Daily Sangram published a front-page article on Thursday naming Abdul Quader Molla as a 'martyr'
Activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League have burnt several copies of Daily Sangram protesting against an article the newspaper published dubbing executed war crimes convict Abdul Quader Molla a "martyr".
The activists staged their protest in front of the Madhur Canteen on the Dhaka University (DU) campus Friday afternoon.
Chhatra League's DU unit Literature Secretary SM Rakib Siraji said the daily has distorted the history of independence and liberation war by naming Quader Molla as a martyr.
"By dubbing Quader Molla a martyr, who was earlier given the title of butcher, we think the newspaper has denied the independence of Bangladesh," he said.
Rakib also demanded the authorities take punitive action against the editor, the reporter, and others involved in publication of the article.
A mouthpiece of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, Daily Sangram published a front-page article on Thursday naming Abdul Quader Molla, assistant secretary general of Jamaat, as a "martyr".
Known as "Butcher of Mirpur" during the War of Liberation, Quader Molla was hanged on December 12, 2013, three days before Bangladesh celebrated the 42nd anniversary of Victory Day, for crimes against humanity in 1971. It was the first execution of a war criminal in Bangladesh.
Quader Molla was also the executive editor of Daily Sangram.