Attempt on life of Bashundhara MD: Protests staged across country
Peoples Time Desk
People from different walks of life took to the streets in various parts of the country on Saturday and staged protests against an attempt to assassinate Bashundhara Group Managing and Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra Limited Chairman Sayem Sobhan Anvir.
On Friday morning, police arrested a young man, Saiful Islam Saad, 23, from Sautul Quran Madrasah and Orphanage at Bashundhara Residential Area in the capital on suspicion of his involvement in a plot to assassinate the Bashundhara Group Managing Director.
It was alleged that Whip Shamsul Haque Chowdhury and his son Nazmul Karim Chowdhury Sharun masterminded the assassination plot due to previous hostilities.
According to reports reaching the news desk from different districts, people spontaneously joined protest rallies and human chains and strongly demanded arrest and trial of the masterminds of the murder plot.
Speakers at the events said Sayem Sobhan Anvir is making contributions not only to the country’s economy but has also secured his own place in the international arena.
In Khulna, Mofidul Islam Tutul, director of Khulna Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KCCI), termed the attempt heinous and demanded that exemplary punishment be meted out to the culprits.
He made the demand while speaking at a human chain. Recalling contributions of the Bashundhara Group Managing Director to the country’s economy, he aid Sayem Sobhan Anvir plays a distinct role in the business through inducting innovative ideas and updated technologies. “We urge Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the authorities concerned in the judiciary and administration to take necessary steps to bring the perpetrators to book,” Tutul said.
He also demanded a neutral investigation into the attempt on the life of the Bashundhara Group Managing Director.
If the attacker and masterminds of the incident are not arrested and punished, the businessmen will go on a tougher movement, he warned.
Former KCCI President SM Nazrul Islam said a vested quarter tried to kill Sayem Sobhan Anvir on several occasions. “Arrested Saad is mere a member of the big gang, which must be unearthed and punished.”
In Narsingdi, people under the banner of ‘Sacheton Nagorik Samaj’ (Platform of conscious citizens) held a human chain in protest against the attempt on the life of the Bashundhara Group Managing Director.
Several hundred people took part in the human chain held at Hemendra Saha crossing at noon. The participants demanded capital punishment of the perpetrators and masterminds of the heinous plot.
Narsingdi Press Club founding General Secretary and the Dainik Ittefaq senior journalist Nibaran Roy, freedom fighter Priti Ranjan Saha, Daily Samasangjog Editor Ahadul Huq Samir, business leader Shakil Ahmed and Narsingdi Shuvosangha General Secretary Rakibul Islam Masum spoke on the occasion.
Speakers said if Whip Shamsul Haque Chowdhury and his son Nazmul Karim Chowdhury Sharun are not arrested, they will wage a tougher movement.
In Tangail, a human chain was formed protesting the assassination attempt on the Bashundhara Group Managing Director.
'Sacheton Nagorik Samaj' organised the human chain in front of Bhuapur upazila parishad complex at noon.
Journalists Badiuzzaman, Shah Alam Pramanik, Abdur Razzak, Kajal Arya, Asadul Islam Babul, Kamal Hossain, Atowar Rahman Mintu, Abdul Alim and Syed Sarwar Raju and people from different walks of life took part in the human chain.
Speakers at the event demanded immediate arrest and exemplary punishment of those who are the masterminds and instigators of the heinous act.
Principal of Govt Maulana Mohammad Ali University College Shahiduzzaman Mia said, “We’ve heard of several attempts and plots to assassinate Sayem Sobhan Anvir, a prominent industrialist, sports organiser and media tycoon in the country. This incident is reprehensible and atrocious. A fair trial is required subject to investigation.”
In Narayanganj, Sacheton Nagorik Samaj held a human chain in protest against plot to assassinate Bashundhara Group Managing Director.
Hundreds of people under the banner of Sacheton Nagorik Samaj took part in the programme held at Central Shaheed Minar at Chasara Saturday afternoon.
Nagorik Samaj president Advocate Abdul Mannan, general secretary Advocate Kazi Mamun, were present, among others.
Speaking on the occasion, the participants of the human chain demanded arrest of whip Shamsul and his son Sharun who are mastermind of the plot.
In Barishal, people of different sections held a human chain at 4pm on Saturday protesting against attempt to kill Bashundhara Group Managing Director.
Presided over by former general secretary of Barishal Press Club Murad Ahmed, the event was attended by his successor (press club’s incumbent general secretary) Kazi Miraz Mahmud, Sampadak Parishad’s general secretary SM Jakir Hossain, Barishal journalist leader Ferdous Sohagh and journalists Apurbo, Kawsar Hossain Rana, SM Mainul Islam, Mushfik Shourav and Azim Hossain.
They demanded the safety of Bashundhara Group MD to be beefed up and the people involved in attempt to kill him to be punished.
In Rajshahi, a human chain was formed at noon in the city’s Kadirganj area protesting the assassination attempt of the Bashundhara Group MD and demanded immediate arrest of the plotters.
The speakers said, "It is not enough to arrest just one person, the masterminds behind it and the real culprits should be arrested immediately.”
Among others, Rajshahi Union of Journalists president Rafiqul Islam, Rajshahi Photo Journalists Association president Assaduzzaman Asad and the executive committee member Rabiul Islam of the Rajshahi Television Journalists Association were also spoke on the occasion.
In Gazipur, a protest rally was held demanding arrest of those who were involved in the attempted murder of the Bashundhara Group MD.
The protest rally was formed at the Gazipur Press Club at noon on Saturday.
Former President Md Khairul Islam of the Gazipur Press Club presided over the rally.
Gazipur Press Club president Md Mazharul Islam Masum, former president of the club Mukul Kumar Mallick, Senior vice president Md Alamgir Hossen, former secretary general Delowar Hossen, Gazipur Print Media Journalist Association president and Kaler Kantho staff correspondent Sharif Ahmed Shamim, Gazipur Press Club vice president Md Aminul Islam, secretary general and district correspondent Shah Shamsul Haque Ripon of the daily Jugantor, joint editor Md Moniruzzaman, Nazrul Islam Azhar of the daily Banglar Bhumi, office secretary Palash Mallick of Gazipur Press Club, staff reporter Sheikh Shafiuddin Jinnah of NEWS24, staff reporter Md Rajib Sarkar of Banglanews24 were spoke on the event.
Daily Sun district correspondent M Assaduzzaman Saad moderated the protest rally.
The speakers said, "Bashundhara Group is the topmost industrial family of the country. Thousands of people are employed here. Besides, Bashundhara Group is playing a vital role in real estate, economy, employment and the development of the country. This industrial group stands beside the common people of the country during different calamities and crisis by providing relief materials including food, shelter and treatment.”
“This is a heinous and reprehensible act to attempt murder of this industrial group’s Managing Director and Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra Limited Chairman Sayem Sobhan Anvir. We demand immediate arrest of the masterminds -- Whip Shamsul Haque Chowdhury and his son Sharun Chowdhury.”