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22 October, 2019 12:35:02 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 22 October, 2019 12:58:38 PM
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Protesters demand removal of SP, OC

Bhola violence
UNB, Bhola
Protesters demand removal of SP, OC

Protesters in Bhola has demanded the removal of the district’s police chief and officer-in-charge of Borhanuddin Police Station within 72 hours over Sunday’s clashes that left four people dead. All Party Muslim Unity Council Convener Maulana Mohibullah and Member Secretary Tajuddin Faruk announced the six-point demands at a press conference at Bhola Press Club yesterday morning. Meanwhile, the local administration has imposed an indefinite ban on public gathering in the district. Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Masud Alam Siddique told UNB that the move was aimed at maintaining law and order. “It’ll remain effective until further notice,” he said. The district bus owners association has stopped intra-district operation from 6am citing security reasons, its Organising Secretary Shafiqul Islam told UNB. Maulana Ataur Rahman, secretary of Islami Andolan Bangladesh’s Bhola unit, said they plan to hold a pre-announced public gathering later in the day under the banner of All Party Muslim Unity Council. Members of law enforcement and border guard troopers were patrolling the town to prevent any untoward incident.

Meanwhile, a case was filed against 4,000 to 5,000 unknown persons in connection with Sunday’s clash between police and locals in Borhanuddin upazila of Bhola, which left four people killed. The case was filed with Borhanuddin Police Station on Sunday night by Sub-Inspector Azizur Rahman, said the police station OC Md Enamul Haque. The case was filed on charge of barring police from discharging their duties, attack on law enforcers and creating disorder.

The protesters under the banner of All Party Muslim Unity Council also demanded maximum penalty for ‘Biplob Chandra Shuvo’. It was from his Facebook ID that derogatory messages about Allah and Prophet Muhammad were sent to some people. Locals burst in protest after screenshots of the messages went viral on Facebook.

The platform urged the government to enact a law with capital punishment for derogatory remarks about Allah and Prophet Muhammad. The council also sought compensation for the families of the deceased and bearing medical expenses of the injured. They also called for releasing everyone arrested over Sunday’s clashes.

Along the four deaths, more than 200 people were also injured in Sunday’s clash in Borhanuddin upazila - many of them suffering gunshot wounds.

Police and locals said messages containing derogatory remarks about Allah and Prophet Muhammad were sent to several persons from the Facebook ID of Biplob Chandra Shuvo. Screenshots of the messages went viral on Facebook, triggering condemnation and protests. Biplab, however, claimed that his ID was hacked and filed a complaint with the police.

Md Enamul Haque, officer-in-charge of Borhanuddin Police Station, said Biplob came to them on Saturday to file a general diary claiming that his Facebook account had been hacked. Two suspected hackers were detained.

Meanwhile, Hefajat-e-Islam has announced demonstrations across the country today protesting ‘the police firings’ in Borhanuddin.

Hefajat secretary general Allama Junayed Babunagari announced the programme at a press conference at its Hathazari Madrasah head office yesterday.

It also called for proper investigation into the Facebook ID hacking incident and exemplary punishment to those involved in it.

The organisation also demanded the police officers who fired at and killed innocent people be brought to book.

It also demanded enactment of a law with death sentence for any defamatory remarks about Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and compensation for the families of those killed in the incident and medical expenses of the injured be bore by the government.

MK

 

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