Govt to complete war crimes trials
Al-led alliance vows at human chainStaff Correspondent
Leaders of the Awami League-led ruling alliance at a human chain in the capital vowed Thursday to remain in the streets to foil the anarchic activities of the Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh and its student wing, Islami Chhatra Shibir, across the country in a bid to foil the war crimes trials.
Agriculture minister Matia Chowdhury said the AL-led alliance would remain in the streets until completion of the trials of the perpetrators of crimes against humanity during the independence war in 1971.
Matia, an AL presidium member, said Jamaat-Shibir would not be able to foil the war crimes trials as that enjoyed united support of the people.
Matia, who joined the human chain on Bangabandhu Avenue, announced the next programmes of the alliance including holding mass contacts and rallies countrywide from January 30 to February 10. The combine will also hold rallies and take out processions across the country on February 15.
Workers Party of Bangladesh president Rashed Khan Menon said their government would complete the war crimes trials braving national and international pressures against them.
No single party had initiated the trials, but it was a national agenda, said Menon.
AL joint general secretary and foreign minister Dipu Moni expressed her dissatisfaction at the silence of the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party after announcement of first verdict by the International Crime Tribunal 2 against Abul Kalam Azad.
Samyabadi Dal general secretary and industries minister Dilip Barua, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal general secretary Sharif Nurul Ambia, Ganatantri Party general secretary Nurur Rahman Selim, and AL Dhaka City unit acting president MA Aziz and acting general secretary Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya, among others, addressed the human chain.
The ruling alliance formed one-hour human chains across the country Thursday in protest against alleged anarchic acts of Jamaat-Shibir across the country to foil the ongoing war crimes trials.
The human chains were held from 3:30pm to 4:30pm at district and upazila headquarters as well as in the capital.
The route of the human chain in Dhaka stretched from Gabtoli to Jatrabari via Shyamoli, Asad Gate, Russel Squire, Basundhara City, Shahbagh, High Court, Press Club, Bangabandhu Avenue, Ittefaq crossroads, Rajdhani Market, and Sayedabad.
Leaders and activists of the AL and its front organisations, Workers Party of Bangladesh, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal, Samyabadi Dal, Ganatantri Party, Gana Azadi League, Communist Kendra, and Ganatantrik Mojdur Party, among other alliance members, joined the demonstration with banners and festoons. They chanted slogans demanding early completion of the war crimes trials.
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