Ranga’s statement about Noor Hossain evokes huge criticism

The statement of Jatiya Party General Secretary Mashiur Rahman Ranga calling Shaheed Nur Hossain a ‘drug addict’ has evoked widespread criticism in socio-political circle and created ample ground for seeking apology to the nation by Ranga.

Various political parties, social and cultural organisations on Tuesday demanded the arrest of Jatiya Party leader Mashiur Rahman Ranga for his innocuous statement about Shaheed Nur Hossain. 

Former student leader and present Awami League joint general secretary Jahangir Kabir Nanak said, "Mashiur Rahman Ranga's statement about Shaheed Nur Hossain is baseless, unbalanced and ugly."  A top leader of a political party cannot make such a statement about Nur Hussain, Nanak said adding that Ranga must withdraw his statement.

Bangladesh Medical Association leader physician Mostafa Jalal Mohiuddin, who actively participated in the anti-Ershad movement during that time, said “Jatiya Party general secretary Moshiur Rahman Ranga has proved himself to be a great dictator by making such remark. I think Ranga should apologize, otherwise, the people of this country will take action against him (Ranga) ”.

Awami League joint general secretary Mahbub-ul Alam Hanif said, "This is a shameless statement. Nur Hossain was not only an activist of Jubo League, he was a symbol of democracy in Bangladesh. Such a statement about Nur Hussain is very sad and shameful. Ranga should apologize for this statement to the nation. ”

Dhaka University Central Student Union (DUCSU) has issued a statement denouncing the remark of Ranga who called Nur Hossain a 'drug addict'.

Terming the statement as sad, shameful, insulting and disrespectful to a martyr of anti-autocratic movement, DUCSU said Ranga should apologize for his statement to the nation.

At Nur Hussain Square (Zero Point) in the capital’s Gulistan area, Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader paid tribute to Shaheed Nur Hossain with flowers on November 10. Recalling Nur Hossain’s contributions to anti-autocracy movement, Quader said that martyrdom of Nur Hossain had strengthen the anti-autocratic movement, resulting in the ouster of Jatiya Party chairman Hussein Muhammad Ershad from power.

But when all political parties celebrated the November 10 as the Shaheed Nur Hossain Day, Japa celebrated it as a democracy day. 

Japa general secretary Mashiur Rahman Ranga on Sunday described Shaheed Nur Hossain as a drug addict. He also claimed that Ershad was not a dictator or a military ruler. 

Quader said Ranga must withdraw his nasty statement and seek forgiveness to the nation as demanded by members of the martyr's family in front of National Press Club. 

Parliamentarian Asim Kumar described Ranga’s statement about Shaheed Nur Hossain as baseless and demanded his unconditional apology to the nation. Nur  Hossain is a milestone in the movement for democracy, he said adding that the strength of the anti-Ershad  movement got momentum due to sacrifice of Nur Hussain.