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Bangladesh HC Moves On Mujib Statue Issue

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The High Court (HC) bench of the supreme court of Bangladesh has asked the  authorities to take action against the people who are creating anarchy over the sculpture of father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Meanwhile, Sotyabrata Shikder,  Chief Metropolitan Magistrate of Dhaka in an order on Monday asked Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) ,the special investigation team of Bangladesh police to submit a report within 7 January after investing the cases filed against three people, including Junayed  Babunagari ,chief of the fundamentalist group Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh for their opposition to setting up of Father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s sculpture.
‘Construction of Bangabandhu’s sculpture does not contradict religion,’ the court observed and directed the Islamic Foundation and the Khatib (Imam) of the national Mosque Baitul Mukarram to deliver a speech to remove the misunderstanding and negative perception about sculpture.
Earlier on Monday morning two cases were filed against the trio Babunagari, Mamunul, Faizul.
Bangladesh Muktijuddha Mancha Central Committee President Aminul Islam Bulbul and Advocate Moshiur Malek, executive president and founder of Bangabandhu Foundation filed the cases against the trio on Wednesday morning for defaming Bangabandhu.
On Sunday Md Jishan Mahmud, lawyer of Bangladesh Supreme Court sent a prayer, seeking permission to file the sedition case against Babunagari and Mamunul Huq to the Senior Secretary of the Public Safety Division of the Home Ministry of Bangladesh.
In his prayer, Jishan Mahmud mentioned that radical Islamist force Khelafat Majlish leader Mamunul Huq and Faizul Karim strongly criticised the construction of the statue of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at a rally in Dhaka on 13 November.
He also mentioned, Mamunul warned B’desh government; the radical anti-liberation force  Jamat e Islam propagandist Mamunul Huq threatened to B’desh Government to commit another battle with government named ‘Shapla Chattar’ (5 May 2013 battle with police to down Hasina led government and threw away the statue in the river Burriganga unless the government abandoned the plan to construct the statue.
 On the other hand, at an Islamic program at Hathazari in Chattagram in the evening of 29 November the fundamentalist and anti-liberation radical group Hefazat-e Islam Chief (Amir) Junayed Babunagari threatened to pull down all statues no matter which party erects them.
After motivated by the threat of the both radical top leader two madrasa students of Kushtia vandalized an under-construction sculpture of Bangabandhu on 5 December, as both of them confessed before the court.
The radical Islamist platform Hefazat-e-Islam has condemned the cases filed against its chief Junayed Babunagari and Joint Secretary General Mamunul Haque for their remarks opposing the installation of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s sculptures.
After issuing a media release – signed by its central organizing secretary Azizul Haque Islamabadi – in this regard on Monday, the Qawmi madrasa-based anti-liberation platform said that an ‘evil quarter’ wants to push the country towards a ‘civil war’ through provoking the ‘alem-ulema’ islamist community.
Terming the pro-liberation team Muktijuddho Moncho a “terrorist organization,” the Hefazat leader said, the organisation in question played a ‘controversial role’ through carrying out ‘terrorist attacks’ on the student movements on different occasions.
He added,We hope that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will not be ‘misguided’ by them (Pro-liberation force).”
Blaming the secular community, the anti-liberation force claimed, “We have no grudge against the government. However, an ‘anti-Islamic secular quarter ‘is misguiding the government.
The Hefazat leader further claimed, “We are not against aestheticism, arts and architecture. However, any sort of sculpture in the form of any human being or animal is strictly forbidden in Islam.” 
Till now two cases have been filed against three people, including Hefazat chief Babunagari over the issue.
President of the pro-liberation force Muktijoddha Mancha Aminul Islam Bulbul and Executive President and founder of Bangabandhu Foundation Advocate Moshiur Malek filed the cases in the court of Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sotyabrata Shikder on Monday.
Meanwhile the High Court (HC) bench of the Supreme court of Bangladesh on Tuesday directed to block the seditious contents of anti-liberation force jamat-BNP Propagandist Kanak Sarwar’s YouTube channel.
The authority concerned including the Secretary of Home Ministry and BTRC Chairman have been asked to implement the direction.
The bench of Justice Md Khasruzzaman and Justice Md Mahmud Hassan Talukder passed the order after hearing a writ petition.
 Advocate Shah Manjurul Haque the writ petitioner said some seditious content involving several people including former BNP Minister and Liberal Democratic Party President Colonel (rtd) Oli Ahmed was allegedly published on Sarwar’s YouTube channel on 17 August of this year.
The writ was filed on November 17.  Jamat-BNP Propagandist Kanak Sarwar has escaped abroad after filing a case against him on sedition charge in 2015.

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