BNP demands judicial probe into 'extrajudicial' killings

BNP demands judicial probe into ‘extrajudicial’ killings

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BNP on Monday demanded a high-profile judicial investigation into the ‘extrajudicial’ killings carried out by law enforcers during the ongoing anti-narcotic drive.

“Innocent people have been killed in the name of anti-narcotic drive. We want those involved in the killings to be put on trial,” said BNP vice chairman Abdullah Al Noman.

Speaking at a discussion, he further said, “We think a judicial probe body, headed by an Appellate Division judge, should be formed to investigate the killings.”

The BNP leader said the family members of those subjected to ‘extrajudicial’ killings will not get justice if the investigation is done by magistrates or the administration.

Jatiyatabadi Prajanma’ 71 arranged the programme at the Jatiya Press Club, marking the 37th death anniversary of BNP founder Ziaur Rahman.

About the killing of Teknaf Municipality Councillor Ekramul Haque, Noman said many innocent people like him were killed on political ground.

He said human rights bodies at home and abroad have become vocal against the ‘extrajudicial’ killings urging the government to stop it. “Such killing is a sin and unlawful and inhuman act in a democratic society.”

The BNP leader said the government will make its all-out efforts to hold the next polls keeping their chairperson Khaleda Zia in jail as it is seriously afraid of her.

Under the circumstances, he said, BNP must intensify the party’s movement to have Khaleda freed from jail. “Let’s wage a movement together to restore democracy, ensure a credible election and release our leader Khaleda Zia.”

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