Jamaat Ameer urges to hold discussion and prayer program commemorating the martyrs of 28 October, 2006
-Dr. Shafiqur Rahman
Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami’s Ameer Dr. Shafiqur Rahman has issued the following statement on 27 October 2022 urging to arrange discussion and prayer programs to commemorate the martyrs who had been killed brutally by the 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 14-party alliance created mayhem and anarchy by carrying out brutal 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 of a sudden, the thugs and hooligans of 14 party alliance started attacking the Jamaat activists and the general masses with sticks, hockey sticks, rods, pistols, and locally made lethal weapons. As the central leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami started addressing the gathering, the Awami goons opened fires and marched toward the stage. The then Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami Maulana Matiur Rahman Nizami was present over there as the chief guest. But the terrorists moved ahead to kill him along with other Jamaat leaders.
From morning till the evening of that day, the entire Paltan and the surrounding area had turned into a battlefield. In such attacks, 14 Jamaat and Chhatrashibir activists were martyred in Dhaka and other places of the country. Several hundred became injured. Not only in the capital Dhaka, but the 14-party alliance goons also spread that anarchy and turmoil nationwide. They killed the people and started dancing over the dead bodies. 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 the political history of Bangladesh. This incident paved the way for the one-eleven and the subsequent process of de-politicization. Consequently, democracy, rule of law, human rights, justice, freedom of speech and people’s voting rights have been snatched away. A severe fascist rule is still continuing in Bangladesh.
Jamaat had pushed for a judicial investigation into the incident. The party also filed a case immediately 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, by establishing justice, the trial of the offenders will take place. The people will reject the terrorists. 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 programs to commemorate the martyrs who had been killed brutally on 28th October 2006. May Allah accept their sacrifice. May Allah accept all of them as martyrs.