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Under threat yet resolute

Imran wants more safety

Threats by Jamaat-Shibir would not deter youths from continuing Shahbagh movement, Imran H Sarker, one of the key organisers, said yesterday.

After the killing of a protester, Ahmed Rajib Haidar, on Friday, Imran said, none of the organisers felt safe but that could not damp down the call for death penalty for war criminals.

He instead vowed to strengthen the unprecedented movement that began on February 5 hours after Jamaat leader Abdul Quader Mollah was handed down life imprisonment for war crimes. The demonstrators are demanding death penalty for all war criminals, including Quader Mollah.

Imran talked to The Daily Star at the media cell of protesters at Shahbagh regarding different aspects of the movement.

Against the backdrop that the organisers have been receiving death threats by activists of the Jamaat-e-Islami and student body Islami Chhatra Shibir, he said law enforcement agencies should beef up security at the venue and ensure protection of the frontline activists round the clock.

Terming the existing security measures insufficient, he said, "Not only the movement organisers but also some newsmen and the imam, who administrated the namaz-e-janaza of Rajib, received death threats. The law enforcement agencies should be more alert."

An architect and blogger, Rajib was found stabbed dead near his house at Pallabi in the capital Friday night. The relatives and protesters claim that Jamaat-Shibir men killed Rajib to foil the movement.

Hours after the killing, protesters at Shahbagh said they were more determined to continue their protest programme.

Asked about the next course of action, Imran said they would continue the demonstration until their six-point demand submitted to the Speaker was met.

However, there may be a few changes to the pattern of the movement. The issues which are being discussed now include time frame of the movement and announcing protest programmes across the country.

"We have already gained the primary achievement as the government has amended the International Crimes (Tribunals) Act, 1973."

Asked about their announcement that they would resist today's hartal called by Jamaat, Imran said, "We have called upon all people to bring out their vehicles on roads and to keep open all the educational institutes, shops and industries, defying the hartal."

If all vehicles operate on roads and business activities are carried out as usual, the hartal will be resisted, Imran said, adding that imposing a ban on politics of Jamaat-Shibir would be a proper reply to their politics of killing and anarchy.

Their demands include death penalty for Jamaat leader Abdul Quader Mollah and all other war criminals, revocation of state power to grant amnesty to the people convicted by the international crimes tribunals, an amendment to the International Crimes Tribunal Act, allowing appeals against inadequate punishment and disposal of appeals from both the defence and the prosecution within three months of their filing and imposing a ban on Jamaat and other religion-based political parties.

"Out of six, one of our demands has been met till date," said protest organiser Bappadittya Bashu.

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It's very true that all the organisers r under threats. But just to let the people know if 1 been killed then more 999 people will woke up and come to Shahbagh. And this dirty Jamaat-Shibir must be banned. And we simply cannot sit and see the Jamaat's dirty match. We are on roads and who ever come next they have to stop killing people the way Jamaat and Shibir doing. Just to ask how many Jamaat-Shibir r their holding the party??? Don't forget we are holding our Motherland Bangladesh and we have much power than the Jamaat-Shibir Party. We r not for any party but all the party is for us. Zero Tolerance for dirty politics.

: Farzana

Go ahead. We are with you across the country.

: Mohammad Jasim


  • Labu Khan
    Monday, February 18, 2013 03:49 AM GMT+06:00 (155 weeks ago)

    Imran H Sarker is a blogger turned so called hero after the killing of Ahmed Rajib Haidar, another blogger. He is now getting all the media attention. And also the credit for the protests in Shahbagh. Getting threats is nothing unusual because his rival bloggers are dangerous. If he is really concerned about the security then he should go into hiding and forget about this movement. Have courage and face the situation like a freedom fighter.

  • Mohammed Shah Alam Khan from Ottawa
    Monday, February 18, 2013 03:59 AM GMT+06:00 (155 weeks ago)

    This demand of Imran Sarker that is govt. must ensure the protection of the frontline activists round the clock is genuine so that AL govt must do this otherwise they will be responsible for any death of activist. Now it is our responsibilities to pray to Allah to save these boys from the mouth of Jamaat Shibir as well as force AL govt to put security round the clock.

  • jahan ara
    Monday, February 18, 2013 08:42 AM GMT+06:00 (155 weeks ago)

    That is the spirit. Keep it up. Joy Bangla.

  • Ahsan Kabir
    Monday, February 18, 2013 09:45 AM GMT+06:00 (155 weeks ago)

    We welcome Imran's unwavering stance justifying their demand for Jamaat ban and death penalty to all war criminals. Rajib's murder has not dispirited our moral strength rather it has put us steps forward towards realizing our demand. But both the government and the demonstrators should be cautious enough to checkmate any conspiracy. Our anti-independence champion countries are observing the issue and trying to keep incubating the anti-liberation religion-based politics in future because they know very well that upon the extinction of such politics in our country their control over us shall damp down.

  • Hafeejul Aalm
    Monday, February 18, 2013 03:56 PM GMT+06:00 (155 weeks ago)

    The Prime Minister has already asked the law enforcement agencies to take adequate security measures for Dr. Imran and other bloggers and organizers of Shahbagh movement. This should be extended to all the participants also, particularly to women and children, This is all the more necessary because the Shahbagh movement is a non-violent and peaceful demonstration against the anti-liberation thugs and killers.

  • Masudur Rahman
    Monday, February 18, 2013 04:46 PM GMT+06:00 (155 weeks ago)

    Right spirit- you desreve admiration. The fight for right cause and values (humanity, democracy and secularism) surely would be successful- the cowardly fanatics would never be able to undermine the brave young forces. The nation is with you.





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