A 30-foot high portrait of Shaheed Janani Jahanara Imam has been set up at Shahbagh intersection, now known as Ganajagaran Chattar, the center point of mass movement demanding capital punishment of war criminals.
Source said an organization named ‘Shaheed Rumi Squad’ took the initiative to set up the portrait to fuel the mass protest that entered ninth day.
Nasiruddin Yusuf Bachchu,
freedom-fighter and President of the Sammilita Sangskritik Jote, urged all the
people from the main podium of the mass movement at Shahbagh, christened
'Ganajagaran Mancha', to stand up in silence for a minute in her honour.
The huge gathering at Shahbagh fell silent for a minute as the protesters stood
up in response.
In 1992, the country’s
civil society began an unprecedented movement under the leadership of Jahanara
Imam. Ekattorer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee (Committee for Resisting Killers
and Collaborators of Bangladesh Liberation War) was formed in demand for trial
of the war criminals and ban on communal and fundamentalist politics in the
martyred freedom fighter Rumi, Imam passed away on Jun 26, 1994 but her
followers continue the movement.
Blogger and Online Activist Network initiated the nonstop protest at Shahbagh
intersection hours after the International Crimes Tribunal-2 on Feb 5 sentenced
Jamaat-e-Islami leader Molla to life in prison for crimes against humanity
during the Liberation War in 1971.
Hundreds of thousands of people from all walks of life expressed their
solidarity with the young men and women by joining a massive rally on February
They also took
an oath to continue their movement until Molla is awarded death sentence and
vowed to fight anti-liberation forces like Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing
Islami Chhatra Shibir.
pledged to boycott all business and social organisations, including media
outlets, of the party.
'International Crimes (Tribunals) (Amendment) Bill, 2013, was placed in
Parliament on Wednesday with a provision of allowing the prosecution and
defence to appeal against inadequate sentences and orders of acquittal against
1971 war criminals to the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court.