New Age runs a notice:
When New Age was going to press on Wednesday evening, we had in our possession photographs of top-brass BNP leaders, including standing committee member Mahbubur Rahman, being assaulted by activists of their own party.
While we at New Age strongly believe that — in the spirit of freedom of the press and our readers’ right to information — we are committed to bring those photographs to our readers, a number of our journalists were repeatedly ‘reminded’, however courteously, that Mahbub after all is a former army chief and publishing photographs of him being assaulted may not go down well with his former charges.
Living in these times of ‘reminders’ and their untold consequences as they are, we, therefore, sincerely apologise to our readers for our inability to publish those photographs, and hence absconding, even if momentarily, in our responsibility to bring to you the whole truth in its full, graphic manifestation.
[The photo newspapers in Bangladesh could not publish today.]
Former chief of Bangladesh army, BNP standing committee member, Lieutenant General (retired) Mahbubur Rahman came under attack Wednesday from angry BNP activists for his collaboration with the DGFI engineered coup in the party. Pro-Khaleda Zia activists got hold of Mahbub near the mausoleum of party founder General Ziaur Rahman. Mahbub was severely beaten with shoes, slapped and kicked as police stood by watching. BNP activists also chased BNP leaders Dhaka mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka and ex-army officer ZA Khan. However, they managed to escape public wrath by jumping into their cars that drove away fast as activists threw brickbats and shoes. Leaders of Saifur-Hafiz faction in BNP were returning after placing wreaths at Ziaur Rahman’s grave, marking the “National Revolution and Solidarity” day. According to an E-Bangladesh correspondent present at the scene, JCD and Juba Dal activists “dragged out Mahbubur Rahman from his car, tore down his shirt and began indiscriminately beating him with their slippers on his face calling him ‘a traitor.'”
“DGFI [military intelligence] collaborators inside BNP must take a lesson from this. It is easy to engage in conspiracy seating in Saifur’s [Rahman] Gulshan residence, but they will have to come out in front of the public at some point,” one BNP activist told an E-Bangladesh correspondent.