Terming the demand of formation of a commission for in-depth inquiry into the plot of Bangabandhu killing, information minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on Saturday said the demand now has emerged as a ‘demand of time’, reports BSS.
“The in-depth inquiry by an independent commission is very much indispensible to let the future generation about the killers, mastermind and others who had created the plot of the carnage,” he said.
The minister said this at a discussion on the National Mourning Day, 2019 organized by ‘Muktijudder Chetonar Sangbadik Forum,’ a platform of pro-liberation journalists, at Jatiya Press Club here.
“Names of the Bangabandhu killers, masterminds and connivers should be unmasked for the new generation,” the minister said adding otherwise the new generation would remain in dark about the history.
He agreed with the speakers’ demand for formation of a commission to bring all the culprits of Bangabandhu murder to book saying people of the country want to know the real history behind the scene.
Dhaka University former Vice Chancellor Professor Dr AAMS Arefin Siddique, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Kanak Kanti Barua, President of Institution of Engineers’ Bangladesh Abdus Sabur were present as discussants while senior journalist Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury was in the chair.
The Information Minister said the killing of Bangabandhu was not mere “the assassination of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman” and rather it was part of a deep conspiracy to foil very existence of Bangladesh as an independent nation.
Dr Hasan said Bangabandhu was killed by the vested quarter comprising local and foreign conspirators who never wanted independent Bangladesh.
Former president of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) Manjurul Ahsan Bulbul, BFUJ former general secretary Omar Faruque, Jatiya Press Club (JPC) general secretary Farida Yeasmin, Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) former general secretaries Azizul Islam Bhuiyan and Quddus Afrrad and DUJ acting president Mozammel Haque, addressed the meeting conducted by DUJ general secretary Sohel Haider Chowdhury.
About the shifting of BNP’s position to celebrate Begum Khaleda Zia’s birthday on August 16 instead of August 15 this year, the information minister said the party (BNP) has changed its position being castigated by the people.
“People are highly criticizing the celebration on the fateful day of the nation. So, they (BNP) have changed the date of the celebration,” he said urging BNP leaders to fix the actual date of birth of Khaleda Zia.
“How, a party will move forward if they can not fix the date of birth of the party chief,” he asked.
Brushing aside the allegation of BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir that Awami League destroyed the country’s jute sector, the information minister remained that It was BNP government which shut down most of the jute mills including biggest one Adamjee Jute Mills after coming to power in 1991 and 2001.
On the other hand, it was the Awami League government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina which opened those jute mills one after another, giving the ownership of many factories to the workers after coming to power in 1996 and 2009,” he added.
The information minister also urged BNP secretary general to stop speaking blatant lie on the recent issue of trading of rawhides of the sacrificial animals after holy Eid-ul-Azha.
Dr Hasan said the number of sacrificial animals has been increased two to three times now as people’s economic condition became better over the last ten years.
But, due to restriction of compliance executed by the government for environmental protection, the number of tanneries didn’t increased. Some unscrupulous profit mongers wanted to take the benefit of the excess rawhide, he said.
The minister said the government is investigating the matter to find out anybody guilty for the trick.
Dr Hasan said the country is moving fast under the dynamic leadership of Bangabandhu’s daughter Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and it would continue to materialize the dream of Bangabandhu.
Pointing out the serial grenade attacks in 63 districts at a time on August 17, 2005 and grenade attack on Awami league rally on August 21, 2004, Professor Arefin said the Bangabandhu’s killers always chose the month of August for execution of their maneuvers. We have to remain alert about their plot, he said.