Leaders and activists of the metropolitan Awami League have surrounded the police station in Barisal demanding the release of the accused in the extortion case in a battery-powered autorickshaw. Several influential leaders of the metropolitan Awami League, including a city councilor, led a protest in front of the city’s Airport Police Station around 12 noon on Monday.
Earlier, police arrested Ripon Majhi in front of Bhuiyan’s house adjacent to the Divisional Commissioner’s Office in Ward No. 29 of the city in an extortion case. He was later sent to jail through the court.
On March 30, Golam Rasul, co-president of the Bangladesh Samajtantrik Dal (BSD) affiliated Sramik Front, filed an extortion case against Ripon Majhi and 10 others at the Airport Police Station.
According to eyewitness sources, after the arrest of Ripon Majhi, the joint general secretaries of the metropolitan Awami League Hasan Mahmud Babu and Golam Sarwar Rajib, organizing secretary and city councilor Sheikh Saeed Ahmed Manna, industry and commerce affairs secretary Nirab Hossain Tutul, cultural affairs secretary Mizanur Rahman, district BCL Hundreds of leaders and activists including President Atiqullah Munim and Sajjat Serniabat went to the Airport Police Station on the Dhaka-Barisal Highway on Monday with a convoy of motorcycles. They protested for hours in front of the police station demanding Ripon’s release. After returning from there, the leaders and activists protested in front of the Awami League office on the south bank of the pond on Sadar Road Bibi in the city. Hasan Mahmud Babu, general secretary of the metropolitan Awami League, said, “Ripon Majhi, an activist of the ward Awami League, has been arrested in a shocking case.” If he is not released, a strong movement will be formed. ‘ Manisha Chakraborty said Ripon Majhi and his associates used to collect Rs 600 per month from each autorickshaw at the autorickshaw stand in Kashipur Bazar. On March 26, extortionists beat up Labor Front leader Golam Rasul for refusing to pay tribute to autorickshaw drivers led by the Labor Front. After receiving the news that evening, when he and other leaders and activists of Basad went to the spot, the extortionists rushed to beat them with sticks. Golam Rasul filed a case with the Airport Police Station on March 30.