Diganta TV shunned in Sreemangal
Diganta Television, known as a pro-Jamaat-e-Islami TV channel, is no longer on air in Sreemangal upazila.
The cable operators of the upazila have stopped broadcasting the private television channel to express their solidarity with the ongoing movement for death penalty for all war criminals, most of whom are involved in Jamaat politics.
A cable operator of Kulaura upazila of the district also stopped airing the television channel for the same reasons.
The broadcasting of the private television channel was stopped in Sreemangal around 6:30pm on February 7, said the control room sources of Sreemangal Cable System, a platform of the upazila cable operators.
Kamrul Hasan Dolan, a director of the cable system, told The Daily Star that they stopped the operation of the television channel to uphold the team spirit of the movement that was launched after Jamaat leader Abdul Quader Mollah was given life term imprisonment instead of death sentence for committing crimes against humanity during the country's Liberation War in 1971.
Pranab Chowdhury Santu, another director of the cable system, said they would hold a meeting on February 15 to decide whether the broadcasting of the channel would be resumed. In Kulaura upazila, RB Cable TV Network stopped the broadcasting of Diganta TV. Talking to The Daily Star, MA Hamid, owner of the cable network, said he could not take part in the Liberation War of the country in 1971. But now, to pay tributes to the freedom fighters, he stopped broadcasting the channel.