Intruders attacked police not BNP men: Fakhrul

Intruders attacked police not BNP men: Fakhrul

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Dhaka, 31 Jan – The BNP on Wednesday claimed that the partymen were not involved in Tuesday’s attack on police and suspected that outsiders might be responsible for the incident in High Court area.“We don’t exactly know yesterday’s (Tuesday) attackers. We’re suspecting that outsiders were involved with the incident,” The attackers on police were outsiders and they were not their party men,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
He made this comments at a press conference at party central office at Naya Paltan organized to protest mass arrest of party leaders and activists, including standing committee member Gayeshwar Chandra Roy hours after the incident.
The BNP leader accused the government of trying to tarnish the image of the BNP and said his party is trying to do peaceful politics.
He termed the arrest of Goyeshwar Chandra Roy an ominous sign saying that the law enforcers did not acknowledge his arrest over the night.
“The government has started the activists at a time when the people are waiting for a free fair and peaceful election in the country. They are doing it aiming at keeping the BNP out of the election process,” he said.
He alleged that the incident of arrest increased suddenly and senior BNP leaders are being arrested in a peaceful atmosphere.
No programme has yet been announced but the government is conducting drives to arrest and giving threatening. They themselves are destroying the stable situation of the country, he alleged.
The BNP leader feared that government is going ahead to hold a lopsided election keeping the party out of the election process.
Mirza Alamgir protested and condemned the police drive at the residences of some BNP leaders, including standing committee member Jamiruddin Sircar, vice chairman Abdul Mannan and city BNP leader Habibunnabi Khan Sohel Tuesday night. He demanded immediate release of the arrested party leaders including Goyeshwar Chandra Roy.
A number of BNP leaders and activists were gathered in the High Court area on Tuesday to express solidarity with party chairperson Khaleda Zia, who earlier on the day appeared before a Dhaka court at Bakshibazar in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case.
The police claimed that BNP activists thrown brickbats to them when Khaleda was returning from the court leaving four policemen injured.
BNP activists also vandalised police vehicles in front of the High Court and snatched two of their activists from a prison van, they alleged.
Hours after the incident, police arrested Goyeshwar Chandra Roy from Gulshan Tuesday night and filed two cases in this connection yesterday morning.
BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, Goyeshwar’s daughter Arpona Roy, daughter in law Nipun Roy Chowdhury and Abdus Salam Azad were present at the press conference. – Staff Reporter

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