Ershad demands judicial probe into May 5-6 killings

May 7th, 2013

‘Firing on Hefajat men at night unprecedented’

Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad on Tuesday demanded judicial inquiry into the incidents that took place on May 5-6 that left many Hefajat-e-Islam men dead, and described the overnight attacks as unprecedented.

The JP chief also urged the government to hand over the bodies of those killed in the clashes to their families.

Condemning attacks on the Hafajat-e-Islam, Ershad in a statement said, “They held a rally at Shapla Chattar taking permission from the authorities. Their rally was peaceful and the responsibility of the incidents that took place outside the rally venue can’t be shifted to Hefajat-e-Islam.”

He said those involved in vandalism and arson attacks should be identified through a judicial inquiry.

“Attacks and firing on the Hefajat activists at night in the complete darkness of night are unprecedented. Creation of such situation isn’t favourable to democracy, next election and the Constitution,” the former president said in the statement.

He said exemplary punishment would have to be ensured for those responsible for loss of lives and destruction. Ershad advised the government to show restraint in handling such a situation

The JP chief also demanded steps to restore peace in the country through holding dialogue by all parties and proper treatment of the injured people.

He conveyed sympathy to the family members of those who lost their lives in the incidents and prayed for salvation of the departed souls.

Source: Bangladesh Independent News Network