Mr Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury is an injured freedom fighter, a wounded veteran of our war of independence. He fought our liberation war as an Army Captain and lost his leg. He was awarded second highest gallantry award for living war heroes, Bir Bikram. Mr. Chowdhury retired from active military duty January of 1975 and joined foreign services, where he climbed up the ladder by means of his efficiency as a diplomat. He served as Bangladesh ambassador to different countries including USA, Germany, Vietnam etc. He also served five years as Foreign Secretary of Bangladesh.

Mr. Shamsher M Chowdhury and the likes of him are welcome new face of BNP. This is sharp contrast to the faces of Nizami or Mujahid flanking BNP leader Khaleda.

Those who like to see a better Bangladesh, those who wants a tolerant functioning democracy under strong two party parliamentary system, should welcome a smarter, secular new leadership in BNP. In this regard Mr Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury is a perfect candidate for a new fresh face in BNP our educated elites love to talk about.

Mr Chowdhury was standing near a peaceful protest site near Mohakhali during June 27 general strike, when he was whisked away by plain clothed police/ RAB forces. Despite lack of cases against him, he was taken to police remand for a day. The allegation by police against him was ridiculous to its highest extent.

This is how it was reported in a vernacular newspaper,
গুলশান থানার এসআই কে এম ফিরোজ তাদের বিরুদ্ধে ঢাকা সিএমএম আদলতে হাজির করে প্রত্যেককে জিজ্ঞাসাবাদের জন্য ৭ দিনের রিমান্ডের আবেদন করলে শুনানি শেষে ম্যাজিস্ট্রেট রোখসানা বেগম এপি প্রত্যেকের এক দিনের রিমান্ড মঞ্জুর করেন।
পুলিশের পক্ষ আদালতে উপস্থাপিত প্রতিবেদনে বলা হয়, শমসের মবিন চৌধুরী নিজে পুলিশের কনস্টেবল আজমকে গলা টিপে ধরলে তার জিহ্বা বেরিয়ে যায়। এ সময় শমসের মবিন চৌধুরীর নেতৃত্বে ১০০ থেকে ১৫০ লোক মহাখালী রেলগেটে গাড়ি ভাঙচুর করে, পুলিশকে কর্তব্য পালনে বাধা দেয় এবং ইটপাটকেল নিক্ষেপ করলে চারজন পুলিশ আহত হয়। এছাড়া শমসের মবিন চৌধুরীর নির্দেশে মালিবাগ, বিজয়নগর, নিউমার্কেট ও মহাখালীসহ ঢাকা শহরের বিভিন্ন স্থানে ছয়টি গাড়িতে অগ্নিসংযোগ করা হয়। তাই তার সহযোগীদের গ্রেফতার, তাদের ব্যবহৃত দেশে তৈরি অস্ত্র উদ্ধার করার জন্য রিমান্ডে নিয়ে জিজ্ঞাসাবাদ করা প্রয়োজন।

So after one day remand, which means torture under police custody, when Mr Chowdhury was granted bail by the higher court, he was re-arrested at jail-gate tonight. Citing same reason, ‘attempting to attack and kill policemen’.

One main complain of the urban elites about BNP was it’s backward looking face with Nizami, Mujahid escorting Khaleda Zia. Even 18 months into this government, when institution after institution are being ruined by blatant politicization, when media after media are being gagged for daring speak out against government atrocities; these elites chattering class preferred to keep their talking points limited to need for new faces in BNP or BNPs need to return to parliament.

Ruling Awami League, for it’s petty political interest, likes to keep BNP image that of a Nizami Mujahid flanked Khaleda image. And when a person like Mr Chowdhury comes to forefront of BNP politics, the government not at all likes it. Awami Leagues loves to portray BNP as Falu- Nizami combine. They feel vulnerable when people like Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury start coming forward as Khaleda’s leading advisor. Hence they try to harass and ruin the career of this new political face by brute force.

When ruling party tries to harass and ruin the career of this new political face by brute force, it was expected of the educated elites to finally speak up. But so far they have not done so. The media that speak for this class still blindly supports the ruling party and are cahoots in hiding their atrocities. Like fiddling Nero, they are still talking about BNP’s need to join parliament, BNP’s need to get rid of Jamaat etc.

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