February 1, 2017 - 4:24pm
Politicians and academics on Tuesday said that Nagarik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna’s arrest and his detention in jail without trial for 22 months were nothing but reflection of absence of democracy and rule of law in the country.
Addressing a reception to Manna on his release from jail, they said that the government arrested Manna to stop his activities for raising a third political force against the existing two political poles to establish a just and fair society.
They also urged Manna to continue his fight for the establishment of a third political force involving the common people to free people from oppression by the existing ruling class.
Nagarik Oikya arranged the reception at the National Press Club auditorium. Mannan was arrested on sedition charges on February 25, 2015 and was released from jail on December 18 on bail.
Manna said that he did not believe in the politics of conspiracy and was not working to bring ay force in power ousting a government. ‘
He urged the government to make an environment where all political parties could participate in the next general election as the prime minister had said that they wanted a ‘participatory election.’
Presided over by Nagarik Oikya adviser SM Akram, the reception was addressed, among others, by Bikalpadhara Bangladesh chief AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal president ASM Abdur Rob, Krishak Sramik Janata League president Abdul Kader Siddique, former advisor to caretaker government M Hafiz Uddin Khan, Dhaka University professors CR Abrar and Asif Nazrul, Gonoshasthaya Kendra trustee Zafrullah Chowdhury, Sushasaner Jonya Nagarik secretary Badiul Alam Majumder, Revolutionary Workers Party secretary Saiful Huq and Gana Forum executive president Subrata Chowdhury.