After Mancha spokesperson Imran H Sarkar and several others were injured by water cannons and teargas shells, Mancha organiser Students Union President Hasan Tarek announced the rally.
“People have rejected the verdict reducing Sayedee’s death sentence for crimes against humanity in 1971. Police have attacked Mancha activists for protesting against this verdict,” he said.
The verdict follows Sayadee's appeal against the judgment by International Crimes Tribunal that awarded him death penalty in February last year.
Activists of the Ganajagaran Mancha – a secular, anti-fundamentalist platform that originated during the protests against top Jamaat leader Abdul Quader Molla’s ICT verdict last year – erupted in protest once again after hearing the court’s decision on Sayedee.
Slogans were raised at Shahbagh protesting this ‘collusion’. After about an hour, police charged on the protesters.
Spokesperson Imran said the justice had been compromised and felt there was an attempt to reinstate war criminals.