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Plot to Kill Bashundhara MD

A threat to investment, employment

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 10 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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The business leaders have described the plot to kill Bashundhara Group Managing Director Sayem Sobhan Anvir as a threat to the country’s investment and employment.

They have also urged the government to ensure security of the lives and property of the country’s businessmen to keep running the wheels of the economy.

The attempt on the life of the Bashundhara Group MD has already aroused deep resentment among the business community, they said.

Talking to journalists, Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) Executive President Mohammad Hatem has expressed deep concern over the murder plot, saying some influential people might have been behind it.

The masterminds of the plot should be identified and brought to justice, he said.

Chattogram Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) President Mahbubul Alam said, “Any attempt to kill entrepreneurs is unacceptable. I strongly protest it.” Earlier, Dhaka Boat Club member Nasir U Mahmood was harassed in a case lodged by actress Porimoni. He had to languish in jail for days before being released on bail.

Soon after the incident, a plot was sketched to assassinate the Bashundhara Group Managing Director. A youth named Saiful Islam Saad was arrested in connection with the plot. A firearm was recovered from his possession. Saad confessed that he was assigned by Whip Shamsul Haque Chowdhury and his son Nazmul Karim Chowdhury Sharun to kill the Bashundhara Group MD.

The masterminds of the plot are yet to be arrested. The delay in arresting the plotters has triggered grievances among the businessmen. They are worried about the future of their investments. They demanded security of their lives and property.

During the 1/11 episode in 2007, businessmen were harassed and money was extorted from them by a vested quarter. The businessmen are yet to get back the money though the government had promised to return it. Many businessmen were sued and sent to jail illegally.

As a result, trade and commerce came to a halt and the country’s economy faced a debacle.

In a major shift, the conspirators have now planned to kill the top business leaders of the country and destroy the economy, putting the government in an awkward situation.

The plotters want to destroy the economy which has already been crippled by the Covid-19 pandemic. They are engaged in a deep-rooted conspiracy to obstruct the country’s socioeconomic development during the Awami League government.

It may be mentioned that police thwarted to plot to assassinate the Bashundhara Group MD and arrested a young man named Saiful Islam Saad.

Major (retd) Sheikh Mohammad Mizanur Rahman, head of Bashundhara Group's Public Relations Department, lodged a general diary (GD) with Vatara Police Station on Friday in this regard.

During preliminary interrogation, Saad confessed that he was preparing to attack Sayem Sobhan Anvir during Jumma prayers on Friday at the behest of Whip Shamsul Haque Chowdhury and his son Sharun.

Saad was supposed to shoot Sayem Sobhan Anvir to death during Jumma prayers.

Earlier, the organised gang tried to kill him through feeding milk laced with poison to him and stabbing. However, they failed to execute the plans.

Masterminds behind the plot must be traced

BKMEA Executive President Mohammad Hatem said, “The plot to kill the Bashundhara Group Managing Director is really a matter of grave concern. I strongly protest it. I think any influential group is behind the plot. It’s the responsibility of the government to trace the masterminds and bring them to book.”

Bashundhara Group is the largest business conglomerate of the country, he said, adding that the attempt to kill its Managing Director is not the act of petty offenders and there is certainly a powerful quarter behind it.

Perpetrators must be punished

Mohammad Ali Khokon, president of Bangladesh Textile Mills Association (BTMA), said, “Those who are involved in the murder plot must be identified and brought to justice. Bashundhara Group has created employment for 70,000 people. There’re 40 industries and concerns under the group. An influential quarter is involved in the plot. The perpetrators and masterminds need to be identified and punished.”

Protest by Chattogram business leaders

Business leaders from Chattogram have strongly protested the plot to assassinate the Bashundhara Group Managing Director.

If the perpetrators of the plot are not punished, it will cast a negative impact on the country’s investment and economy, said CCCI President Mahbubul Alam.