(Hong Kong, May 5, 2011) The inhabitants of Paikgachha have again held a rally demanding the arrest of Mustafizur Rahman Bokul, a major in the Bangladesh army, and his aides for gouging the eyes of human rights defender FMA Razzak and his brother Bodiuzzaman Bodiar. The rally was held at the zero point of Paikgachha town on Thursday, 5 May, afternoon.
People of Paikgachha demand arrest of army major Mustfizur and other attackers in a procession on Thursday – AHRC Photo
Freedom-fighter and vice president of the Bangladesh Awami League Godaipur union unit, Mr. Mohammad Shahjahan Sharder, presided over the rally. Among others the rally was addressed by the president of the Godaipur Jubo League (youth wing of Bangladesh Awami League, ruling political party) Mr. Zakir Hossain, journalist Alauddin Raza, businessman Ziauddin Nayeb, transport worker Jamil Biswas and a neighbour of Razzak, Azibor Gazi. Around five hundred people, including journalists, public representatives of the local government units, businessmen and people of all walks of life took part in the rally.