BNP raises alarm of disaster in prisons for arrests enmasse

BNP raises alarm of disaster in prisons for arrests enmasse

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BNP has aired an apprehension that an inhuman disaster may hit the country’s jails as the government continues the ‘wholesale arrest’ of opposition leaders and activists.
“Prisoners are being kept in jails across the country beyond their capacities. We fear that an inhuman disaster is imminent in prisons because of the regular arrest of our leaders and activists across the country,” said BNP spokesman Asaduzzaman Ripon on Sunday.Speaking at a press briefing at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, he also alleged that law enforcers arrested over 500 of their leaders and activists from Rangpur, Chuadanga, Satkhira, Chittagong, Narsingdi, Gazipur, Chapainawabganj, Jhenidah and Noakhali on Saturday like any other day.
Ripon said the government is carrying out propaganda that they are arresting BNP men for their involvement in terrorist activities. “We’ve repeatedly said our party has no link to terrorism. We do democratic politics and our position is always against terrorism and militancy.”
He warned that it will invite a great danger for democracy and parliamentary politic as the government is trying to brand the country’s largest opposition party as a terrorist organisation.
“We think the government has indulged in a suicidal game to destroy the opposition and parliamentary politics and democracy, and the consequence will not be good. So, we call upon the government to refrain from it,” the BNP leader said.
Ripon alleged that the government, having failed to get any clue to the two foreigners’ murders, is trying to implicate BNP leaders in those only to make political gains.
He said the government is plotting to take a statement from arrested BNP leader MA Quayum’s brother MA Matin under duress that some BNP leaders were involved in the foreigners’ killing.
The BNP leader urged the government to ensure a fair investigation shunning its evil design so that the perpetrators can be brought to justice.
Ripon criticised the government for not showing any sympathy to the teachers and employees of non-MPO educational institutions who have been carrying out a non-stop movement in front of the Jatiya Press Club for nearly three weeks demanding inclusion of their institutions in the government’s Monthly Pay Order (MPO) facility.
“We urge the government to accept their justified demand,” he said.- Agencies

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