Speakers at an extended meeting of Awami League’s (AL) Thakurgaon district unit yesterday urged taking early steps to expel those who entered the party from families of war criminals and Razakars (collaborators of the Pakistan occupation army during the 1971 Liberation War).
AL Presidium Member Ramesh Chandra Sen, also lawmaker from Thakurgoan-1 constituency, attended as chief guest while Abdul Mannan, senior vice-president of district AL, presided over the meeting held at Zila Parishad auditorium in Thakurgaon municipality.
“Party men should resist if anyone from families of war criminals or Razakars want to enter Awami League. Steps should be taken to find out and expel if any such people have already intruded,” BM Mozammel Haque, organising secretary of central AL, said in his speech as the main speaker.
He urged the local leadership to make room for dedicated activists in party and asked for completion of councils at ward and union levels within next 15 days.
Several local leaders and activists alleged that a few people belonging to families of war criminals and Razakars are now playing role in district AL’s policymaking.
Some people, who acted for BNP-Jamaat’s candidates in 2001 national elections, have occupied important positions in the district AL, they said.
Among others, district AL’s General Secretary Sadek Quraishi, Vice President Dipak Kumar Roy, and Joint Secretary ASM Golam Farukh Rubel addressed the meeting.