Thursday, May 26

HC judge’s house torched after Tarique ban


The ancestral home of High Court judge Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque in Feni was set on fire hours after he ordered the government to stop publicising BNP Senior Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman’s statements in the media.

His ancestral residence in Mohammadpur area of Feni Sadar upazila was torched sometime last night, reports our local correspondent from the spot.

Locals said unidentified assailants poured kerosene on the tin-shed house and set it on fire. The house was partially gutted, however, no one was injured in the incident.

Soon after receiving information, additional superintendent of Feni police, Saiful Haque, rushed to the spot. “We do not know who are involved. Appropriate actions will be taken against the perpetrators after investigation,” he told reporters.

Yesterday, Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and Justice Abu Taher Md Saifur Rahman ordered the government to stop publicising Tarique Rahman in the media following a writ moved by Supreme Court lawyer Nashreen Siddiqua Lina.

The bench of these two justices issued a rule seeking explanation as to why publicising of Tarique’s speeches would not be declared illegal.

Recently, the BNP leader and elder son of party Chairperson Khaleda Zia, from a programme abroad, called out for agitation until the destabilisation of the government.

Privately-run Ekushey Television (ETV) was stopped allegedly for airing “too much” of that speech and soon afterwards the channel’s Chairman Abdus Salam shown arrested in a case.

Currently, the BNP-led 20-party alliance is sponsoring a countrywide nonstop blockade programme over marking the first anniversary of January 5 parliamentary polls, what the alliance labels as “democracy killing day”.