Background of the Mass killing in the first week of March, 2013
Jamaat-e-Islami believes in rules of law and supports trial of all the offences. Despite that, the party had a reservation about the International Crimes Tribunal as we consider that this tribunal has beenformed to serve the political interest of the incumbent government. Even though, as a rule abiding party, Jamaat-e-Islami took part in all the legal procedure of the tribunal.On last 5
February, the tribunal awarded the detained Assistant Secretary General of Jamaat-e-Islami Abdul Quader Molla with life term imprisonment. Jamaat-e-Islami vehemently rejected the verdict citing that, government is abusing the tribunal to meet its ill-intention of eliminating theopposition quarters. The defence lawyer in case of Abdul Quader Molla already appealed against thetribunal verdict. But there is an opposite side of the coin. Since 5
February, a group of the youthsection launched a demonstration in Shahbag of the capital demanding death penalty to Abdul
Quader Molla and all other war crimes accused. „Bloggers and Online Activists‟, a forum of some
atheist and secular youths initiated the demonstration. Due to their relentless pressure, governmentbrought amendment to the International Crimes Tribunal Act, 1973 creating a provision for thegovernment side to file appeal against any verdict of the tribunal. In the meantime, some blogs andcolumns of the Shahbag movement organizers published in some news media which containsderogatory comments and indecent remark against Islam and its holy Prophet. Such a news outragedmassive protest across the country. Consequently, Islam loving people declared some peacefulprograms protesting those anti-Islamic bloggers. While observing those programs, police firedindiscriminately upon the protesters that killed 20 people at a stretch including 7 in Manikganj and
rest of the others in Cox‟s Baza
r and port city Chittagong. The saga of genocide was made on 28
February. On this day,
the controversial „InternationalCrimes Tribunal‟ sentenced the renowned preacher
and religious scholar Mawlana Delwar HossainSayeedi to death. The tribunal awarded this aged religious leader with death penalty in two particularcounts, which are full of factual contradictions and anomalies. Jamaat-e-Islami instantly upheld thoseloopholes and rejected the verdict as a whole terming it as a government sponsored conspiracy to wipe out the opposition sections. Along with the party reaction, the entire Bangladesh outbursts intofurious protests. Millions of angry protesters took to the streets and the police fired thousandsrounds of bullets to foil the peaceful demonstration of the protesters. The result was 73 men, women and children died in a single day, just within 8 hours. Most of the deceased were generalpeople, who loved Maulana Sayedee for his religious sermon and who were truly fascinated by thelifelong benevolent deeds of this great religious scholar.
It was the deadliest day in Bangladesh‟s
history since the independence war of 1971.