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Police bar activists, students protesting against DSA from marching towards Law Ministry

  • Published at 05:43 pm March 16th, 2021
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Police obstructing the leaders and activists of some left-leaning organizations while they were marching towards the Law Ministry to stage protests over writer Mustaq's death in custody and abolition of the Digital Security Act from Dhaka University’s TSC area on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 Focus Bangla

The protesters declared that they will continue their protest until their demands are met

Police on Tuesday obstructed leaders and activists of some left-leaning organizations near the Bangladesh Secretariat while they were marching towards the Law Ministry to stage protests over writer Mustaq's death in custody and abolition of the Digital Security Act. 

Some progressive student organisations including Bangladesh Chhatra Federation, Chhatra Front, Chhatra Union called for demonstrations in front of the Law Ministry. 

Around 200 protesters brought out a procession from Raju Sculpture in the TSC area on Wednesday noon.

Police obstructing the leaders and activists of some left-leaning organizations while they were marching towards the Law Ministry to stage protests over writer Mustaq's death in custody and abolition of the Digital Security Act from Dhaka University’s TSC area on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 Focus BanglaPolice obstructed them in front of the Secretariat while they marched towards it to lay siege to the Law Ministry.

Later they ended their protest program for the day and said that they will continue their protests until their demands are met.

The leaders and activists of some left-leaning organizations trying to pass the police barricades while they were marching towards the Law Ministry to stage protests over writer Mustaq's death in custody and abolition of the Digital Security Act from Dhaka University’s TSC area on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 Focus BanglaChhatra Federation Central President Golam Mostafa said: "We will continue our protest until our demands are met." 

Dhaka University teacher Professor Tanzim Hossain, Chhatra Front President Masud Rana, Chhatra Union General Secretary Sumaiya Setu spoke among others. 

Writer Mushtaq, 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, 2020, allegedly for posts over the government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The protesters trying to cross the police barricade to march towards the Law Ministry to stage protests over writer Mustaq's death in custody and abolition of the Digital Security Act from Dhaka University’s TSC area on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 Focus BanglaOn August 20, he was shifted to Kashimpur prison, Gias Uddin said.

Mushtaq reportedly suffered a heart attack inside his cell at Kashimpur prison on February 25 this year. He was rushed to Shaheed Tajuddin Medical College Hospital where he was declared brought dead.

Calls for Mushtaq's release were widespread and sustained throughout his time in prison. Soon after his arrest, more than 300 dignitaries in Bangladesh issued a joint statement demanding his release, including cartoonist Ahmed Kabir Kishore.

However, his bail applications were turned down on at least on four occasions.