Vol. 5 Num 592 Fri. January 27, 2006  
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SAMS Kibria's first death anniversary today

The nation today pays tribute to former finance minister and Awami League lawmaker Shah AMS Kibria, who was assassinated in a grisly grenade attack in his hometown in Habiganj on this day last year.

Kibria's murder had sparked violent protests in the streets and the opposition alliance put the blame on the government.

Different foreign missions in Dhaka and the international community also protested against the killing of Kibria, who was also executive director of the Escap with the rank and status of the UN under-secretary-general.

On the eve of Kibria's first death anniversary, the slain leader's family, the leader of the opposition, civil society members and different organisations asked the government to bring the real culprits to justice.

They held rallies, processions and human chains yesterday in protest against "incomplete" investigation in the murder case.

As part of today's programmes, the Kibria family, the AL and its front organisations and different socio-cultural bodies will place wreaths at Kibria's grave in Banani at 8:00am. A milad mehfil will be held after Asr prayer at the slain leader's Dhanmondi residence Malancha.

The AL tomorrow organises a discussion at the auditorium of Institute of Engineers, Bangladesh to be addressed by party chief and Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina.

Meanwhile, the family of Kibria yesterday slammed the government for its failure to bring the killers to justice even after one year.

"I don't believe anymore that I'll get justice under the current government. One year has passed and still the masterminds of my husband's killing are kept out of trial," Asma Kibria said.

She was addressing a rally organised as part of the family's continuous movement titled "Blue for Peace" in front of Malancha in the city.

The government has conducted a "fully biased" investigation aiming to cover those, who gave the direction to kill Kibria, she said, adding, "The government has even awarded the police officer, who conducted such incomplete investigation."

This government is not supposed to come to power again if a free and fair election is held as it has failed to bring the culprits of any bomb and grenade attacks to trial, she observed.

Asma also demanded a probe into the assassination by the United Nations.

"The United Nations should come forward to investigate the killing of Kibria like it did after the assassination of Lebanon's former prime minister Rafik Hariri," she said.

She announced to continue with the peaceful protest programmes regularly until the real killers of Kibria are arrested.

The UN has a moral responsibility to carry out an investigation as he served under the UN with the status of under-secretary-general and played an important role for world peace, Sharifa Mosabbir, Kibria's sister, said.

Kibria's son Reza Kibria, two other sisters Safia Rahman and Fouzia Shahed, Reza Kibria's wife Rina Sultana Kibria and many intellectuals and commoners in blue dress spontaneously attended the rally.

Besides, a photo exhibition on the life of Kibria was arranged in front of Malancha marking the first death anniversary.

Prof Zillur Rahman Siddiqui said Kibria was the victim of Talebani mode of terrorism and the government assisted in such acts of terrorism.

Delivering a memorial speech on "Martyred Kibria: Terrorism -- Bangladesh Context", he said Kibria was the initiator of scholarly politics, a conscious politician, critic and intellectual. The nation will never forget his contributions and will pay tribute to the wise man.

Bangladesh Foundation for Development Research (BFDR) organised the memorial discussion at city's IDEB auditorium.

National Professor and BFDR President Kabir Chowdhury unveiled a book on Kibria titled 'Kibriar Arthonity' (Economics of Kibria), an analytical book written by Dr Mohammad Hannan and published by Anupam Prakashani.

Former chief justice Muhammad Habibur Rahman unveiled another book titled "Nirontor Prerona" edited by Monaem Sarkar and published by the BFDR.

He said, "It's our failure that we could not provide Kibria with necessary treatment when he was wounded and let him die, though he had the efficiency of receiving the best treatment anywhere in the world."

Dr Anisuzzaman, Prof Muntasir Mamun, Prof Shamsul Huda Harun, AAMS Arefin Siddiqui of Dhaka University, Dr Wahiduddin Mahmud, Atiur Rahman, Rezaul Haque Khondokar, Prof Salahuddin, Advocate Sultana Kamal, among others, were present.

In a statement yesterday, Sheikh Hasina strongly condemned the government for its failure to try the killers of Kibria.

Hasina alleged the grisly grenade attack that killed Kibria and four others was part of a conspiracy to kill the popular AL leaders and activists after the BNP-Jamaat-led coalition came to power.

Sylhet Division Development Action Council yesterday staged a red flag demonstration in the city demanding trial of the killers of Kibria.

Prior to taking out a procession with red flags, speakers at a brief rally at the Shaheed Minar said the defeated forces of the Liberation War are killing progressive leaders one after another as part of a blueprint.

Advocate Abed Reja, president of council, presided over the rally.

Meanwhile, hundreds of people took part in another 'Blue for Peace' programme organised by Bangabandhu Bayashko Punarbason Kendra (a rehabilitation centre for old people) on Topkhana Road in the capital demanding fair trial in Kibria killing case.