Speakers at a discussion yesterday stressed the need for finding the motive and planning behind the murder of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal leader Kazi Aref Ahmed and demanded punishment for those responsible.
Kazi Aref Parishad arranged the discussion on the occasion of the 20th death anniversary of the leader at the capital's Jatiya Press Club.
Aref's daughter Kazi Afrin Jahan said although three convicted killers were executed, the planning behind the murder was yet to be revealed.
“We need to know the reason,” she said.
Advocate ZI Khan Panna, an organiser of Gono Adalat, said those who planned the killing were as guilty as those who committed it.
Delivering a memorial lecture, Liberation War researcher Mahfuzur Rahman said Kazi Aref wanted to establish socialism in the country but failed. However, lessons could be learned from this failure.
Ekattorer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee President Shahriar Kabir said Kazi Aref was a key person behind forming the Gono Adalat and its success could not have been possible without him. Historian Syed Anwar Hossain, cultural personality Ramendu Majumdar and ex-lawmaker Nazmul Haque Prodhan also spoke.
Three convicted killers of Aref were executed on January 8, 2016 at Jashore (then Jessore) Central Jail.
Kazi Aref, a Liberation War organiser, along with four Kushtia JSD unit men was killed after a rally at Kalidaspur, under Daulatpur upazila of Kushtia, on February 16, 1999.
The Gono Adalat, a symbolic court to try Ghulam Azam, was formed under leadership of Jahanara Imam in 1992.