An insult to Liberation War
Krishak Sramik Janata League President Kader Siddique yesterday said Tuesday's arrest warrant against a freedom fighter like him was an insult to the 1971 Liberation War and its freedom fighters.
At a press conference at his Mohammadpur residence in the capital, he said the warrant was issued because he had introduced a razakar. “I am waiting to be arrested,” he added.
A Dhaka court issued the warrant after Kader, without stating any reason, failed to appear for 14 consecutive days at the hearing of a defamation case accusing him of calling former home minister Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir a “Razakar”.
The complainant, Ruhul Amin, also a freedom fighter, filed the case on February 19, 2013, stating that Siddique, at a party conference at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh on February 9, said it was impossible to hold the war crimes trial when “a razakar home minister” was in the chair.
Alamgir, an additional deputy commissioner of Mymensingh during the 1971 Liberation War, was against the war and Kader “was a witness to his role”, the case states Kader as saying.
The court asked the Mohammadpur police officer-in-charge to submit by December 11 a report on the order's execution.