Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Huq said that the government will take punitive actions against Jammat mouthpiece The Daily Sangram.
The minister made the remarks after paying rich tributes to the martyred intellectuals at the Martyred Intellectuals Memorial in the capiltal’s Mirpur on Saturday (Dec 14) morning.
The Daily Sangram ran a story on its Thursday (Dec 12) issue, in which it termed Abdul Qader Mullah a ‘martyr’.
Echoing the same, Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said, “We have already discussed over the matter with home minister to take actions against the newspaper.”
On Dec 12, 2013, Qader Mullah alias “Butcher of Mirpur" was executed for his crimes against humanity including the massacre of unarmed civilians and the killing of intellectuals committed during the War of Independence in 1971.
A protest has erupted in the capital after the report and Muktijuddho Mancha, a platform of freedom fighter descendants, has vandalized the Daily Sangram office on Thursday (Dec 14) afternoon.
Journalists of the newspaper alleged Muktijuddho Mancha men forcefully entered their office and broke furniture and computers.
At one point they brought the editor in front of the TV cameras and told him to apologize for the matter.
Later, Editor Abul Asad apologized on live TV for using “martyr” before the war criminal’s name.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Deputy Commissioner (Tejgaon division) Biplab Bijoy said: “The editor of the newspaper is in our custody at the moment for security reasons.