Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) has staged demonstration at Dhaka University (DU) protesting the opposition to installing sculpture of Father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by top leaders of Islami Andolon Bangladesh.
They protested and condemned the threats of vandalising statues of Bangabandhu and incidents of rape across the country.
They brought out a procession from Polashi intersection and marched some key points of the campus, led by its central president Al Nahiyan Khan Joy and General Secretary Lekhak Bhattacharya.
The procession was later ended with a short rally at the foot of Raju Memorial Sculpture on Dhaka University (DU) campus at 2:30 pm on Thursday.
While addressing the rally, BCL president Joy said opponents of Bangabandhu’s sculpture will be swept away in Buriganga. Tougher movement will be taken if anyone from any background repeats showing such audacity in the name of Islam, he added.
BCL central General Secretary Lekhak Bhattacharjee said, “Those who want to spread the seeds of communalism in this country will be considered as traitors. They should not forget that Jamat-Shibir traitors have been hanged in this country and they are also on the run. We will build a strong movement against Mamunul Haque on behalf of BCL”.
He said there are a lot of sculptures in different Muslim countries and sculpture and idol is not the same thing. Before making such remarks one should know the difference between the sculpture and idol, he added.
President of BCL DU unit Sonjit Chanda Das, BCL DU unit General Secretary Hussein Saddam, President of BCL Dhaka Metropolitan South unit Mehedi Hasan, General Secretary Jubayer Ahmed, President of Dhaka Metropolitan North Ibrahim Hossain and General Secretary Saidur Rahman Hridoy, among others, addressed the rally.
Recently, the government decided to erect a sculpture of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at the Dholaipar Mor in the southern part of Dhaka city.
Later, this month a number of Islamic organisations, including Islami Andolon Bangladesh, termed the sculpture an “idol” and
threatened to stop its construction.