Hundreds of activists of the organisations upholding the spirit of the 1971 Liberation War demanded BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s arrest yesterday staging demonstration at Gulshan-2 intersection arrest for her derogatory remarks on the number of martyrs in Liberation War of 1971.The demonstrators were demanding her punishment as she raised question about the figures of Liberation War martyrs. They said she undermined the spirit of the Liberation War and they wanted a law in the next session of the parliament to prosecute her.
Around 11:00 am, under the leadership of Ekattorer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee’s acting president Shahriar Kabir, activists of Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsad, Amra Gorbito Bangali, people who lost their dears in the war and people pf other organisations gathered at the crossing to besiege Khaleda Zia’s residence. But the police prevented them from marching towards her house. Facing resistance, they held demonstrations on the spot.
Shahriar Kabir in the demonstration urged the government to file a sedition case against Begum Zia. He also demanded formulation of law on the denial of Liberation War so that no one can make defamatory remarks regarding the war.
Ferdousi Priyabhashini, the first one to publicly announce herself as Birangona, I don’t need to say anything about her who can cut cakes in the first hour of Aug 15, the National Mourning Day. Sedition case should be filed against her.
State Minister for Post and Telecommunications Tarana Halim Kaleda Zia must beg pardon to the nation for what she said on the number of the martyred.
“Khaleda Zia and party activists have repeatedly been insulting the heroic souls of the country. We tolerated much but our patience has limit. Soon implementation of law on the denial of Liberation War will be proposed. The people who deny the truth of war will be brought to justice,” said Tarana Halim.
While addressing a discussion meeting at the city’s Engineers Institution Auditorium on Dec 21, Khaleda Zia expressed doubts over the government’s claim that three million people died during the 1971 Liberation War.
She also said Bangabandhu wanted to become the prime minister of undivided Pakistan rather than lead the country to independence. Her comments drew widespread flak among pro-liberation forces in the country. Many slammed her as an ‘agent of Pakistan’ and demanded that she leaves Bangladesh.
Furthermore, BNP leader Gayeshwar Chandra Roy while speaking at a meeting on 25 December, suggested a ‘survey to determine the correct number’ of Liberation War martyrs. While, Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, another leader of the party, said ‘Awami intellectuals’ are criticising Khaleda because there is a ‘lack of information’ on the real figure.