SQ Chy In Hot Water After Derogatory Comment In House
Tuesday, 03 March 2009

The main opposition BNP staged a ten-minute walk out from parliament on Tuesday, following a dispute over a derogatory term used by Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury's about army officers killed in the BDR mutiny.

Ruling party MP Suranjit Sengupta bitterly criticised Chowdhury and termed him a "war criminal".

The dispute began at around 7.00 pm when Chowdhury took floor on a point-of-order.

He questioned the terms of reference for the home ministry's committee to investigate the BDR mutiny, saying it did not specify any undertaking to detect the killers.

He urged the formation of a parliamentary probe committee to properly investigate the killings of army officers at the Peelkhana headquarters on Feb 25-26.

Countering him, Suranjit said, "Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury just two days ago called the army officers killed in the BDR mutiny 'prani (animals)' in parliament."

"By use of this term we can understand his view of the martyrs," he said.

At one stage of his statement, Suranjit said, "I also understand Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury's pain in carrying the stigma of being a war criminal."

"It is not fair to ask for clarification from parliament on terms of reference of the home ministry's committee," he said.

Another treasury bench MP, Tofail Ahmed, took floor saying, "We should not play politics over this issue."

"The prime minister has clearly said the perpetrators of the BDR mutiny will be found and brought to justice. The government has already filed a case with Lalbagh thana in this regard," said Tofail.

Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury once again shouted for floor to clarify his position on the allegations, but the speaker denied him.

The opposition left the House at around 7.15 pm as the speaker did not give floor to Chowdhury for a "personal clarification".

They returned ten minutes later.

Speaker Abdul Hamid said he would form a parliamentary committee if the home ministry's committee failed to investigate.

Source: bdnews24.com

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