Professor Anu Muhammad in police van.
Photo: Bangladesh First
July 3rd 2011.
In an exclusive interview with ShahidulNews, secretary of the National Committee to Protect Oil-Gas-Minerals-Power-Ports, Anu Muhammad, professor of economics of Jahangirnagar University, speaking outside the Communist Party of Bangladesh office in New Paltan in Dhaka, talked of over 50 activists having been arrested by the police in the early hours of the hartal.
The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) picked up Professor Anu Muhammad, the member secretary of National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports in front of CPB office today moring during the 6 hour hartal called by the committee.
Professor Muhammad was amongst those arrested but was later released.
Anu Muhammad, professor of economics of Jahangirnagar University and member secretary of National Committee toÂ Â protect oil-gas-mineral resources, power and port is arrested from Paltan today (3 July) at 6:53 a.m..
While he was walking towards the office of Communist Party of Bangladesh to join the other activists of National Committee for strike campaign, at least 40 anti riot police came forward, grabbed him and took him away in a prisonerâ€™s van.
During the arrest he
Anha F Khan, Mehedi Hassan and I were accompanying him today morning while he
was walking from his
Mehedi Hasan was also arrested.
Earlier interviews with Anu Muhammad
Professor Anu Muhammad, speaking from Paltan Thana (Police Station) in Motijheel reported that except for a handful of activists, the rest of the people arrested were still in the police station.
DHAKA: Renowned writer, researcher and activist Rahnuma Ahmed asks who is a â€˜foreign agentâ€™, Anu Muhammad
, member-secretary of the National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports, or Dr. Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, advisor to the Prime Minister on energy affairs?
Dr Hasan Mahmud told lawmakers, Anu Muhammad is a â€˜foreign agent,â€™ and that the Oil and gas Committee was formed by `tokais` (street urchins) after the committee called a half-day hartal on July 3 in protest against the deal inked between the government and the US-based company ConocoPhillips for offshore oil and gas exploration.
Did the WikiLeaked cables revealed from Dhaka`s US embassy last December name Anu Muhammad
, or did it name the prime minister`s energy adviser Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury?
Who did the US ambassador James Moriarty tell to award offshore gas blocks to ConocoPhillips
, to Anu Muhammad
, or to Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury?
Who obliged accordingly, Anu Muhammad
, or Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury?
The only document that we, members of the public, have access to, is the production sharing contract (PSC model 2008), which Anu Muhammad, member secretary, National Committee, is quick to point out, was designed during the caretaker government and was uploaded on the net to facilitate international bidding.
Not to elicit comments or suggestions from members of the public.
Does secrecy over contracts not lend credence to B D Rahmatullah's accusation that the power crisis has been manufactured, has been `artificially created' to push through anti-people power projects like rental power plants?
There is reason to take his
word for it, he
was former director-general of the Power Cell. `Our engineers,' he
says, `are willing to sell their country just for a ticket abroad' (Budhbar, August 18, 2010).