Hefajat rejects press note over Shapla Chattar

May 11, 2013

It says list of victims under process

Hefajat-e-Islam on Saturday rejected the government press note on the May 5 crackdown on its activists at Shapla Chattar terming it a fabricated one.

In a statement signed by Hefajat’s central publicity secretary Moulana Munir Ahmed, the Islamist group said the government tried to cover up the mass killing of Muslim protesters at Shapla Chattar with the press note.

“The content of the press note is totally fictitious, fabricated and ill-motivated,” it said.

The government issued a press note on the Shapla Chattar crackdown on Friday, five days after the late night incident.

The press termed the ‘rumor of loss of thousands of lives’ in the city’s Motijhel area during the joint drive to clear Shapla Chattar ‘completely baseless, fabricated and ill-motivated’.

Accusing the government of trying to shift its blame on the Hefajat for the ‘barbaric’ incident, the group said the number of casualties mentioned in the press note is not only absurd but also enough to prove the whole of it false.

The statement also claimed the version of the press note regarding the involvement of Hefajat men in violence in Paltan, Gulistan and Bijoynagar areas is untrue.

It alleged that the ruling party leaders and activists along with police killed many hapless Alems (Islamic scholars) and assaulted them. “The ruling party men in the guise of Hefajat activists restored to violence torching and damaging public property.”

The statement also demanded a judicial probe team to look into the May 5 incident.

Mentioning that the claim of huge casualties at the Shapla Chattar is not a rumour but fact, it said adding that the matter of concealing dead bodies from the spot after the incident is true. “But it’s still uncertain how many people received martyrdom in police firing and brutal beating. Work is on to make a list of it.”

Earlier in the day, opposition BNP also turned down the government press note terming it ‘the version of the ruling party, not of the government’.

Addressing a press briefing at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, BNP chairperson’s adviser Shamsuzzaman Dudu said the press note did not carry what they demanded. “What we wanted to know from the government about the May 5 late night incident, we didn’t find those in the press note. What we got, we didn’t want it; even the nation didn’t expect it.”

Source: Bangladesh Independent News Network