Bangladesh Motion Picture Exhibition Association on Thursday threatened to shutdown all cinema halls across the country from Sunday if stern action is not taken by Saturday against those assaulted its president on Wednesday.
"Generally cinema halls are remained closed during the month of Ramadan. But we have decided to keep all the cinema houses across the country closed from Sunday onwards if punitive action against those attacked our president and the owner of Madhumita Cinema Hall Eftekhar Uddin Nawsad is not taken by Saturday, the day before Eid," general secretary Syed Rashid announced.
He made the announcement in a press conference held at Dhaka Reporters' Unity (DRU) in the city. He, however, did not answer to any question regarding the screening of movies on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.
Censor Board Member Shaban Mahmud said, "Legal notice will be served to those involved in the attack on Efektarkar Uddin Nawsad. Later, a case will be filed against them." After the press conference, a human chain was organised in front of the National Press Club in protest of the attack on Nawsad. Then the movie exhibitors submitted a memorandum to the Home Minister.
Nawsad was attacked by the leaders and activists of Bangladesh Film family in front of the Censor Board on Wednesday noon. At that time there was a sit-in programme against the permission of screening Bangladesh-India joint venture films "Nawab" and "Boss-II".
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