Bangladesh government using ‘terrorism’ to remove opposition ahead of polls: BNP Sec-gen

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir was referring to recent incidents of police firing and assault on BNP's peaceful march programs across the country.


File photo of BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. PHOTO: COLLECTED/THE DAILY STAR

August 21, 2023

DHAKA – BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir today said the allegations made by the Detective Branch of Police during a press briefing are not only completely false but politically motivated.

“It is clear from the statements of the police are nothing but political. So, you can understand the condition of the country,” he said in a press briefing at BNP Chairperson’s Office in Gulshan.

Criticizing the ruling party, he said, “They have established themselves as a terrorist party, they themselves commit terrorism. And the police, at the behest of this illegal government, are doing terrorist activities which we call state terrorism, today it has reached the level of state terrorism.”

“The judiciary, law enforcement agencies, all other government agencies are working in the same way. We have some documents that we will show if needed. Where the judiciary is being told to finish cases quickly, within so many dates… Bring witnesses by arresting them if they don’t show up… A terrible situation has been created. On the one hand there is police torture, on the other there is a terrible agenda of quick convictions. Their goal is one… They want to empty the entire field,” Fakhrul added.

Referring to yesterday’s incidents of police firing and assault on BNP’s peaceful march programs across the country including Habiganj and Narayanganj demanding release of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, the siege of the central office at Naya Paltan by Plainclothes men last night, and arrest of several leaders, as well as the plainclothes men picking up Chhatra Dal leaders on August 18 and later framing them in arms cases, the BNP Secretary General said,

“You have seen that arms cases have been filed against them (Chhatra Dal leaders). DB held a press briefing. In that briefing they showed the weapons. If you look at these ancient weapons from some ancient era, you will understand. These are completely old…””DB says BNP is now collecting weapons to sabotage the election. This is the interesting part. That means they are now speaking entirely politically on behalf of a party. We demand their immediate release and withdrawal of false cases,” Fakhrul stated.

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