Vol. 5 Num 574 Fri. January 06, 2006  

HC grants ad-interim bail to CPB chief

A High Court (HC) division yesterday granted ad-interim bail to CPB president and its 15 leaders and activists in a case filed by Jatiya Party (JP-Ershad).

The bench comprising Justice Md Abdur Rashid and Justice ATM Fazle Kabir issued the order when Manzurul Ahsan Khan, president of Bangladesh Communist Party (CPB) and 15 others appeared before the HC seeking ad-interim bail.

Barrister Shafiq Ahmed conducted the case on behalf of the accused while Deputy Attorney General Advocate Waliur Rahman Khan stood for the state.

Rezaul Islam Bhuiyan, office secretary of JP, filed an attempted murder case against CPB President Manzurul Ahsan Khan, its acting General Secretary Shah Alam and 16 others on January 1.

At a rally at Ashkona Bazaar in Uttara yesterday, the CPB leaders demanded immediate arrest of JP leaders and activists as they threatened to demolish the CPB office.

They also demanded arrest and trial of JP President HM Ershad and other party members as they attacked the CPB rally on January 1.

The speakers also urged all to strengthen the movement against the misrule of the four-party alliances.

Another CPB unit also held a protest rally at Nurjahan Road crossing in Mohammadpur.

Meanwhile, the CPB president and the acting general secretary in a joint statement condemned the police firing on the subscribers of Palli Biddyut Samity in Chapainawabganj on Wednesday that left three people dead and thousand others injured.

They demanded immediate arrest and trial of the police officers involved in the killings and compensation for the treatment of the injured.