. The business company has created employment for many people. The Bashundhara Group MD is one of the best entrepreneurs in the world,” said Nayan Ahmed, an organiser of the human chain.
Tuhin Ahmed, one of the organisers of the human chain, said, “Sayem Sobhan Anvir is working for the welfare of the country. He stood by the poor and destitute in all critical times. He has created employment of thousands of people.”
Russel, another speaker, said Whip Shamsul and Sharun assigned a youth named Saad to adopt a job as domestic help in the MD House in disguise for implementing the plot.
“Those who are involved in this incident should be given exemplary punishment,” he said.
In Gulshan-2 of the capital, a human chain was formed, demanding arrest of Whip Shamsul and Sharun for their heinous attempts to kill the Bashundhara Group Managing Director.
In ECB Chattar of Dhaka, a human chain was also formed in protest against the repeated attempts to kill the Bashundhara MD.
The residents of Manikdi and Cantonment areas took part in the protest programme. Participants of the programme demanded exemplary punishment to Whip Shamsul and his son Sharun.
The protesters also demanded that the criminals be taken to justice immediately.
In Uttara of the capital, a human chain was formed at Jasim Uddin intersection around 11:30am, protesting against the attempts to kill Sayem Sobhan Anvir.
The protesters vowed that they will continue the protest until the perpetrators are given exemplary punishment.
Terming Sayem Sobhan Anvir an icon of the youth, they said development of the youth is only possible by him.
In Pabna, businessmen and other people from different sections formed a human chain in Bera Rajghat area in protest against the assassination attempt.
They demanded arrest of Whip Shamsul, MP from Chattogram-12 constituency (Patiya), and Sharun for masterminding the assassination attempt.
Altab Hossain, president of Bera Ghat Business Association, businessman Sagar Hossain, leader of Bera Ghat Workers Association Harun Aur Rashid, leader of local Shop Owners Association Solaiman and other local business leaders and dignitaries attended the protest programme.
Later, they brought out a protest procession.
Human chains and demonstrations were organised in Nagarbari Ghat area of Pabna in protest against the attempts on the life of the Bashundhara MD.
In Natore, a human chain and a protest rally were held to protest against the attempts to kill Sayem Sobhan Anvir.
Leaders of various social and cultural organisations, including businessmen, teachers, journalists, farmers and workers, took part in the human chain held in front of the Natore Press Club in Kanaikhali on Monday.
Convener of the organisation Wakil Ahmed presided over the protest rally while President of United Press Club Rezaul Karim, media worker Rasedul Islam, eminent businessmen Moumir Sultan, Abdus Sabur, Milon Hossain, Firoz Kabir Rentu, Nazmul Haque, eminent social worker Shah Newaz Salam Nayan, Khandaker Tanvir Ahmed and Sabbir Ahmed spoke.
In Sirajganj, businessmen held a human chain, demanding arrest of Whip Shamsul Haque and Sharun. The traders of the district organised the programme.
Saiful Islam, director of Shuvechcha Traders, Shafiqul Islam of the Traders, Matiar Rahman, owner of Bondhan Traders, Shimul Islam of Bhai Bhai Traders, Mozammel Haque, proprietor of Haq Iron, Aminul Islam and Raju Ahmed, proprietors of Asma Traders, spoke on the occasion.
In protest against the attempt on life of the Bashundhara Group MD, people formed a human chain at Picture Palace Intersection at 11:00am. They also brought out a rally that ended at Khulna Press Club.
Local business organisations and members of the civil society organised the event.
Khulna Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) Director Md Mofidul Islam Tutul presided over the programme while KCCI directors Md Islam Khan and Abul Hasain, proprietor Md Afroz of M/S Abdul Razzaque Aziz, Janata Cement Agency director Md Sadiuzzaman spoke on the occasion.
In Jashore, people took part in a rally in front of the District Press Club in protest against the assassination attempt on the life of the Bashundhara Group MD.
Prominent businessman Shariful Alam Swapan, Md Abdul Quader, Md Shamsuzzoha Channu, Shah Md Ekramul, Sushant Kumar Biswas and many others participated in the programme.
In Barishal, the business community expressed deep concern over the multiple attempts to assassinate Sayem Sobhan Anvir.
They strongly protested against the incident and demanded exemplary punishment to all perpetrators, including the plotters.
Rebeka Sultana, secretary of Barisal District Women Business Forum, said Bashundhara Group is the largest business conglomerate in the country. The attempt to kill its MD is very sorrowful for the business community.
She has demanded exemplary punishment for the masterminds of the heinous incident.
President of the Barisal Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Director of the FBCCI Nizam Uddin Mridha said such an incident is undoubtedly very worrying. Whoever is involved in this incident, all of them must be brought under the law. At the same time, the issue of exemplary punishment must be ensured.
Terming Sayem Sobhan Anvir ‘an asset of the country’, prominent businessman and managing director of eurotel bd online ltd SM Zakir Hossain said it is very regrettable to hear that several attempts were made to kill such a talented and efficient entrepreneur.
Saidur Rahman Rintu, launch owner and president of Barisal Chamber of Commerce and Industry, has demanded that those who are involved in the incident should be arrested and brought to book.
Meanwhile, another group of businessmen organised a human chain in front of Ashwini Kumar Hall on Sadar Road in Barishal city, demanding exemplary punishment for the culprits.
Jahangir Alam Hawlader, a local businessman, presided over the event which was addressed by Gazi Mohiuddin, Md Nazrul Islam, Moazzem Hossain, Mahfuz Hossain, Farhad Hossain Fuad and Tareq Mahmud Rana.
In Laxmipur, business community condemned the attempt to assassinate the Bashundhara Group Managing Director. They demanded exemplary punishment for the masterminds.
In Jamalpur, a protest rally and human chain were held demanding arrest of those who were involved in the attempt to murder the Bashundhara Group MD.
In Faridpur, people staged a rally in Boalmari at 10:30am in protest against the assassination attempt on life of the Bashundhara Group MD.
Boalmari Upazila Correspondent of Bangladesh Pratidin Liakat Hossain presided over the protest rally organised by Boalmari Civil Society.
In Narayanganj, people from different strata of life, including imams, teachers, lawyers and businessmen, joined a human chain against the plot to kill Bashundhara Group Managing Director Sayem Sobhan Anvir.
In Kushtia, a protest rally and human chain were held demanding arrest of those who were involved in the attempt to murder the Bashundhara Group MD.
In Mymensingh, businessmen demanded arrest and trial of those who were involved in the attempts to kill Bashundhara Group Managing Director Sayem Sobhan Anvir.