Dhaka – A Bangladeshi-origin US national has served a legal notice to state minister for power, energy and mineral resources Nasrul Hamid Bipu asking him to stop intimidation and pay the compensation for the harms he had caused the petitioner.
Shamimun Nahar Lipi, a rights activist and US citizen, sent the notice to the junior minister by postal services Thursday through a lawyer of Bangladesh Supreme Court.
In her notice, Lipi accused the minister of harassing her in many ways by taking advantage of his official authority as a minister.
She also asked the state minister to stop issuing threats, harassing her family members, and pay an amount for the harm that the minister previously caused to her.
Legal steps will be taken in case the minister does not respond to the notice in seven days, said a lawyer of the Supreme Court, Ishrat Hasan, who served the notice.
Terming Bipu a family-friend for many years, Lipi said the minister has been harassing herself and her family members for a long time engaging musclemen and people from different agencies abusing the authority of his official portfolio.
The minister and his people have still been threatening Lipi, the lawyer said adding that her client was attacked many times in Dhaka and she had registered those incidents with local police stations.
She was also harassed by the members of the law enforcement agencies, who also went on rampage at her office, where Lipi used to conduct voluntary social works. The minister was behind all those incidents, claimed the lawyer in the notice.
In the notice, Lipi also demanded protection for her life in Bangladesh.