At least 12 leaders and activists of the Jatiya Oikya Front, including the driver of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) President ASM Abdur Rob is vehicle, were injured when the motorcade of Jatiya Oikya Front leader Dr Kamal Hossain came under attack at the Martyred Intellectuals Memorial Mausoleum in city is Mirpur yesterday.
The motorcade came under the attack as Dr Kamal Hossain was making his way out of the Mausoleum after paying tributes to the martyred intellectuals at around 10:00am.
SA Siddique Sazu, who got nomination from the Oikya Front for Dhaka-14, photo journalist of The Daily Ittefaq Saiful Islam and two camera persons of Ekushey TV and Channel-I were also injured. The injured were admitted to different hospitals and clinics, including Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).
Accompanied by some senior leaders, among whom were Gonoshasthaya Kendra trustee Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury, BNP leader Abdus Salam and Reza Kibria, son of slain former Awami League-government Finance Minister Shah AMS Kibria, the Oikya Front chief went to the mausoleum to place to pay tributes to the martyred intellectuals on the occasion of Martyred Intellectuals Day.
The attackers vandalized some vehicles, including cars in the motorcade, and torched a few motorbikes. They also beat up the leaders and activists of the Oikya Front with rods and bamboo sticks when they tried to protect their leader Kamal Hossain. However, both Dr Kamal and Rob were unhurt in the attack, said Mehedi Masud, Coordinator of the National Oikya Front Media Wing.
Latiful Bari Hamim, a member of the Oikya Fronts media wing, blamed the Chhatra League and Jubo League for the attack. Awami League (AL) General Secretary Obaidul Quader denied the allegation, saying a noisy situation was created at the spot due to the presence of a huge crowd of people. That might have led to a scuffle. In Quaders view, the Oikya Front leaders are trying to divert the matter into another direction.
For his part, questioning the role of the police, Dr Kamal complained that the law enforcers had been silent spectators when more than 100 youths belonging to the Chhatra League and Jubo League, chanting "Joy Bangla" slogans, launched the attack on the motorcade.
Addressing the police on the spot, Kamal Hossain said, "None is above the law. You (police) will not follow illegal orders. Always bear in mind that nothing is permanent."
A visibly indignant Kamal Hossain said, "You (police) are violating the provisions of the constitution. Those who are now in power will not be there for more than 15 days. Then a new journey will commence. So, dont follow their orders and violate the constitution."
Denying the allegations made by Oikya Front leaders and activists, Selimuzzaman, Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Darus Salam police station, told The Asian Age, "I was beside the Mausoleum. Hearing the noise, police rushed to the spot and charged batons to disperse the mobs. Police also rescued Oikya Front leader Dr Kamal in an unhurt condition."