Bangladesh Rukhe Darao, a platform of progressive and pro-liberation forces, yesterday urged the government to take stern action against Jamaat-Shibir men for their involvement in the violence escalating around the country, including Satkhira.
As the government is failing to take necessary action against Jamaat-Shibir, the anti-liberation forces are continuously carrying out violent activities by killing people and destroying their properties, they alleged at a press conference.
The press conference was organised in the capital' Liberation War Museum to brief about Jamaat-Shibir's violence on Awami League activists and minority communities in Satkhira centring war criminal Abdul Quader Mollah's execution.
A team of the platform led by journalist Abed Khan visited Kalaroya, Debhata, Kaliganj and Asashuni upazila of Satkhria on December 22 and 23 and prepared a report based on their observations.
Sultana Kamal, former adviser to a caretaker government, alleged that the Jamaat-Shibir men were carrying out violent activities by creating mayhem in the same way they had done during 1971.
“Jamaat-Shibir men are intentionally attacking leaders and activists of Awami League and minority people. They are also destroying properties of those people,” she added.
Sultana Kamal, also a rights activist and executive director of Ain o Salish Kendra, added that Jamaat-Shibir men were committing grave human rights violations through their violent activities in Satkhira and other parts of the country.
“People who believe in the spirit of the Liberation War must resist these war criminals and communal forces. The government has to ban them immediately,” she said.
The rights activist, however, said the law enforcers should be careful in exercising their power to control the violence.
Journalist Abed Khan claimed that Jamaat-Shibir men killed at least 27 people, mainly AL leaders and activists, in Satkhira in the recent violence since November 26. The figure, however, stood around 45 since February this year, he mentioned.
He alleged that Jamaat-Shibir men had carried out unbelievable violence in Sathkhira centring the tribunals' verdicts against their war criminal leaders. But the administrations and leading leaders of AL did not stand beside the victims, he said.
He recommended, among others, that law enforcers take stern action, banning Jamaat-Shibir, expediting the war crimes trials and execution of verdicts and the AL high command to stay alert to protect people and minority communities.
Dr Sarwar Ali, Prof Sadeka Halim, Dr Kaberi Gayen and actress Rokyea Prachi were present.