The Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) on Monday refused Jamaat-e-Islami permission to stage a rally on Tuesday at the north gate of Baitul Mukarram National Mosque in Dhaka.
Islamist party had held a rally at capital’s Motijheel under police watch on Feb
4, a day before party’s Assistant Secretary General Abdul Quader Molla was
sentenced to life in prison for crimes against humanity perpetrated during the
Liberation War in 1971.
Jamaat’s plea was rejected this time amid the
countrywide youth-orchestrated movement demanding death penalty for the war
criminals. Most of the war crimes accused are Jamaat leaders.
sought permission for the rally to be held at 3pm on Tuesday.
Jamaat had announced countrywide agitation on Tuesday to press release of its
top brass and dissolution of the International Crimes Tribunals, which are
trying the suspected war criminals.
DMP Motijheel zone Deputy
Commissioner Anwar Hossain on Monday evening told bdnews24.com: “We haven’t
given permission to them yet.”
After Jamaat leaders and activists
assaulted policemen and clashed with them during several general strikes over
the past few months, the party had threatened the government with a ‘civil
Ruling Awami League’s allies Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal, Workers
Party, Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) and Socialist Party of Bangladesh
(SPB) also harshly criticised the police for permitting the Jamaat rally at the
The ongoing movement across Bangladesh, sparked from
the agitation at Shahbagh intersection, has raised a voice to ban the Islamist
party, a key ally of main opposition BNP.
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