Anti-Modi protestors face custodial torture: families, activists
Live Correspondent: Political leaders and families of a number of arrested activists on Monday alleged that a number of protesters detained since March 25 over the protests against Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Bangladesh were tortured in custody after their arrest.
In a press conference in Dhaka, they demanded immediate release of 51 peaceful demonstrators who joined or mobilised the protests against the March 26-27 visit of Modi. Concerned Guardians and Citizen Society organised the press conference at the Dhaka Reporters’ Unity.
Nurul Haque Nur, the coordinator of the Chhatra, Juba and Sramik Adhikar Parishad, said that they held a peaceful rally on March 25 condemning the visit of the Indian prime minister but the police attacked the rally and arrested 40 activists at Motijheel.
He said that on March 27, they joined in another rally organised by the Bhasani Parishad in front the National Press Club and eight of them were arrested.
Nurul, a former vice-president of the Dhaka University Central Students’ Union, alleged that the activists who had been arrested during the protests were tortured in custody.
He alleged that the government agencies concerned gave electric shocks to the private part of the arrested activists, gave chilli powder in their eyes and pushed pin on the top of their fingers.
Swapan Atia, a brother of arrested activist Al Amin Atia, alleged that his brother was tortured in custody after his arrest and chilli powder was sprayed in his eyes.
Shishir Ahmed alleged that his brother Nazmus Sakib was detained secretly for 84 hours, tortured and released.
Gonoshasthaya Kendra founder Zafrullah Chowdhury said that the protestors should get bail and the higher court should look into the matter.
He, however, alleged that the country was facing a worse situation than the people had faced during the Pakistan era.
Zonayed Saki, the chief coordinator of Ganosamhati Andolon Bangladesh, called for the release of anti-Modi protesters. He said that the government was in power by its repression against people.
He said that the police and ruling party activists carried out attacks on anti-Modi demonstrators without any provocation, triggering clashes at Baitul Mukarram in Dhaka and leading to fierce clashes in Chattogram and Brahmanbaria.
He said that they had called for independent and credible investigation over the attacks between March 25 and 28 to identify the instigators.
Saki said that they understood how the anti-Modi clashes were portrayed, and influenced in elections in West Bengal in India.
Political scientist Dilara Chowdhury, Kallyan Party chairman Syed Muhammad Ibrahim and economist Reza Kibria, among others, spoke in the press conference.
Dhaka, 13 April (campuslive24.com)//AIT