Rab says AL responsible for Bangabandhu’s murder

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Dhaka, June 14: ASM Abdur Rab, founder general secretary of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) on Tuesday issued a statement protesting the comments of Awami League general secretary Syed Ashraful Islam.

He said Syed Ashraful Islam’s remarks are unacceptable, unjust and undesirable.

“AL was responsible for Bangabandhu’s murder. Awami League’s wrong politics confined Bangabandhu to mere party politics and pushed him towards death detaching him from people,” Rab said.

“It was Awami League which formed the government after Bangabandhu’s killing. Keeping Bangabandhu’s body at Road No. 32 of Dhanmondi, Awami League leaders took oath as ministers. Four national leaders were killed inside jail at the directive of Awami League leaders and that government declared martial law first in the country. It will be serious hypocrisy if Awami League declines to accept this truth and admit its wrong politics,” he said.

ASM Rab said instead of forming a ‘revolutionary government,’ a party government was formed after the country’s independence. It destroyed the unity of the nation developed in 1971. Country’s political crisis was intensified through the application of excessive force by different forces including Rakkhi Bahini, instead of dealing with the political crises politically. An environment to kill Bangabandhu was created through banning politics, extending the tenure of parliament and forming one-party BKSAL government.

Regarding the formation of JSD, Rab said the necessity to form Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal was felt at a time when an attempt was going on to restore British-Pakistani political and social systems after achieving the country’s independence through huge bloodshed and sacrifices.

He said JSD started its journey with the pledge to finish the unfinished taks of freedom struggle by establishing an exploitation-free social system. This pledge is still going on. Owing to this politics, thousands of leaders and workers laid down their lives, while thousand others lost their golden youth due to torture and repression inside jails.

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