The death of Nurul Islam, the former president of Ganatantri Party and Bangladesh Trade Union Centre, was not an accident but a planned murder which has been proved with evidence, opined Professor emeritus Anisuzzaman while addressing a seminar to mark the 6th death anniversary of Nurul Islam yesterday.
Hailing Nurul Islam as a great political leader, he said: “Nurul Islam was an honest political leader and a role model. We don’t know the exact reason of not getting justice yet.”
Moutushi Islam, Nurul Islam’s only daughter expressed disappointment over the action taken by the government about the killing. She said: “Despite repeated assurance from the government and Awami League leaders, there has been no progress in ensuring justice.” She urged the government to arrest the killers of her father and brother without any delay.
Bangladesh Trade Union Centre (TUC) organised the discussion programme at the Liberation War Museum. At the commemoration ceremony, speakers blamed the government for delaying the case and also criticized the law enforcing agencies for their negligence in finding the actual reasons and the mastermind behind the incident.
Nurul Islam and his son Islam Tamohar were killed in a fire that broke out at their Lalmatia residence on December 3, 2008, just 26 days before the national elections. Tamohar died in the fire while Nurul Islam died the following day at the Combined Military Hospital in Dhaka. Nurul Islam was expected to be nominated from the then ruling grand alliance for contesting the election from Noakhali 1 constituency.
Abul Kalam Azad, joint secretary general of TUC said: “It was a planned murder. Though the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina herself termed the murder as sensational, the Awami League led government is yet to take effective action against the accused”.
Dewan Mohammad Ali, vice-president of TUC said: “We do not know why the AL government is nonchalant about the killing of Nurul Islam, who was an active leader of the 14 party alliance.”
“There are several clues to the killing of Nurul Islam but it is a mystery to all as to why the killers are yet to be brought under justice,” Pro-VC of BSMMU Dr Shahidullaha Shikdar said while expressing his views.