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Strong resentment in parliament for not arresting Latif
Observer Online Report
Publish Date : 2014-11-24,  Publish Time : 21:54,  View Count : 9
Treasury bench, opposition and independent members in Jatiya Sangsad have expressed strong resentment for not arresting Abdul Latif Siddiqui despite his return to the country.

Standing on a point of order in parliament on Monday evening, Ziauddin Bablu, Haji Selim, Rustam Ali Farazi, Abul Kalam Azad and AKM Rezaul Karim Tansen demanded the cancellation of Latif Siddiqui's membership of parliament and immediate arrest of him.

Jatiya Party's secretary general Ziauddin Bablu said Latif Siddiqui made indecent remarks about religion to implement the agenda of fundamentalist forces. He is working in favour of the fundamentalism. It's necessary to take legal action against him.

"Latif Siddiqui violated the constitution by hurting the religious sentiments of the people. He created an anarchic situation in the country. How such a person entered the country through the airport without any interception? How Latif Siddiqui evaded arrest in spite of the presence of so many law enforcers at the airport," he asked.

Expressing strong resentment, Haji Selim, MP asked what so many members of intelligence agencies were doing at the airport.

Citing an example, he said when he was in the opposition, he was surrounded by many intelligence agencies' members at the airport when he was going abroad for treatment. "It seemed to me that so many intelligence agency members were lions and I was their victim."

"The passengers' list of the aircraft by which Latif Siddiqui arrived in Dhaka from India was given to the airport authorities earlier. But, why the intelligence agency members failed to know about his arrival in the country," Haji Selim said, asking what do they actually do at the airport.

"As far as I know, the prime minister didn't give any green signal to allow Latif Siddiqui to return to the country. I request the Speaker to tell the countrymen whether she would expel Latif Siddiqui from parliament," he said.

Rustam Ali Farazi MP said, "The countrymen are now asking how Latif Siddiqui dared to return to the country. He threw the prime minister into a dangerous situation by making audacious remarks about Hajj and religion. He should be tried for blasphemy."

On the other hand, standing on a point of order, Suranjit Sengupta said the government had nothing to do regarding Latif Siddiqui's return to the country, because he was not declared 'persona non-grata.' According to 174 procedure of the constitution, Speaker's permission will be required to arrest him in the Jatiya Sangsad area.

Suranjit said, "Now it is the responsibility of law enforcers to arrest Latif Siddiqui. Many warrants of arrest have been issued by the courts against him. Police will take action after receiving the warrants. Courts will do what they feel appropriate. We are looking at the courts. If the courts issue any directive, the government will implement it," he said.

The ruling party lawmaker said the Awami League leaders and activists at the grassroots level were also shocked for hurting the religious sentiments of people by Latif Siddiqui, because Awami League believes in religious faiths of all people of the country.

Suranjit also said if any quarter tried to take advantage from the present situation over Latif Siddiqui issue, they would not be befitted from it.

Prime Minister and Leader of the House Sheikh Hasina was not present in parliament at that time. However, leader of the opposition Raushan Ershad was present.


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