Narayanganj 4 MP Shamim Osman has warned that he will take to the streets if the administration shows any negligence to take steps against Rafiur Rabbi after allegations of offending the Muslim's religious sentiment come out to be true.
Shamim said he would wait until May 7, which is the time frame fixed by a Narayanganj court for the submission of a probe report in this connection.
“If the [probe] report accuses Rabbi and the administration shows any negligence, I myself will take to the streets,” warned the ruling party MP while speaking at a rally in front of the DIT Jame Mosque in Narayanganj Sadar after Jumma prayers on Friday.
The rally was organised by Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh, a radical Islamist group, under the banner of “Narayanganjer Sorbostorer Muslim”. A good number of leaders and activists of the ruling Awami League and its affiliate organisations, however, turned up in the rally.
Rafiur Rabbi, a cultural personality in Narayanganj, has been sued by a Hefazat leader of for allegedly hurting religious sentiment.
Mawlana Ferdousur Rahman, the coordinator of Hefazat’s Narayanganj unit, filed the case with the court of Narayanganj Chief Judicial Magistrate Ashok Kumar Dutta on Wednesday.
After hearing and accepting the case, the court ordered the Detective Branch to submit within May 7 a report following a probe.
On April 7, during the 25th anniversary of local cultural organisation Shrutee, Rabbi, the father of slain schoolboy Tanvir Mohammad Tawki, delivered a speech “offending” religious beliefs of the Muslims, the plaintiff’s lawyer Sultan Ul Arefin said in the case statement.
He said: “In his statement Rabbi said freedom fighters would have not taken part in the 1971 Liberation War had they known that the country’s constitution would start with Bismillah.”