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Habibullah Mizan
The Oikyafront’s nomination to a good of number of controversial candidates, including war crimes accused, has sparked massive public outcry.
People across the board have expressed strong protest and resentment and termed it as an anti-liberation move.
Diplomats, civil society members, right activists and young community expressed their grave concern that if these anti-state elements win the next polls, the country will see the re-emergence of militancy and terrorism.
Some of the Oikyafront nominated candidates were directly involved in crimes against humanity in 1971 War of Liberation while some are still patronising militancy in the country, according to them.
Serious panic grips common people as many of the Oikyafront nominated candidates are sons, wives and brothers of the convicted war criminals and militant patrons.
Even though Oikyafront chief Dr Kamal Hossain several times committed publicly not to make alliance with any anti-liberation forces, he now has finally become the main guardian of war criminals and terrorists by providing nomination them to contest the upcoming national election.
According to the sources, Maulana Abdul Hakim, who was nominated by the BNP led alliance for contesting in Thakurgaon-2 constituency, is a war crime suspect. During the Liberation War, he was an active leader of Al Badr.
According to free encyclopaedia Wikipedia, Al-Badr was constituted in September 1971 under the auspices of General Amir Abdullah Khan Niazi, then chief of the Pakistan Army eastern command. Members of Al-Badr were recruited from public schools and madrasas (religious schools). The unit was used for raids and special operations. The Pakistan army command initially planned to use the locally recruited militias (Al-Badr, Razakar, Al-Shams) for policing cities of then East Pakistan, and regular army units to defend the border with India.
In 1971, Maulana Hakim was a leader of Islamic Chhatra Sanga, notorious student front of Jamaat-e-Islami. After independence, Chhatra Sanga had been renamed as Islamic Chhatra Shibir.
Meanwhile, Gazi Nazrul Islam is contesting in Sathkhira-4 constituency with BNP’s electoral symbol paddy sheaf. There are serious allegations of war crimes against him too. He was an influential leader of Chhatra Sangha in 1971. He provided assistance to Pakistani military forces in committing genocide against Bengali nation.
ANM Shamsul Alam, another Oikyafront nominated candidate for Chattogram-15 constituency, started politics being a member of Chhatra sangha. He is widely known as a big donor of war crimes scandal hit Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami.
On the other hand, Masuda Momin Talukder is a wife of fugitive life-term convicted war criminal Abdul Momin Talukder. She is contesting with paddy sheaf in Bogra-3 constituency.
Momin Talukder was a Rajakar commander in Bogura during independence war.
Shamim bin Sayeedee is the son of war crimes kingpin Maulana Delwar Hossain Sayedee, who had been convicted life-term imprisonment for his involvement in heinous crimes against humanity during 1971 Liberation War. Shamim Sayedee has also been nominated as an Oikyafront candidate.
Alamgir Kabir, contesting from Naogaon-6, is one of the top patrons of militancy in entire North Bengal. Nadim Mostafa is contesting in Rajshahi-5 constituency as a BNP candidate. He is playing the vital role in patronizing militancy in Rajshahi division.
Ruhul Kuddus Dolu is a BNP nominated candidate for Natore-1 constituency. He is also a top patron of militancy. Barrister Aminul Haque who is regarded as the founding patron of executed militant leader Siddiqul Islam alias Bangla Bhai and his banned terror outfit JMB. His involvement in militancy patronizing is well-known across the country. Mizanur Rahman Minu, another BNP candidate in Rajshahi-2, is also a big guardian of militancy in Rajshahi region.
Sultan Salauddin Tuku is contesting from Tangail-2 constituency. He is brother of Abdus Salam Pintu and Maulana Tazuddin Ahmed, who were awarded death penalties in connection with deadly 21 August grenade attack that killed 24 people and injured scores of Awami League leaders and activists.
Tuku himself is also a patron of militancy and is involved in different anti-state conspiracies. Ishaq Chowdhury is fighting as a BNP candidate in Chottogram-4 and he is brother of detained BNP leader Aslam Chowdhury, who was detained for hatching conspiracy against country with the help of Israeli spy agency Mosad.
Tahmina Zaman, wife of death awarded 21 August grenade attack mastermind Lufurzamman Babor. She is also contesting as a BNP candidate in Netrkona-4 constituency.