Juba League, the youth front of the ruling Awami League, on Monday dissolved its thana and municipality units in Savar following reports on its alleged link with the arrested owner of Rana Plaza that collapsed on Wednesday killing over 375 people.
The youth front in a
statement said Bangladesh Awami Juba League Central Executive committee took the
decision to dissolve the units as fingers were pointed at it in the wake of
controversy centring Mohammad Sohel Rana.
It also demanded punishment for
Rana for his alleged involvement in the tragedy.
According to local
residents, Rana is the Senior Joint Convenor of Juba League’s Savar municipality
unit. But the youth affiliate of the ruling party strongly refutes such
Juba League Chairman Omar Faruk Chowdhury and General Secretary
Harunur Rashid said there was no post called Senior Joint Convenor at any level
in their organisation.
“So it is clear that Rana is a self-styled Juba
League leader and created the post (of a Senior Joint Convenor) himself only for
his personal interests,” it added.
However, Rana had circulated various
posters across Savar claiming he is a Senior Joint Convener of the Juba League’s
local municipality unit. The posters also had a picture of Member of Parliament
Talukdar Mohammad Towhid Jung Murad.
Locals alleged Rana became powerful
after taking over drug syndicate in the area recently under the patronage of
Murad. The MP, however, rubbished the claim.
Rapid Action Battalion
arrested Rana on Sunday from Benapole of Jessore while he was trying to flee to
neighbouring India. There has been a countrywide outrage over the incident.
Callousness on the part of Rana and other garment owners allegedly led to the
Rana is now on 15-day police remand. A court granted the remand
in two cases filed by police and capital’s development authority