Minority groups announce protest over PP Rathis missing

first_imgRathis Chandra BhowmikMinority community groups on Monday announced demonstration programmes demanding that the government take measures to trace public prosecutor Rathis Chandra Bhowmik who went on missing since Friday last week.Under the banner Bangladesh Hindu Bouddha Christian Oikyo Parishad, minority leaders announced that they would block roads in Rangpur and Rajshahi divisions and all major roads in divisional cities for an hour on 7 April if Rathis is not traced by then.The group made the demand from a press conference held at National Press Club on Monday, news agency UNB reports.They also demanded prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s intervention in this regard.”We demand that prime minister Sheikh Hasina intervenes into this matter,” said the minority group’s general secretary Rana Dasgupta.Public prosecutor Rathis Chandra Bhowmik, 55, who represented the state in a case over the killings of Japanese national Hoshi Kunio and Rahmat Ali, khadem (caretaker) of a shrine, has been ‘missing’ since Friday morning.Speaking at the press conference, Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad president Jayanto Sen Dipu said Rathis had helped reclaim khas land (government owned land) worth around Tk 3 billion from illegal occupation this year and this may be one of the reasons of his missing.Earlier on Saturday, Bangladesh Puja Udjapan Parishad and Bangladesh Hindu Bouddha Christian Oikyo Parishad jointly organised a human chain on at the National Press Club to press home the same demands.last_img

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