Protest against attempt on life of Bashundhara MD enters 3rd day
Peoples Time Desk
The countrywide protests against the repeated attempts to assassinate Bashundhara Group Managing Director Sayem Sobhan Anvir stepped into the third day on Monday.
People from different strata of the society joined the human chains and protest rallies took place in different places, including Shahbagh in the capital and Bogura, Sirajganj, Rangpur, Kushtia, Khulna, Jashore, Mymensingh, Pabna and Barishal.
Hundreds of protesters, especially journalists, condemned the plot and demanded exemplary punishment for the perpetrators.
Foiling an assassination attempt on the Bashundhara Group Managing Director, law enforcers arrested a youth on Friday. The following day, police produced arrestee Saiful Islam Saad, 23, before the court. Saad has been put on three-day remand.
During preliminary interrogation, Saad confessed that he was preparing to attack Sayem Sobhan Anvir during Jumma prayers on Friday at the behest of Jatiya Sangsad whip Shamsul and his son Sharun.
In Shahbagh of the capital, a human chain was held in front of the National Museum at 11am on Monday, condemning plot to kill Bashundhara Group Managing Director and Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra Limited Chairman Sayem Sobhan Anvir.
The participants of the human chain demanded immediate arrest of Jatiya Sangsad whip Shamsul Haque Chowdhury and his son Nazmul Karim Chowdhury Sharun for masterminding the plot.
Tuhin Ahmed, one of the organisers of the human chain, said “We are demanding arrest of whip Shamsul Haque and his son Sharun for their involvement in the conspiracy to kill Bashundhara MD. Sayem Sobhan Anvir is working for welfare of the country. He stood beside the poor and destitute in all critical times. He created employment of thousands of people.”
Russel, a participant of the human chain, said whip Shamsul and his son Sharun assigned a youth named Saad to adopt a job as domestic help in MD House in disguise and implement the plot. Later, they held a rally.
In Gulshan-2 of the capital, a human chain was formed demanding immediate arrest of Whip Shamsul Haque and his son Sharun for their heinous attempts to kill Bashundhara Group MD.
The programme was held at the traffic intersection around 11:00 am on Monday.
The speakers in the human chain said perpetrators attempted several times to kill Bashundhara MD. They demanded exemplary punishment to the culprits.
In ECB Chattar of Dhaka, a human chain was formed protesting the repeated attempts to kill Bashundhara Group MD.The residents of Manikdi and Cantonment areas took part in the human chain.
Participants of the programme demanded exemplary punishment to Whip Shamsul Haque Chowdhury and his son Sharun.They also demanded that the criminals be taken to justice immediately.
In Uttara of the capital, a human chain was formed protesting multiple attempts to kill the country’s top business conglomerate Bashundhara Group’s MD and Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra chairman Sayem Sobhan Anvir.
The programme was held at Jasim Uddin intersection around 11:30 am on Monday. General people of Uttara attended in the human chain said that they will continue protest until exemplary punishment of the perpetrators is ensured. Terming Sayem Sobhan Anvir icon of the youth, they said development of the youth is only possible by him.
In Barishal, the business community expressed deep concern over the multiple attempts to assassinate Sayem Sobhan Anvir.
They strongly protested against the incident and demanded exemplary punishment to all perpetrators including planners of the pot.
Rebeka Sultana, secretary of Barisal District Women Business Forum, said that Bashundhara Group is the largest business conglomerate in the country. The attempt to assassinate the MD of this Group is very sorrowful for the business community.
She demanded that exemplary punishment be meted out to the masterminds of the murder plot.
Acknowledging Bashundhara's significant contribution to the economy, Kazi Miraj Mahmud, joint general secretary of Barishal Clinic and Diagnostic Owners Association, urged the law enforcers to bring all the culprits to book to avert such untoward incident.
President of the Barisal Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce & Industry and director of the FBCCI Nizam Uddin Mridha said such incident is undoubtedly very worrying. Whoever is involved in this incident, all of them must be brought under the law. At the same time, the issue of exemplary punishment must be ensured.
Terming Sayem Sobhan Anvir an asset of the country, prominent businessman and managing director of eurotel bd online ltd SM Zakir Hossain said it is very regrettable to hear that several attempts were made to kill such a talented and efficient entrepreneur.
Saidur Rahman Rintu, launch owner and president of Barisal Chamber of Commerce and Industry, has demanded that those involved in the incident be arrested and brought under the law.
Meanwhile, another group of businessmen in the Barishal city organised a human chain in front Ashwini Kumar Hall on Sadar Road demanding exemplary punishment to the culprits.
Jahangir Alam Hawlader, a local businessman, presided over the event which was addressed by Gazi Mohiuddin, Md Nazrul Islam, Moazzem Hossain, Mahfuz Hossain, Farhad Hossain Fuad and Tareq Mahmud Rana.
In Kushtia, a protest rally and human chain were held demanding arrest of those involved in the attempt to murder the Bashundhara Group MD. Members of Kushtia Press Club organised the human chain at its premises at 11:00am on Monday.
