Sampriti Bangladesh, a citizens’ platform promoting secularism, yesterday denied any link with an advertisement on “identification of terrorists” that was published in several national newspapers on May 12 and went viral on social media.
“Publication of such an advertisement is an evil attempt of the anti-Liberation War forces to mislead the nation through disseminating false information about our organisation. We have no link with this advertisement,” claimed the organisation’s convener Pijush Bandyopadhyay.
He was speaking at a press conference organised by Sampriti Bangladesh at Jatiya Press Club.
Pijush, a prominent cultural personality, said there is no scope for communalism in the organisation and the confusion that was created centring the advertisement is unexpected and perplexing.
He said the organisation is being run upholding the spirit of the Liberation War and remaining respectful to every religion.
“We have been working for a beautiful Bangladesh where people of every religion live together harmoniously -- free of discrimination, repression and harassment,” he added.
Citing Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s zero tolerance policy against militancy, Pijush said his organisation will cooperate with all quarters that remain active against terrorism and communalism.
He urged people from different walks of life to forge a strong resistance against terrorism.
Among others, political and security analyst Maj Gen (retd) AK Mohammad Ali Shikder, Sampriti Bangladesh Member Secretary Mamun Al Mahtab Swapnil, Secretary General of the Christian Association Bangladesh William Proloy Samadder and former secretary of cultural affairs ministry Md Nasir Uddin Ahmed were present.