West Bengal Muslims support Sayedee, Jamaat-e-Islami in Bangladesh
Contrary to the present developments in Bangladesh where an upsurge of emotion against Islamists is being witnessed, Muslim radicals in West Bengal stand for Delwar Hossain Sayedee and Jamaat-e-Islami with conviction. This came to light through a press conference (held recently) by a host of Muslim outfits in Kolkata. Even if they expressed their concerns as regards the chaotic situation in Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina and her government were held culpable for the entire development.
Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, through a statement made in public, stated, “It was not in the interest of either Bangladesh or our country that Bangladesh should become victims of chaos. As a neighbor it is our duty to save Bangladesh from plunging into a civil war. So, we urge our government to impress upon Dhaka to abolish the so called war crimes tribunal and stop atrocities on Jamaat-e-Islami and other Islamic organizations."
While speaking at the press conference, Mohammed Qamruzzaman, general secretary – All Bengal Minorities Youth Federation, along with blasting the Bangladesh premier and extolling Sayedee, said, "We had recently filed a deputation to the Bangladesh High Commissioner and it clearly didn't have any effect. We now urge our President Pranab Mukherjee to cancel his trip to Bangladesh as a mark of protest against the government atrocities there."
Terming the death sentence Delwar Hossain Sayedee as per ruling of the International War Crimes Tribunal in Bangladesh a farce, Abdul Aziz, president, Milli Ittehad Parishad, said "After 42 years, there is hardly any witness or evidence left to sentence him to death. There should be a fair trial and not a point blank death punishment."
On March 3, 2013, in an urgent meeting called by Bengal Imam Council, death sentence awarded to Delwar Hossain Sayedee and responsibility of Government of Bangladesh were censured severely. Hafez Raisuddin Purakait, general secretary of the Council, while talking to press, confirmed the death sentence as part of a heinous conspiracy to denounce true warriors of Islam. He also said that a memorandum, demanding unconditional release of Delwar Hossain Sayedee, would be sent to various Islamic countries, United Nations, President and Prime Minister of Bangladesh soon.
Imam Council would also be present at the grand assembly (called by various Muslim organizations to protest the heinous conspiracy against Sayedee and Jamaat-e-Islami in Bangladesh) at Shahid Minar, Kolkata on March 26.