DHAKA, Feb 23, 2013 (BSS) - Thousands of youngsters today took a fresh vow to carryon their street campaign for capital punishment to the 1971 war criminals at "Rayerbazar Badhyabhumi" or mass killing ground as Jamaat-e- Islami backed Islamists called a general strike tomorrow visibly to halt war crimes trial.
"We will carryon our movement until sending the war criminals
including Abdul Quader Mollah to gallows," leading organizer of
the youngsters Dr Imran H Sarkar said administering the oath with
thousands repeated the words raising their hands high.
Ahead of the oath, the protesters demanded exposure to justice those who set ablaze prayer mats inside the Baitul Mokarram national mosque instead of offering prayers, damaged shaheed minars and desecrating the national flags yesterday in the name of saving Islam.
Identical demonstrations were staged across the country while the protesters urged the people to reject the hartal called by the Jamaat and the like minded groups tomorrow as part of their evil campaign portraying the youngsters as "atheists or anti- Islam".
People cutting across their social and professional spheres joined the rally where a poor 70-year old widow, Shakhina Begum, spoke narrating how her husband was murdered in 1971 by Quader Mollah.
"I want him (Mollah) to hang myself . . . bring him before me," she said.
They also took the oath to continue their demonstrations until politics of JI and its students wing and Islami Chhatra Shibir are banned. The protesters termed the Jamaat and Shibir as terrorist organizations.
In his speech, Imran also condemned the attack on the media personnel and the law enforcers by Jamaat and their allies.
Many brave journalists embraced martyrdom during the war of
liberation for their writings against the then Pakistani ruler;
he said calling upon the journalists to carry on their duties to
build a secular country rooting out terrorist activities of
Recalling the courageous role played by the members of the
police during the War of liberation in 1971, he urged them to
resist the mayhem of Jamaat-Shibir like 1971 for foiling their
attempt to hamper trial process against the war criminals.
President of Bangladesh Chhatra League HM Badiuzzaman Sohag,
President of Bangladesh Chhatra Union SM Shuva, General Secretary
of Bangladesh Chhatra Moitri Tanvir Rusmat and General Secretary
of Samajtantrik Chhatra Front Mehedi Hasan Tamal, among others,
spoke at the rally.
However, the several hundreds of protestors took to the Shahbagh Square at 3pm and chanted slogans to press home their demands.
After the end of the national flag rally at Rayerbazar Badhyabhumi (mass killing ground), protestors also joined at the Shahbagh Square protest.
Meanwhile Sammilita Sangskritik Jote also staged a demonstration at the Teacher-Student Centre on Dhaka University campus this afternoon protesting the Islamists-backed by Jamaat- e-Islami triggered violence and demanding the death penalty to 1971 war criminals. They also urged the people to boycott tomorrow's hartal.
Cultural personalities Ramendu Majumdar and Mamunur Rashid attended the programme. Later, they also joined the Shahbagh Square.
The mass signature campaign is also going on at the Projanma Chattar of Shahbagh Square and across the country, which would end on March 7. The protestors would send the signatures to the parliament.
The life term imprisonment for Jamaat-e-Islami assistant secretary general Abdul Quader Mollah handed down on February 5 by the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT)-2 angered the youths prompting them to begin the sit-in at Shahbagh as they believed he deserved death penalty for his crime against humanity in 1971. The protest meantime has already turned into a mass movement and spread across the country and among the expatriate Bangalees.