Jamaat calls 48 hour hartal beginning Sunday

Jamaat-e-Islam has called a ‘nonstop 48-hour’ shutdown beginning Sunday over Thursday’s death sentence for its Vice President Delwar Hossain Sayedee.The party’s Acting Secretary General Rafiqul Islam announced the protest programme in a statement hours after the International Crimes Tribunal-1 handed down the verdict for his crimes against humanity including genocide, murder, rape, arson, loot and persecution in 1971 in his neighbourhood, southern Pirojpur.
The verdict itself came amid a shutdown called by the party. One of its key members, Assistant Secretary General Quader Molla’s life-term imprisonment verdict was also marked by a shutdown on Feb 5 and the following day.

But Molla’s verdict triggered uproar among the hundreds of thousands of Bangladeshi youths who took to the street on Feb 5 and are continuing their demand for death penalty of all accused of war crimes.
The youths from capital’s Shahbagh vowed to resist the Sunday and Monday shutdown.
In the statement, Jamaat’s Acting Secretary General Khan said the party would enforce the shutdown rejecting the verdict as they felt it was given based on ‘false witnesses.’
They would also protest ‘the police firing’ during their Thursday shutdown when at least 50 people including policemen were killed across Bangladesh.
The statement said the party would also hold ‘special prayers’ after Friday’s Juma prayers.

(Source: bdnews24.com)

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