Protesters besiege Salahuddin Quader’s family home in Chittagong


In protest against Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury’s son Hummam Quader calling his father a “martyr”, the Muktijoddha Sangsad Santan Command surrounded Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury’s ancestral home, “Goods Hill” on Saturday.

Protesters also staged a demonstration in the city’s Gani Bakery district to demand that the children and spouses of convicted war criminals be banned from politics and property seized.

During the protest, agitators painted the words “Razakar Hill” and “Torture Center for Freedom Fighters” on the walls of the late BNP leader’s residence.

On October 12, during the BNP’s major divisional assembly in Chittagong, Hummam Quader Chowdhury declared that his father, convicted war criminal Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury, was a martyr and launched the slogan “Naraye Takbeer”.

On October 18, members of the Muktijoddha Sangsad Santan Command gave Salahuddin Quader’s son, Hummam Quader, seven days to apologize for calling his father a “martyr” during a protest rally held in the area of PressClub.

On October 22, when no apology was received within the allotted time, the Good’s Hill blockade schedule on October 29 was announced.

Gazi Nurul Abshar, an International Criminal Tribunal witness who participated in the Good’s Hill protest rally and blockade program, said, “I am a witness in the case against Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury at the International Criminal Tribunal. I fought in the war of liberation. It is quite unfortunate that we have to denounce Razakar again after 50 years of freedom.

Meanwhile, leaders and activists from the local Awami League, Chhatra League and Jubo League have declared their solidarity with the program.

Speakers warned against staging larger protests if the demands of the Muktijoddha Sangsad Santan command were not met immediately.

On Friday evening, the organization held a torchlight procession on the grounds of the Chittagong Press Club in the Jamal Khan area to launch the protest programs.


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