JCD stages demo again
Demand to withdraw expulsion order, age limit
Staff Reporter :
The angry leaders and activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhara Dal (JCD), student wing of BNP, on Monday observed demonstration for two hours in front of the party's central office urging the party to reverse the expulsion order for 12 JCD leaders and scrap the age limit for election candidacy.
The expelled leaders led their supporters in a procession from Kakrail and assembled near the party's front gate around 11:30am. They started their demonstration there and ended at 1:30pm.
They also snapped the power connection to the BNP office and obstructed all from entering it till 1:30pm.
Even they did not allow ex-JCD leader and BNP Organising Sectary Fazlul Haque Milon to enter the office while beat a JCD leader as he tried to defy them.
Talking to reporters after their two-hour programme, ex-joint general secretary of the dissolved JCD committee Farroque Munna said they that would continue their movement until their demands for the withdrawal of age limit, expulsion order against their 12 leaders and reschedule of the July 15 council date are met.
He said they would also stage a similar protest programme on Tuesday in front of the BNP office. 'We love Chhatra Dal, and we believe our leaders will resolve the problem through discussions with us.'
While some leaders of the demonstrating JCD were going to Kakrail crossing from Nayapaltan, two to three crude bombs were thrown by miscreants from behind. However, no one was injured in the blasts.
Earlier in the morning, a group of JCD leaders and activists brought out a procession at Nayapaltan welcoming the announcement for holding the student body's council on July 15.
Later, they along with leaders and activists of BNP's different associate bodies took position inside the office to resist any untoward incident by the demonstrators.
Amid a row over the formation of its new committee maintaining a specific age limit, BNP on Sunday announced that the council of JCD would be held on July 15.
The party is also supposed to publish a draft voters' list for election to JCD's new president and general secretary.
On Saturday, BNP expelled a dozen demonstrating leaders of JCD hours after they announced to continue their movement until their demand for either formation of a new short-term committee or the removal of age limit is met.
The expelled leaders are Dhaka University wing of JCD seneral secretary Bashar Siddique, president of JCD Dhaka Metropolitan South wing Zahiruddin Tuhin, vice president of the dissolved Chhatra Dal committee Ezmal Hossain Pilot, Ikhtiar Kabir, Joydeb Joy, Mamun Billah, former joint general secretary Asaduzzaman Asad, Bayezid Arefin, former deputy general secretary Dabir Uddin Tushar, former deputy organising secretary Golan Azam Shaikat, Abdul Malek and former committee member Azim Patwary.
The last JCD committee was formed on Oct 14, 2014 with 153 members, including Rajib Ahsan as the president and Akramul Hasan as the general secretary. A full-fledged committee was formed later.