Created for safety, 'RAB turns into ghost of Rakkhi Bahini': BNP

Created for safety, ‘RAB turns into ghost of Rakkhi Bahini': BNP

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BNP joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi yesterday termed Rapid Action Battalion as “serial killer” and “visible panic” and said they have snatched the sleep of the people.
Addressing a press conference at party headquarters at Naya Paltan, he alleged that the accused RAB officials of killing seven people in Narayanganj are not arrested as they remain under the state protection.
“The government has turned the elite force as its own force to carry out killing, enforced disappearance and abduction. Thus, the RAB people are getting indemnity even after committing crimes against humanity one after another,” he said.Replying to a question, the BNP leader said the elite force has been turned into a killer force and their image has been tarnished through their misdeeds. “The people will remain in panic if the RAB is not disbanded,” he added.
Rizvi criticised the government alleged move to implicate Shahid chairman, the father in law of slain Nazrul Islam in the seven murders.
He demanded arrest of the killers of seven victims of abduction immediately. – Staff Reporter
UNB adds: Accusing Rab of indulging in crimes against humanity, BNP on Wednesday said the elite force is now a ghost of Rakhhi Bahini.
“Rab is now an evil spirit of Rakkhi Bahini. Rab is also a name of brutal blood-taking and repressive state machinery. The government has turned the Rab into its own mercenary force to carry out killings and misdeeds across the country,” said BNP joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
The BNP leader alleged that no action has been taken against Rab members though they are regularly carrying out crimes against humanity across the country as the government is patronising and protecting them.
Expressing dismay over the no visible efforts to arrest the three sacked Rab officials in connection with the Narayanganj seven murders despite the High Court order, he said the government is protecting the Rab officials as one of them is a son-in-law of a minister.
Rizvi alleged that removed Rab-11 commanding officer Lt Col Tareque Sayeed Mohammad was also involved in making former Laksam BNP MP Hiru and another local BNP leader Humayun disappeared six months back.
Family members and the people of Laksam in Comilla now bust into anger demanding the trial of Tareque Sayeed.
Asked why BNP is demanding Rab disbandment instead of its reformation, Rizvi said “Rab has now become a killer force and it has tarnished its image and also turned into the symbol of horror. Anxiety and fear cant’ be remove from public mind as long as this force exists. ”, he said.
Mentioning that the government has turned the entire country into a graveyard by killing people by Rab, he said the current “illegal” regime and those have black money will continue to take people’s lives by the force to implement their evil design and desire if the force remain operative.
He alleged Rab has now become a messenger of death to people as the government has been using this force as a weapon of taking its political vendetta. “Rab is now a name of serial killing force and a symbol of horror which has robbed of people’s sleep,” he added.
Rizvi alleged that the ruling party men are continuously attacking minority communities and garbing their property.
He said Dhaka City unit Awami League’s 41-ward president has grabbed the property of the Hindu community members near Westernkhal at Wari.
Our Staff Reporter adds: Meanwhile, addressing a human chain programme of Jatiyatabadi Mohila Dal, BNP vice chairman Major (Retd) Hafiz Uddin Ahmed yesterday also demanded disbandment of RAB.
“The BNP had created RAB aiming at resisting curbing militancy and terrorism. Now it has been politicised and is being used to carry out repression on opposition leaders and activists,” he added.
Begum Noor-eAra Safa presided over the function while Shirin Sultana, among others, addressed the programme.

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