March towards Khaleda’s home faces police obstruction

New Age Online
The protesters of Muktijoddha Sangsad Santan Command gather at the Banani ground in the capital on Saturday and chant slogans against Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia protesting her comment over the number of Liberation War martyrs. – Focusbangla photo

The protesters of Muktijoddha Sangsad Santan Command gather at the Banani ground in the capital on Saturday and chant slogans against Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia protesting her comment over the number of Liberation War martyrs. – Focusbangla photo

Police on Saturday foiled an attempt to lay a siege to the house of Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia in Gulshan by Muktijoddha Sangsad Santan Command.
The Muktijoddha Sangsad Santan Command, a pro-Awami League organisation of the children of freedom fighters, announced the programme protesting at Khaleda’s comment over the number of Liberation War martyrs.
Khaleda recently told a meeting that there was controversy over the numbers of Liberation War martyrs. The official number of Liberation War martyrs is 3 million.
Around a hundred leaders and activists of the organisation were stopped at Gulshan-2 intersection when they tried to move to Khaleda’s house around 9:00am.
As the protesters move to the BNP chief’s house, Gulshan police division additional deputy commissioner Abdul Ahad told the protesters that holding such programmes in a diplomatic area was prohibited.
The protesters then moved to the Banani ground where they were chanting slogans against the BNP chief.
At around 11:00am, they again tried to move to Khaleda’s house, but stopped by police placing barbed wire fence.
They later ended the programme there announcing demand of Khaleda’s trial for ‘demeaning comments’ on Liberation War.
They also demanded enacting law against distortion of history of Liberation War and severing diplomatic tie with Pakistan.
Attending the protest, Turin Afroz, prosecutor of International Crimes Tribunal, which deals with the cases of war crimes during Bangladesh Liberation War, said Khaleda Zia was resorting controversy over the number of martyrs.
‘Khaleda talks like the way Pakistan do to prove that they did not commit war crimes in 1971’, she said.
Suchinta Foundation chairman Mohammad A Arafat said Khaleda did not have any right to live in Bangladesh any longer as she was doing ‘Pakistani politics’.
He demanded ousting of Khaleda from Bangladesh.
Martyred intellectual Alim Chowdhury’s daughter Nuzhat Chowdhury said the government should enact a law so that none can raise controversy over Liberation War.
Gulshan police division deputy commissioner Mustaq Ahmed said that no untoward incident was happened but the protesters were asked to leave the area as it was a diplomatic enclave.

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