NEW DELHI: As his SSC examination results were not good, Jamaat Assistant Secretary General Abdul Quader Mollah secured admission in BSc Pass course at Rajendra College, Faridpur in 1969.
His father Maulana Abdul All was Faridpur District Jamaat President. Islami Chhatra Sangha unit was formed at Rajendra College in 1967 under leadership of All Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed who later on became Cabinet Minister during the BNP/Jamaat rule.
Mollah was initially a Chhatra League supporter, later he joined Jamaat. Well-known as ‘Butcher Mollah’ he went underground after December 16, 1971 (Victory Day). Later in 1976 during the military rule of General Ziaur Rahman, Mollah reappeared and secured admission in Dhaka University for MSc.
In the first week of February last, the war crimes tribunal awarded death penalty to Abul Kalam Azad but sentenced Molla to life term. After getting life term for committing heinous war crimes, Mollah flashed ‘V’ sign which outraged large sections of people of the country.
This public outrage found an outlet in Shahbagh upsurge. Public outcry against inadequate punishment given to Mollah continued unabated.
They continued with their protests at Shahbagh demanding befitting punishment to Mollah. They intensified their movement through candle light vigil and appeal through social networking site, Facebook and Internet. All their protest rallies were peaceful and did not cause any damage to public property or inconvenience to any section of people. The credit for retrial of Mollah goes to their untiring efforts. Now Mollah has been awarded death penalty for his heinous crimes in fulfillment of people’s wishes.
Now it is Jamaat’s turn to protest against this verdict against Mollah. As expected frequent shut-downs are being enforced in the country. Vehicles are being damaged and set on fire. Bombs are being hurled. Police men and other law enforcers are getting killed.
Terror is being unleashed to scare away people. Jamaat activists have now resorted to unconceivable scale of violence to terrorize the people. Their protest bears tell-tale evidence of what they did in 1971 to thwart the emergence of Bangladesh and ensure Pakistan’s victory.
Now the highest court of the land has awarded Mollah punishment befitting his crimes. Due process of law has been followed to ensure that there is fair trial and no miscarriage of justice. The Jamaat now stands exposed before the people for all the brutalities it perpetrated and crimes it committed during the liberation war in 1971. The judgment has made the new generation aware of the extreme brutalities inflicted on their forefathers by Jamaat in the name of Islam.
Jamaat is doing politics in the name of religion. It never hesitates to kill people by setting them ablaze. It has done so in Noakhali, Shariatpur and Bogra lately.
Jamaat workers have killed, cut tendons and set ablaze poor people and wage earners who went out in search of livelihood. People of the country have every right to know why the Jamaat is resorting to such violence and brutalities.
Why do they want to forcibly impose their political agenda through violence? Those who resort to violence and kill people in the name of religion should Fave no place in Bangladesh. They must be given capital punishment and uprooted from the country. Conscious citizens of the country will have to play proactive role and come forward to put an end to the reign of terror unleashed by Jamaat.
BDST: 1600 HRS, OCT 24, 2013