Ganajagaran Mancha activist stabbedStaff Correspondent
An Udichi Shilpi Goshthi central committee who took part in the Shahbagh protests was stabbed at Paribagh in the capital early Saturday.
Arif Noor, 31, who used to shout slogans at the protest venue in February-March, was stabbed by unnamed people in the head in front of the Paribagh filling station
about 12.15am Saturday. He was on his way home at Basabo.
He was sent to Health and Hope Hospital on Green Road and was then moved to Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
Physicians said that he was out of danger. He had four stab wounds in the head.
Another Udichi member, Moniruzzaman Akash, told New Age that some unnamed people had stabbed Arif.
‘As he reached near the filling station at Paribagh, a group of five to six people reached the place in a microbus and stabbed him with a machete,’ DMCH police outpost inspector Md Mojammel Haque said.
The police said Arif had a laptop, a mobile and a money bag with him, but nothing was stolen.
Shahbagh police inspector (investigation) MA Jalil told New Age that none had been arrested and no case filed till 5:30pm.
Ganajagaran Mancha organisers and cultural activists in the evening on demonstrations across the country against the attack on Arif. The protesters at Shahbagh bought out a candle-light procession.
The Ganajagaran Manch spokesperson, Imran H Sarkar, alleged that extremist forces such as Jamaat-e-Islami, Islami Chhatra Shibir and Hefazat-e-Islam had led the attack. He also blamed the law enforcement agencies for their not being able to arrest anyone in this connection.
Udichi Shilpi Goshthi also rallied in front of the National Press Club against the attack where Communist Party of Bangladesh leader Manzurul Ahsan Khan, Bangladesh Chhatra Union president SM Shuvo, Jubo Union president Abdullah-hel-Kafi, among others, spoke. Kamal Lohani presided over the gathering. A procession followed, joining the demonstrations at Shahbagh.
Charan Sangskritik Kendra also issued a statement demanding an early arrest of the attackers.
Earlier, blogger and online activist Ahmed Rajib Haidar was stabbed to death near his house on February 15.
The Shahbagh protests began on February 5 demanding death penalty for all war criminals after International Crimes Tribunal 2 had sentenced Jamaat’s assistant general secretary Abdul Quader Molla to life in prison.
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