• Sunday, Jan 29, 2023
  • Last Update : 09:54 am

BNP describes Mushtaq’s death as state-sponsored murder

  • Published at 11:00 am March 4th, 2021
Protest writer Mushtaq Ahmed
Protesters demand to abolish the Digital Security Act (DSA) while staging demonstrations on the Dhaka University campus over the custodial death of writer Mushtaq Ahmed. The photo was taken on Saturday, February 27, 2021 Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

BNP demands immediate release of all those arrested under the Digital Security Act

BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Thursday alleged that the killing of writer Mushtaq Ahmed was “carried out by the state”.

The BNP secretary general came up with the allegation at a rally in front of the Jatiya Press Club protesting the death of writer Mushtaq and Noakhali journalist Borhanuddin Mozakkir in infighting between two factions of Awami League. Jubo Dal organised the rally.

“Writer Mushtaq Ahmed was killed keeping him in jail unjustifiably after his arrest under the Digital Security Act. We said in the very beginning that it is a state-sponsored assassination,” said the BNP leader.

He also said BNP is demanding a judicial probe into the killing.

“Not only one person, around 700 people have been arrested under the act. All, from 5 year-old children to housewives have been arrested just for criticising the government or drawing cartoons ….our journalists are the worst victims.”

“This government is a fully illegal government, an unelected one. They’re there in power by force and are enacting anti-people laws to cling to power. They’ve snatched people’s freedom of speech through the Digital Security Act,” he added.

Fakhrul demanded immediate release of all those arrested under the Digital Security Act.

He also demanded the withdrawal of ‘false cases’ against their Chairperson Khaleda Zia and Acting Chairman Tarique Rahman and holding of fresh elections under a nonpartisan government.

He called upon the political parties to get united and said: “This government must step down, they don’t have the legitimacy. We hope the government will fall with people’s united movement,” the BNP secretary general said.

BNP leaders Amanullah Aman, Shahiduddin Chowdhury Anee, among others, attended the rally presided over by Jubo Dal president Saiful Alam Nirab.

Huge police personnel remained deployed in front of the Press Club since morning while water canons and riot cars were also kept ready.

The rally started at 10 am and the BNP men left the place around 11:30 am.

Writer Mushtaq reportedly suffered a heart attack inside his cell at Kashimpur Jail on Thursday last.

"He was rushed to Shaheed Tajuddin Medical College Hospital where he was declared brought dead," Senior Jail Superintendent Md Gias Uddin said.

An unnatural death case was filed with the Gazipur Metropolitan Police's Sadar Police Station in connection with Mushtaq's custodial death.

The 53-year-old writer, who published the book "Kumir Chaasher Diary" under the pen name Michael Kumir Thakur, was picked up by Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) personnel from his Lalmatia home on May 2, allegedly for posts over the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Facebook 50
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail