Barrister Amirul Islam calls for disbanding RAB

Barrister Amirul Islam calls for disbanding RAB

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Alleging that Rab has been given the ‘license to kill’, senior jurist of the country Barrister Amirul Islam on Wednesday demanded that this elite force be disbanded immediately. “Rab has been given the license to kill, set up torture cells and set up a ‘killing industry’….this ‘killing industry’ has to be closed immediately,” he said while speaking at a lawyers’ rally at the conference room of the Supreme Court Bar Association. The rally was organised under the banner of ‘Narayangaj United Lawyers Society’ demanding the trial of the perpetrators of Narayanganj seven murders, taking steps to stop the incidents of forced disappearance and killing, and establishing the rule of law. Leaders of various Bar Associations across the country, irrespective of their party affiliations, were present at the rally held with eminent jurist Dr Kamal Hossain in the chair. Barrister Amirul Islam said all the rights that have been safeguarded by the constitution and that will have to be ensured. “For that we must fight for establishing institutions, we have to remain aware round the clock,” he said. He said the country currently has no one who can protest any misdeeds. “That’s why no institution has developed properly in the country. This is not the failure of the political parties alone. This is the failure of all.” Emphasising the necessity of politics in the country, he said politics has to be for setting up institutions. Barrister Amirul mentioned that an institution has to be built so that such killing cannot take place in the future. “The country’s 16 crore people have to be united to strengthen the constitutional rights of people,” he said. Dr Kamal Hossain said it is not acceptable by any means that a country run by its constitution will see extrajudicial killings. “This is a serious crime. We have to move together against such killings,” he said. He also advocated for formulating time-befitting laws. In this connection, he mentioned that it is not possible to tackle everything by the police act formulated in 1861. “It is not possible to ensure the security of people with this law.” Supreme Court Bar Association president Khandaker Mahbub Hossain said that the killing in Narayanganj was not an isolated incident. “It happened as part of the continuation of political tension,” he said. Mahbub, also the vice chairman of Bangladesh Bar Council, mentioned that the rule of law cannot be established when there is no democracy in the country. “That’s why we have to work together, irrespective of party affiliations, for having an elected and democratic government in the country,” he said. Executive Director of Ain o Shalish Kendra Advocate Sultana Kamal demanded an immediate end to such kind by the law enforcement agencies. Senior lawyer ABM Nurul Islam, Barrister Rokon Uddin Mahmud, former adviser to the caretaker government AF Hasan Arif, advocate Joynul Abedin, Barrister Mahbub Uddin Khokan, Barrister Rabeya Bhuiyan, Advocate ZI Khan Panna, Naryanganj District Bar Association president Shakhawat Hossain Khan and Amra Narayanganjbashi president Mahbubur Rahman Ismail also spoke at the rally. – UNB

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