POST TIME: 15 December, 2019 00:00 00 AM
Sangram editor on 3-day remand

editor on
3-day remand

A Dhaka court yesterday granted a three-day remand to Abul Asad, the editor of Bangla daily Sangram, in a case filed under the Digital Security Act. The Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's court passed the remand order after Golam Azam, inspector (operations) of Hatirjheel police station, also the investigation officer of the case, produced Asad before the court with a five-day remand plea.

Afzal Hossain, a freedom fighter, late on Friday filed the case against the Sangram editor under the Digital Security Act. Apart from Abul Asad, the case also names the newspaper’s chief reporter Ruhul Amin Gazi and deputy editor Sadat Hossain.

Earlier, on the same day, Abul Asad was taken into police custody following an attack on his office in the capital’s Boro Moghbazar area for running a report in the daily, known as the mouthpiece of the Islamist

party Jamaat, which described the executed war criminal Abdul Quader Molla as a ‘martyr.’

On December 12, 2013, Quader Mullah—also known as the ‘Butcher of Mirpur’—was executed for his crimes against humanity, including the massacre of unarmed civilians and the killings of intellectuals, carried out during the War of Liberation in 1971.

The report sparked protests in Dhaka as a group of activists of the Bangladesh Chhatra League, the students’ front of the ruling Awami League (AL), burnt copies of the newspaper. The platform of freedom fighters’ descendants, Muktijuddho Mancha, demonstrated in front of the daily’s Moghbazar office in the capital on Friday, demanding action against the daily.

Md Al Mamun, a leader of the platform, said: “We can’t make compromises on independence and sovereignty. We will resist whoever speaks against Independence or the Liberation War.”

Following the demonstration, the editor of the daily was taken into police custody for quizzing. Meanwhile, several senior ministers, including Liberation War Affairs minister AKM Mozammel Huq and Road Transport Minister Obaidul Quader yesterday gave their assurances that the government would take punitive action against the daily.