BNP senior leader Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury on Monday urged their party leaders and activists to put up a resistance against unfair arrest by law enforcers.
“I’ve seen a mass wave in favour of ‘sheaf of paddy’ in Sylhet city, but police has started arresting our party men to spoil it. People created resistance there against such arrest by encircling a police station twice,” he said.
Speaking at a discussion, he further said, “Police stations will have to gherao in every area if opposition leaders and activists are arrested unfairly. I think resistance against such arrest must be put up everywhere.”
Nagorik Odhikar Andolon Forum organised the programme at the Jatiya Press Club.
Khosru, a BNP standing committee member, said Awami League has taken an ‘election project’ to grab power again by keeping people out of the election process.
As part of the ‘project’, he said they are arresting BNP leaders and activists, forcing out polling agents and harassing them and providing Awami League leaders and activists with ‘ballots at the dead of night’.
The BNP leader said their party will also have to take a counter project now to resist unfair arrest, gherao the Election Commission, its officials and those involved in Awami League’s election project.
“We also need to prepare a list of those police officials involved in Awami League’s election project to expose them before people. We must thwart Awami League’s project through a strong resistance to ensure a fair election,” he observed.
The BNP leader also said law enforcers and different agencies, not Awami League and its candidates, are carrying out electioneering ahead of the elections to local government bodies.
Khosru criticised the government for the attack on Amar Desh acting editor Mahmudur Rahman in Kushtia, saying it is a sign of the government’s fall.