Ten eminent citizens on Saturday voiced serious concern over the recent spate of extrajudicial killings in the name of anti-narcotic drive and urged the government to stop it, reports UNB.
In a statement on Saturday signed by Sammilito Sangskritik Jote general secretary Hasan Arif they said, we understand the logicality of ongoing anti narcotic drive throughout the country.
There are hardly some families who can survive from the gruesomeness of drugs. For that reason the all out support from all level of people was expected.
But we are witnessing with a grave concern that a number of people everyday are being victims of extra judicial killings. Which are being termed as ‘gunfight’. This type of deaths is totally unacceptable in a democratic state or social system.
The rights of life that our constitution has provided cannot be taken away in such a manner. Some sensational information was published in different media and social media about the slain victims.
There was no prior allegation of drug related activities against Akramul Haque, the slain municipal councilor of Teknaf. The municipal mayor has protested the killing.
Akram’s family members also unveiled telephone conversation before the killing took place in a press conference. Which is unimaginable in a democratic state and society. This is enough to raise question against the whole operation and to be panicked.
They also urged to drive away fear from the minds of people through judicial investigation to the killings and to deliver the right information.
Under the circumstances, they urged the government to relive people of fear as early as possible by publishing proper information after carrying out a judicial probe into the extrajudicial killings.
The signatories are: Prof Emeritus Anisuzzaman, Prof Hasan Azizul Haque, Ramendru Majumder, Ataur Rahman, Mamunur Rashid, Nirmolendu Gun, Nasiruddin Yusuf Bachchu, Mofidul Hoque, Golam Quddus and Hasan Arif.