Vol. 5 Num 650 Mon. March 27, 2006  

'Unite against militancy'

Awami League (AL) lawmaker and former state minister Sarder Amjad Hossain called for unity of pro-liberation forces against the Islamist militancy, communalism and fundamentalism.

He said the militant activities of Bangla Bhai and JMB were the blueprint of the ruling coalition partner Jamaat-e-Islami to destroy the country's sovereignty and independence.

He was addressing a public meeting of Bagmara AL at Rani Riverview high school playground yesterday.

The meeting was organised by Bagmara AL to mark the Independence Day and National Day.

Bagmara Upazila AL General Secretary Zakirul Islam, Vice President Reaz Uddin Ahmed, Azharul Haque, Birandronath Sarker, Joint Secretary Abdur Rashid Sarker and Saiful Islam also addressed the meeting with Bagmara Upazila AL president Abdus Sobhan Chowdhury in the chair.

Amjad said the ruling alliance is opposing the proposals for reforms of the caretaker system and the Election Commission (EC) to rig the election.

He reiterated his party's stand that there would be no election without reforms.

"They (alliance government) are sheltering militants and criminals to use them in vote rigging in the next election," he alleged.

Other AL leaders demanded arrest and punishment of godfathers who patronised militant kingpins.

They said militancy would not stop unless godfathers of militants are arrested.

Earlier, a procession carrying national and party flags was brought out in Bagmara municipal bazaar area and paraded different streets.

They chanted anti-government slogans and demanded immediate death penalty of JMB chief Bangla Bhai, Abdur Rahman and their godfathers.

Shafiqul Islam, a local journalist, told this correspondent that it was the first daylight AL procession at Bagmara upazila after the 'era' of Bangla Bhai.