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Case lodged against UP chairman in Barisal Cyber Tribunal for threatening MP

The tribunal has instructed police to investigate the allegations and submit a report

Update : 19 Jun 2023, 11:02 PM

A case has been filed against an upazila parishad chairman in Barisal's Cyber Tribunal following a phone conversation, which went viral, in which he was heard threatening to kill Bhola-2 (Doulatkhan and Borhanuddin) constituency MP Ali Azam Mukul.

The case was filed on Sunday by Mohammed Abu Taher, vice president of Bhola Press Club, who mentioned himself as a political worker of MP Ali Azam Mukul in the complaint.

Judge Golam Farooq of the tribunal has instructed the officer-in-charge of Borhanuddin police station to investigate the allegations and submit a report.

According to the case details, Ali Azam Mukul, a member of parliament from Bhola-2, is highly popular in his constituency. 

Recently, incidents of attacks, vandalism and criminal activities occurred in the Nur Mia Hat area of Doulatkhan upazila.

Alauddin Sardar, chairman of Pakshia union parishad, did not get any support from Ali Azam Mukul over this incident and threatened to kill the member of parliament while talking to a person named Abul Kalam Azad on a WhatsApp video call on June 3.

The video call was subsequently circulated through social media, leading to unrest in the area.

Mohammed Abu Taher stated that after obtaining permission from the MP, he went to Borhanuddin police station on Saturday to file a case, where the police advised him to seek legal recourse.

Despite multiple attempts to contact the accused Chairman Alauddin Sardar on his mobile number, it was found to be switched off.

Mohammed Abu Taher revealed that at the time of the attack and vandalism in Nur Mia Hat area, Chairman Alauddin Sardar's son, Rohan Sardar, was present. 

Along with several others, the police detained him in connection with the incident.

Moreover, when Alauddin Sardar sought support from Ali Azam Mukul in this incident, the MP refused, stating that he would not endorse any criminal activities.

Enraged at this response Alauddin Sardar, in a video call to Abul Kalam Azad, threatened to kill the MP.

The complainant claimed that this incident not only deeply affected the MP but also led to widespread unrest in the constituency. 

The situation in the area is already volatile, and at any moment, the law and order situation could deteriorate, he added. 

It is worth mentioning that since the release of the video threatening the MP on social media between June 3-4, tensions have escalated in Bhola-2 constituency.

On the night of June 4, along with leaders of the local Awami League, civil society staged protests. 

On June 5, from morning onwards, a procession demanding the arrest of the UP chairman was organized by Chhatra League, Jubo League, and Awami League activists in the upazila, where the protesters burned effigies of UP chairman Alauddin Sardar.

Following the incident, Hassan Al Munna, president of Bhola Chhatra League, filed a case against Alauddin Sardar at Borhanuddin police station, said Officer-in-Charge (OC) Md Monir Hossain Mia.

“We have received a notice from the Barisal Cyber Tribunal. The matter is being handled according to legal procedures,” he added.

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