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Security for war crimes witnesses demanded

Update : 11 Dec 2013, 06:45 PM

Cultural personalities, educationists and freedom fighters yesterday urged the government to ensure proper security for prosecution witnesses who testified against accused war criminals in the International Crimes Tribunal.

The call came from a rally, organised by Sammilita Sangskritik Jote, to protest the death of Mostafa Hawlader, who died at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital on Monday, two days after he was attacked and seriously wounded by assailants at his home in Pirojpur.

Mostafa, 58, was the key prosecution witness in the ICT case against convicted war criminal and Jamaat-e-Islami leader, Delawar Hossain Sayedee.

“The government has failed to ensure security for the prosecution witnesses, and that is why Mostafa Hawlader had to die in the hands of the anti-liberation forces,” Nasiruddin Yousuf Bachhu, president of the cultural organisation, said at the rally, held at the Dhaka University campus.

M Akhtaruzzaman, a former general secretary of Dhaka University Teachers Association, said Jamaat-Shibir activists were swooping on pro-liberation forces.

“Mostafa Hawlader sacrificed his life to protect the country from razakers,” the professor said.

He also urged the government to give adequate compensation to Mostafa’s family, and ensure proper punishment of the perpetrators who carried out the heinous attack.

Kabir Ahmed, a freedom fighter, criticised all the political parties who supported the anti-liberation forces, such as Jamaat-e-Islami, in politics after the Liberation War.

He also urged the government to prohibit the anti-Bangladesh forces totally, “so that they cannot get the chance to run their political activities in the independent country”.

Among others, freedom fighters Jhorna Chowdhury, Ismat Kader and Quamrul Hasan were present at the rally.

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