Four protesors of statue removal sent to jail

Four protesors of statue removal sent to jail


A court here on Saturday sent four people, arrested during protests against the removal of the statue of Greek goddess from the Supreme Court premises, to jail in a case filed for attempting to kill police and obstructing them from performing their duties.

The accused are Chhatra Union central committee general secretary Liton Nandi, its Dhaka College unit president Morshed Ali, its Lalbag thana unit organising secretary Al Amin Hossain Joy and Udichi Shilpigosthi leader Arif Noor.

Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Satyabrata Sikder passed the order after sub-inspector of Shahbag Police Station Mirza Badrul Hasan, also the investigation officer of the case, produced them before the court.

Meanwhile, advocate Noor Uddin, lawyer of the arrestees, filed a bail petition. The hearing on the petition will be held on Sunday.

Zulfikul Islam, a sub-inspector of Shahbagh Police Station, filed the case against the four leaders and 120-140 unnamed people with the police station on Friday night.

The case was filed against them for attempting to kill policemen and obstructing them from performing their duties during the demonstrations on High Court Mazar Chattar protesting the removal of the statue on Friday.

Police foiled the attempt of left-leaning student organisations to stage demonstrations on the High Court Mazar Chattar on Friday and arrested the four of the protesters.

On April 9, 2017, a writ was filed with the High Court, seeking removal of the statue from the Supreme Court premises.

On February 11 last, Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh also demanded the removal of the statue mentioning that there is no such idol at the apex courts of the US and neighbouring India, and there cannot be any idol at the Supreme Court of a Muslim majority country like Bangladesh either.


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