Police chased shopkeepers in the Gulistan area of the capital. The incident took place on the road in front of the BRTC counter around 11:30 am on Wednesday.It is known that a week-long lockdown is going on across the country. Meanwhile, shopkeepers under the banner of Dhaka Readymade Garments Traders Cooperative Society staged a human chain and demonstration in front of Fulbaria Super Market-2 in Gulistan area around 11am on Wednesday demanding reopening of shops in compliance with health rules. Shopkeepers protested with various posters and banners.
Later, when they tried to block the road in front of the BRTC counter, the police stopped them. The shopkeepers started throwing brickbats at the police. At one point the police tried to stop them. Later the shopkeepers left the area.
Later, President of Dhaka Readymade Garments Traders Cooperative Society Md. Abdul Mannan ended the program and addressed the shopkeepers. At this time he warned of a larger movement if the shop was not allowed to open in a day or two. This business leader said, if necessary, they will open the shop themselves. It is better to die at once than to die at once.
A press conference has been held to protest the formation of a committee of Kotalipara Upazila Krishak League with Munshi Mahfuz Hasanat Kamrul, the cousin of Mufti Hannan Munshi, the main accused in the assassination attempt on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, as president. At the press conference, it was warned that if the committee is not canceled soon, a strong movement will be announced.
A press conference was held at the Kotalipara Upazila Awami League office on Wednesday morning organized by a section of the Upazila Krishak League and the Awami League and its affiliates. Arun Mallick, former acting convener of Kotalipara Upazila Krishak League and vice-president of the present committee, delivered the keynote address at the press conference.
It was alleged at the press conference that a conference of 11 unions and one municipality Krishak League was held in Kotalipara upazila last year. Multiple preparatory committees were formed for the conference of the Upazila Krishak League. Munshi Mahfuz Hasanat is not an ordinary member of Kamrul Upazila Krishak League. He was not even on any committee, including the conference preparation committee. He is an apolitical person. Kamrul’s own cousin ‘Jangineta’ Mufti Abdul Hannan. His elder brother Munshi Sarafat Hossain is a member of the executive committee of Kotalipara Upazila BNP. Aynal Hossain Sheikh, general secretary of Upazila Awami League, formed the pocket committee of Kotalipara Upazila Krishak League on April 4 with the controversial Kamrul as president. This has caused anger among the Krishak League leaders and supporters.
Former general secretary of Upazila Awami League SM Humayun Kabir, former vice chairman Matiar Rahman Hazra, president of Mahila Awami League Rafeza Begum, UP chairman Hannan Sheikh, Awami League leader Sumon Hossain Bachchu, Kamal Hossain, joint convener of Upazila Swechchhasebak League Bablu Hazra, Juba League leader Masud Rana, former president of Upazila Chhatra League Babul Hazra, president of Upazila Chhatra League Mehedi Hasan Moon, president of College Chhatra League Swapan Talukda and leaders of Awami League, Krishak League and allied organizations were present.
Aynal Hossain Sheikh, general secretary of the accused Kotalipara Upazila Awami League, said, “The presidents of 11 unions and municipal Krishak League general secretaries and members of the convening committee held an extended meeting.” Later they sent the decision to form a new committee of the Upazila Krishak League to the District Krishak League. The district Krishak League has approved the committee. I have no involvement here. ‘
Abdur Rahman Biswas, general secretary of Gopalganj District Krishak League, admitted the formation of a new committee of Kotalipara Upazila Krishak League.
Munshi Mahfuz Hasnat Kamrul, newly elected president of the Upazila Krishak League, said, ‘My father Munshi Abul Qasim was an Awami League leader and a close associate of Bangabandhu. My brother Munshi Ebadul Islam was the convener of Upazila Krishak League. My elder brother Munshi Sarafat Hossain never joined BNP. Militant leader Hannan Munshi is my cousin. They are anti-independence, so we have not had a relationship with them for 50 years. I was involved in the politics of Chhatra League and Juba League in Dhaka.