The letter, widely spread in the name of Aroo Prakashon’s owner Alamgir Mollik, is ill-motivated and fake, claims Bangladesh Publishers and Book Sellers Association (BAPUS).
BAPUS says,the address and the signature used with his name is false. A quarter has been into this to gangrene the unity among the publishers and sellers.
A number of letters was widely spread between August 22 to 23, last month among Banglabazar based publishers mentioning ‘some 98 publishers are associated with the politics of Jamaat-e-Islami’, having the name of AlamgirMollik, former vice-president of BAPUS, as the writer. It created anger and assorted reactions among the publishers.
However, BAPUS has sought legal action from the law enforcers. A General Diary (GD) has been filed at Sutrapur Police Station on August 25.
The letter urged the Project Director of Secondary Education Development Program (SEDP), not to buy books this year from those publishers, stating them to have been associated with the politics of ‘Jamaat-e-Islami’. The government generally buys books from different publishers of Banglabazar, under SEDP project. The president of BAPUSArif Hossain has termed such an attempt as ‘baseless and intentional’. When asked about the intention of the evildoers behind the circulation of such a letter, he told Bangladesh Post, “I think a third party might be associated with such an evil attempt.”
When asked about the emerging situation AlamgirMollik told Bangladesh Post “As a publisher, I feel utterly sad to see the letter objectively issued by my name.
I feel humiliated too. I respect all publishers and always consider them as my colleagues.”