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FF dependants besiege ‘Goods Hill’ in Ctg

Confiscation of property of war criminals demanded

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 30 October, 2022 12:00 AM
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Chattogram: Heirs of freedom fighters besieged the residence of BNP leader and executed war criminal Salauddin Quader (SQ) Chowdhury in the port city on Saturday.

The besiege programme was observed in protest against the speech of Hummam Quader Chowdhury, son of SQ Chowdhury. Hummam termed his father ‘martyr’ at a rally of BNP in Chattogram earlier.

The children of freedom fighters (FFs) under the banner of ‘Muktijoddha Sangsad Sontan Command’ besieged the residence, blocked roads in the area and held a rally in front of the residence ‘Goods Hill’ located at Gani Bekary Moor in the city's Chawk Bazar area around 11:00am.

The protesters wrote ‘Rajakarer Bari’ on the wall of the residence, hung banner writing ‘Razakar Hill’ and put a token lock at its entrance during the programme.

Freedom fighters and leaders and activists of political parties, cultural and professional organisations took part in the protest. 

The protesters at the rally demanded confiscation of the ‘Goods Hill’, which was used as the torture cell for the FFs, and turning it into ‘Liberation War Museum’.

They also declared Hummam ‘persona non grata’ in Chattogram from the programme.

They also put up five-point demands, including filing of sedition case against Hummam and his arrest, declaring the war criminal’s wards and other family members as unqualified in politics and elections, confiscation of all properties of the war criminals, preparing list of war criminals at union and upazila levels and including them in the textbooks, and developing all the torture cells of 1971 as Liberation War Museum.  

Muktijoddha Sangsad Chattogram City unit Commander Mozaffar Ahmed urged the government to enact law to fulfil the aforesaid demands by December.

Freedom fighter Kazi Nurul Absar, who was an important witness of the case against SQ Chowdhury, said war criminals SQ Chowdhury and his father Fazlul Quader Chowdhury carried out atrocities on the people of Raozan, Rangunia and Fatikchhari upazilas in the district in 1971.

He said they (FFs) attacked the vehicle of SQ Chowdhury in the city at that time. But, he (SQ) survived sustaining injuries while his driver died in the attack.

Alleging that BNP has been patronising the war criminals, he urged the government to take action against the BNP.

Muktijoddha Santan Command Chattogram City Unit Convenor Shahed Murad Saku presided over the rally while City Awami League Vice-President Noim Uddin Chowdhury, Udichi Chattogram Jila Sangsad General Secretary Shila Dasgupta, JSD leader Jasim Uddin, Raozan Upazila Chairman Ehsanul Haider Chowdhury Babul, Muktijoddha Sangsad Deputy Commander Sydul Hoq Syed, AL leaders Jamshedul Alam Chowdhury, Mashiur Rahman Chowdhury, Juba League leader Mahbubul Hoque Suman, City BCL General Secretary Jakaria Dastagir, councillors Shaibal Das Suman, Hasan Murad Biplob and Nur Mostafa Tinu, and the Sontan Command member secretary Kamrul Huda Pavel, among others, addressed the programme.

Mentionable, Hummam termed his father ‘martyr’ during a rally of BNP in the city’s Polo Ground on October 12.

Hummam, who also chanted ‘Naraye Takbir’ slogan at the rally, told the government that they will not be able to go back home alone after leaving the power and they will be forced to seek apology going to the grave of the ‘martyrs.’