Presided over by Press Club president Al-Mamun Sagar, the programme was also attended by its secretary Anisujjaman Dablu, office secretary Nahid Hassan Titas, treasurer M Liton Ujj Zaman, District Freedom Fighter Commander Haji Rafiqul Alam Tuku, Bangladesh Mofossal Sangbadik Forum’s (BMSF) Kushtia District unit President Hasibur Rahman Riju, Daily Kaler Kantho's district correspondent Tariqul Haque Tariq, News24 Staff Reporter Zahiduzzaman, and Daily Sun’s Kushtia correspondent Rezaul Karim Reza.
In Mymensingh, businessmen of the district demanded arrest and trial of those involved in the assassination attempt on Bashundhara Group MD and Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra Chairman Sayem Sobhan Anvir.
The demand was made at a protest rally and human chain of traders and people of all walks of life in the Baro Bazar area of the city Monday morning.
Baro Bazar Business Welfare Association general secrtary Rafiqul Islam Bablu, Abdur Rauf, Akhil Chandra Dhar, Md Kamal Uddin and others spoke in the event.
In Pabna, businessmen and people from different sections formed a human chain at Bera Rajghat area in the morning protesting the assassination attempt.
They demanded arrest of Whip Shamsul Haque Chowdhury, also MP from Chattogram-12 constituency (Patiya), and his son Nazmul Karim Chowdhury Sharun for masterminding the assassination attempt.
Altab Hossain, President of Bera Ghat Business Association, businessman Sagar Hossain, leader of Bera Ghat Workers Association Harun Aur Rashid, leader of local Shop Owners Association Solaiman and other local business leaders and dignitaries attended the protest programme.Later, they brought out a protest procession. The same day, human chains and demonstrations were held in Nagarbari Ghat area of Pabna in protest against assassination attempt on Bashundhara MD.
In Sirajganj, businessmen held a human chain demanding arrest of Whip Shamsul Haque Chowdhury and his son Nazmul Karim Chowdhury Sharun---the masterminds of the assassination attempt. The traders of the district organised the human chain programme at the Bazar Station Chattar of the city around 11 am on Monday.
Saiful Islam, director of Shuvechcha Traders, Shafiqul Islam of the Traders, Matiar Rahman, owner of Bondhan Traders, Shimul Islam of Bhai Bhai Traders, Mozammel Haque, proprietor of Haq Iron, Aminul Islam and Raju Ahmed, proprietors of Asma Traders, spoke on the occasion.
In Laxmipur, business community condemned the attempt to assassinate the Bashundhara Group Managing Director. President of Laxmipur Chamber of Commerce and Industry MR Masud, vice-president Sankar Kumar Majumdar, Laxmipur Trade Association general secretary Abul Kalam Azad and Sadar upazila Jaksin Bazar Trade Association adviser Mojammel Hossain expressed deep concern over the multiple attempts to assassinate Sayem Sobhan Anvir. They demanded that exemplary punishment be meted out to the masterminds of the assassination plot.
In Manikganj, a human chain was formed demanding arrest of Whip Shamsul Haque Chowdhury and his son Sharun Chowdhury for plotting to kill Bashundhara Group Managing Director Sayem Sobhan Anvir. People of different classes were present in the programme held in front of Manikganj Press Club at 11 am on Monday.
Press Club President Golam Sarwar Chanu, general secretary Biplob Chakraborty, joint convener of District Juba League Mahbubur Rahman Johnny and Mahmudul Haque Shubha and others spoke on the occasion.
In Jamalpur, a protest rally and human chain were held demanding arrest of those involved in the attempt to murder the Bashundhara Group MD. The human chain was organised in front of Jamalpur Press Club around 11 am on Monday. President of Jamalpur Press Club Hafiz Raihan Sada presided over the human chain. General Secretary of Jamalpur Press Club Lutfar Rahman spoke on the occasion.
The speakers demanded immediate arrest of whip Shamsul Haque Chowdhury, his son Sharun Chowdhury and other perpetrators of the heinous incident.
In Faridpur, people held a rally in Boalmari upazila protesting the assassination attempt on the Bashundhara Group MD. Boalmari Upazila correspondent of Bangladesh Pratidin Liakat Hossain presided over the protest rally organised by Boalmari Civil Society at 10.30 am on Monday.
Conducted by Professor Kazi Tareq Parvez, the programme was also attended by freedom fighter Nawabuddin Ahmed Token, cultural personality Gazi Shamsuzzaman Khokon, eminent businessman Anisuzzaman, eminent businessman Bishnupad Saha, educationist Debashish Kumar Shaha and cultural personality Jiban Krisham Pal.
In Khulna, protesting the assassination attempt on the Bashundhara Group MD, people formed a human chain at Picture Palace Intersection at 11:00am. They also brought out a rally that ended at Khulna Press Club. Khulna business organisations and members of the civil society organised the event.
Khulna Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) director Md Mofidul Islam Tutul presided over the programme while KCCI directors Md Islam Khan and Abul Hasain, proprietor Md Afroz of M/S Abdul Razzaque Aziz, Janata Cement Agency director Md Sadiuzzaman spoke on the occasion.
In Jashore, people took part in a rally in front of district press club protesting the assassination attempt on the Bashundhara Group MD.
prominent businessman of the district Shariful Alam Swapan, Md Abdul Quader, Md Shamsuzzoha Channu, Shah Md Ekramul, Sushant Kumar Biswas and many others participated in the programme.