Wednesday, September 20, 2017 | ePaper

Meeting at Rab's house

Police intervention denounced

  • Print
Staff Reporter :
Different political leaders, including BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia, have denounced the police intervention in the meeting at the Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal faction President ASM Abdur Rab's Uttara residence in the city on Thursday.
However, Rob said that it was an informal gathering after Eid and alleged that the police tried to prevent them from gathering, citing "instructions from the higher authorities.
"Police intervention in the meeting of civil and political leaders convened by Abdur Rab again proved that the government has lost its patience and democratic values," said Khaleda Zia in a statement on Saturday.
 "The key purpose of it was to create a serious fear in the society and the people so that none can utter any sound against the government," she said.
A group of politicians who attend the meeting included Bikalpadhara President Professor Dr. AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury, Krishak Sramik Janata League President Kader Siddiqui and Nagorik Oikyo Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna.
The other leaders were Biplabi Workers Party General Secretary Saiful Haque, Gana Forum presidium members Subrata Chowdhury and AOM Shafiullah, Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal (BaSaD) General Secretary Khalekuzzaman and party leader Bazlur Rashid Firoz, JSD General Secretary Abdul Malek Ratan, Bikalpadhara Joint Secretary General Mahi B Chowdhury and General Secretary of Sujan, the citizens' platform Badiul Alam Majumder.
The JSD leaders have described the assembly of the politicians at Rab's residence on Thursday evening as a normal 'tea party'.
Khaleda Zaia said that police were used to obstruct meeting at Rab's house as a part of the incumbent government's various ways to eliminate its opponent to hold absolute power with the aid of law enforcement agencies.
Badiul Alam Majumder, who went to Rab's home at around 8:00pm, said, "I was surprised when the police suddenly moved in. This was a social event. The police came and said permission was a prerequisite for holding such meeting and they needed to be informed beforehand."
However, at one stage police stepped out of the house to let them hold the "informal meeting", but took position in front of the house.
Meanwhile, the leaders who attended the Thursday's 'tea party' at Rab's residence joined a protest meeting in front of the National Press Club in the city on Saturday.
ASM Abdur Rab, Dr. Zafrullah Chowdhury, trusty of Ganosaystho trust, Mahi B Chowdhury, JSD General Secretary Abdul Malek Ratan, Comrade Khalequazzaman, Mahmudur Rahman Manna, among others, spoke at the meeting.
They condemned the police action in the event. They urged the government to stay away from such a move in future.
Speaking at the meeting, Rab said that police intervention in the indoor meeting of the politicians in his residence was an attack against democracy.
 "It was an attack against the democracy, the values of liberation war and human rights. The government is trying to make the next polls as a controlled election," he said.
He also alleged that there was no safety of the people in the country.
The JSD president also said, "I had invited some veteran politicians and senior citizens in the country. The police intervened twice and asked to close the programme. Then the police tried to end the programme shortly. It was totally unacceptable
When contacted, JSD GS Abdul Malek Ratan, told The New Nation, "Police intervention in Abdur Rab's tea party with the senior leaders of the country was unacceptable."
He said, they are trying to form an alternative political alliance.
 "We have started preliminary discussion to form an alliance. It must get a shape as the nation is waiting for an alternative political platform," he said.

More News For this Category

We need diplomatic offensive with the option of military cooperation

We need diplomatic offensive with the option of military cooperation

Diplomatic Correspondent :No sweet diplomacy will work. Military in Myanmar has taken calculated military decision to throw the Rohingyas out of their country knowing the weakness of Bangladesh.  Their

Tribunal reveals horrific details of atrocities against Rohingyas

New Straits Times :A woman from Laung Don village fled her house when Myanmar soldiers came into the village, leaving behind her sister who had just given birth and her

248 killed in Mexico quake

Mail Online :At least 248 people are dead after a 7.1-magnitude earthquake hit Mexico on Tuesday causing widespread devastation across Mexico City where a school has collapsed.Twenty children and two

Take back Rohingyas

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has urged the government of Myanmar to take urgent steps for the sustainable return of Rohingya refugees and internally and externally displaced Rohingya Muslims

Suu Kyi denies going 'soft' on military

Reuters :Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has rejected a suggestion she is soft on the military, which the United Nations has accused of ethnic cleansing, saying her relationship with

OIC leaders must unite

Badrul Ahsan from  New York :Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the leaders of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to unite over the Rohingya crisis.Expressing Dhaka's readiness to join any

Take steps to address Rohingya crisis: UN

As the number of Rohingya who have fled to Bangladesh surpassed 400,000, UN agencies are scaling up their efforts to assist the displaced people with Secretary-General António Guterres renewing his

Where the relief items go?

Sagar Biswas :Indisciplined distribution is the main reason for not getting adequate relief by the Rohingya refugees though Bangladesh government, several foreign countries, international and local organizations have already donated

Rohingyas scrambling for food, water, medicines

Md Joynal Abedin Khan :Several lakh Rohingyas living in Cox's Bazar's Ukhiya and Teknaf upazilas are scrambling for relief items mainly food, clothes,  safe water, and medicine to sustain lives.The

US pledges $32 m for Rohingyas

The United States will provide nearly $32 million for humanitarian assistance to Rohingya Muslims displaced by sectarian violence in Myanmar. The announcement by the State Department comes a day after