The government on Thursday cancelled permission of holding a convention of the Sector Commanders’ Forum scheduled for March 15 demanding trial of the war criminals.
The Dhaka Metropolitan Police commissioner, Naim Ahmed, announced the cancellation of permission citing security worries.
Naim said the Sector Commanders’ Forum had applied to the home secretary on January 14 for permission to hold a discussion and cultural function at the Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre on March 15 to mark Independence Day.
The application stated that sector commanders, sub-sector commanders, noted freedom fighters and respected citizens would show their respect to the martyrs of 1971.
The application added that the programme is a non-political event.
‘Though the application mentioned discussions and a cultural function, a review of the invitation letter revealed that the programme has been organized with the aim of making a demand initiating the trials of war criminals,’ Naim said.
The police commissioner said although the application mentioned a discussion and cultural function, the invitation letter did not.
Naim said the apparent inconsistency between the application and the invitation letter and fears over possible public unrest forced them to cancel the permission.
‘There has been no verbal communication with the applicants, but we will do whatever is necessary to maintain law and order if they gather there despite the programme’s cancellation,’ the Dhaka police chief said.