27 October 2020, Tue

Jamaat Ameer commemorates the martyrs of 28 October, 2006; urges to hold discussion and prayer program

Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami’s Ameer Dr. Shafiqur Rahman has issued the following statement on 27 October 2020 urging to arrange discussion and prayer program to commemorate the martyrs who had been killed brutally by the attack and assaults of Awami hooligans along with their sticks and locally made other lethal weapons on 28 October of 2006 across the country. 

In 2006, at the last end of the 4-party alliance government’s tenure, Awami League led grand alliance created an intentional mayhem and anarchy of attacks and vandalism nationwide. Jamaat-e-Islami organized a rally on the same day in the North gate premise of Baitul Mukarram. Stage construction had begun since the morning. But all on a sudden, the thugs and hooligans of grand alliance started attacking the Jamaat activists and the general masses with sticks, hockey sticks, rods, pistols and locally made lethal weapons. As the Jamaat leaders started addressing the gathering, the Awami goons opened fires and marched towards the stage. The then Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami Maulana Matiur Rahman Nizami was present there as the chief guest. But the terrorists moved ahead to kill him along with other Jamaat leaders.

From morning till evening of that day, the entire Paltan and the surrounding area had turned into a battle field. 6 Jamaat leaders and activists became martyred in such sudden attack of the Awami goons and thousand others got injured. Not only in the capital Dhaka, the grand alliance goons spread that anarchy and turmoil nationwide. They killed the people and started dancing over the dead bodies. The people from all around the world witnessed those brutalities through print and electronic media.

The tragic and brutal massacres of 28 October will be regarded as a stigmatized chapter of political history of Bangladesh. This incident paved the way for the one eleven and the subsequent process of depoliticization. Consequently, democracy, rule of law, human rights, justice, freedom of speech and people’s voting rights have been snatched away.

Jamaat had filed a case immediate after the incident to ensure the punishment of the killers. But the government withdrew the case and closed the door for trying the killers. We firmly believe that, the peace-loving people will make all initiative to try and prosecute the killers. The people will reject the terrorists and Awami goons. Through the path of mass resistance, people will get free from the clutches of murder, anarchy and violence. The people will get back their voting rights as well.

I am urging the leaders and activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and the countrymen to arrange discussion and prayer program to commemorate the martyrs who had been killed brutally in 2006. May Allah accept their sacrifice. May Allah accept all of them as martyrs.