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Info minister: Govt tracking down rawhide syndicate

  • Published at 07:49 pm August 17th, 2019
Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud addresses a discussion on the National Mourning Day, 2019 at National Press Club on Saturday, August 17, 2019 PID

The minister also called for an in-depth investigation into the assassination of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

The government is determined to investigate and track down the alleged syndicate that is trying to benefit by selling excess rawhide after Eid-ul-Azha, Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud has said.

"A few unscrupulous profit mongers wanted to take the benefit of the excess rawhide," he said. "The government is investigating the matter to find out the guilty ones responsible for the trick."

He made the remarks at a discussion on the National Mourning Day, 2019 organized by ‘Muktijudder Chetonar Sangbadik Forum,’ a platform of pro-liberation journalists, at National Press Club on Saturday.

The information minister called out the BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir for spreading blatant lies on the issue of trading rawhides of sacrificial animals after Eid.

He said although, with the improvement of people's economic condition, more animals are being sacrificed each year, the number of tanneries have not increased due to the restriction of compliance executed by the government – to protect the environment.

Dr Hasan also called for a formation of a commission for the in-depth inquiry into the plot of Bangabandhu's killing. "It has now become a timely demand."

"The in-depth inquiry by an independent commission is indispensible to let the future generation know about the killers, mastermind and others who were behind the carnage," he said.

Dhaka University former Vice Chancellor Professor Dr AAMS Arefin Siddique, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Kanak Kanti Barua, president of Institution of Engineers’ Bangladesh Abdus Sabur were present as discussants, while senior journalist Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury chaired the event.

The information minister said the killing of Bangabandhu was not merely an assassination of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, but part of a deeper conspiracy to foil the very existence of Bangladesh as an independent nation.

He said the assassination was carried out by a vested quarter comprising local and foreign conspirators who never wanted to see an independent Bangladesh.

Former president of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) Manjurul Ahsan Bulbul, BFUJ former general secretary Omar Faruque, Jatiya Press Club (JPC) general secretary Farida Yeasmin, Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) former general secretaries Azizul Islam Bhuiyan and Quddus Afrrad and DUJ acting president Mozammel Haque, addressed the meeting conducted by DUJ general secretary Sohel Haider Chowdhury.

On the topic of BNP's decision to celebrate its chairperson Khaleda Zia's birthday on August 16 instead of August 15 this year, Dr Hasan said the party has changed its position after facing mass criticism.

He urged BNP leaders to fix the actual date of Khaleda Zia's birthday.

“How will a party move forward if they cannot fix the actual birth date of their party chief?" the minister said.

Brushing aside BNP secretary general's claims that Awami League destroyed Bangladesh's jute sector, Dr Hasan said it was the BNP government which shut down most of the jute mills, including the big ones like Adamjee Jute Mills, after coming to power in 1991 and 2001.

On the other hand, it was the Awami League government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina which opened those jute mills, giving the ownership of many factories to the workers after coming to power in 1996 and 2009, he added.

Dr Hasan said the country is moving fast under the dynamic leadership of Bangabandhu’s daughter Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and that it would continue to materialize the dream of Bangabandhu.