Death threat to Dr Kamal condemned
By Staff Reporter
Jan 9, 2005, 11:14
Different political parties, professional bodies and individuals yesterday demanded of the government to take legal action against the people responsible for issuing death threats to several noted personalities, including lawyer Dr Kamal Hossain and poet Shamsur Rahman from a rally of Khatme Nabuwaat in the city on Friday.
Condemning the death threats, they also called for arresting, what they termed, the culprits as soon as possible and punishing them according to the laws of the land.
Six intellectuals of the country yesterday demanded of the government to take legal steps against the persons responsible for issuing death threats.
In a joint statement, they said their attention had been drawn to the statement of a rally of Khatme Nabuwaat held at the city's Nabisco crossing recently. In every democratic country of the world, they said the personal and professional freedom of every citizen is an internationally recognised right, which is also recognised by our constitution.
“But, we have noticed with deep concern that the organisers of the rally issued death threats to noted lawyer Dr Kamal Hossain, poet Shamsur Rahman and several others violating the constitution. It cannot be allowed to continue in a democratic and civilised country. We condemn such types of remarks,” they said.
The intellectuals who issued the statement were: Dr Khan Sarwar Murshid, Dr Salahuddin Ahmed, Dr Mosharraf Hossain, Dr Anisuzzaman, Dr Hayat Mamud and Dr Abul Barakat.
Bangladesh Bar Council vice-chairman Barrister Rokon Uddin Mahmud and executive committee chairman Mohammad Yusuf Hossain Humayun yesterday demanded of the government to take legal action against the Ameer of International Khatme Nabuwaat Movement for declaring Dr Kamal Hossain and Attorney General Hasan Arif as “Murtads” for providing legal assistance to the Kadiani community.
They said the case relating to the Kadiani issue is now under-trial. “It is the duty and responsibility of the lawyers to provide legal assistance in any case. Those who obstruct to this duty, they are the violators of the law and their trial is desirable.”
Jatiya Oikya Mancha yesterday expressed strong resentment at the threats to kill the country's noted lawyer Dr Kamal Hossain and Attorney General AF Hasan Arif by Khatme Nabuwaat for carrying out their professional duties in a case with the High Court recently.
In a joint meeting of Jatiya Oikya Mancha, Gano Forum, Juba Gano Forum, Jatiya Nari Oikya Mancha and Jatiya Chhatra Dhara yesterday, speakers condemned issuing threats to Dr Kamal Hossain and Hasan Arif by, what it said, an ultra-communal organisation.
The meeting, in a resolution, said such evil forces were pushing the country towards darkness by forming various armed communal groups and pursuing medieval barbarism.
With Advocate Zahirul Islam in the chair, the meeting demanded of the government to suppress such ultra-communal forces with iron hands for threatening the country's politicians, professionals, and intellectuals.
The meeting also convened countrywide protest rallies on Wednesday in protest against issuing threats to noted personalities like Dr Kamal Hossain.
Meanwhile, 15 former student leaders strongly condemned issuing threats to Dr Kamal Hossain and other intellectuals by fundamental communal force like Khatme Nabuwaat.
“We think that the religion traders are trying to destabilise the country’s democratic system and constitutional politics. We urge all peace-loving people of the country to build up strong resistance against these evil forces,” they said.
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