BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday expressed deep concern over the killings of USAID official Xulhaz Mannan and his friend Mahbub Rabbi Tonoy, and prison guard of Kashimpur jail Rustom Ali.In a statement signed by BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, she accused the government of spinning out unbelievable tales over each killing taking in the country in their own interests.
“They have also carried out campaign one after another in the incidents of killings of different communities and foreigners taking place in the country for the sometimes. They are trying to shift the burden of responsibility on the opposition parties to cover up the fact and hide the real perpetrators,” said the statement.
The former premier said the government has no alternative to hang on to power without violence and killings and they consider the continuation of killings and violence as their as their path of emancipation.
She claimed that safety of people, human rights, voting rights, election, democracy, peace, relief and security is now resting in the “vehicles carrying dead bodies.”
“The overall situation of the country is now dangerous than that of anytime in the past,” she said.
Khaleda warned that the present government would have to take the responsibilities of each killing from Italian aid worker Ceaser Tavella to Xulhaz Mannan, Mahbub Rabbi Tonoy, and Rustom Ali whatever loud statement the head of the government makes to mislead the people.
“Whatever steps she (the premier) is taking to shift the responsibility to others, and hatching conspiracies to avoid the incidents of plundering of national economy and thieving of government exchequer, she will not be able to divert the public attention…The voter less government must be accountable to the people,” she said.
Referring to the incidents of killing of people from different sphere of live including banker, teacher, NGO worker, journalist, elected representative, businessman, student, woman and child by “misusing state power”, the BNP chief alleged that the people are now living amid panic and spell of days of terror.
“The government has broken the political and social balance along with democracy to establish its monopoly everywhere. All state organs have lost their impartialities for politicizing everywhere,” she said adding, “This leads to expand killing, anarchy, violence, bloodshed, enforced disappearance, and extrajudicial killing in the country.
“The authoritarian rule has become so desperate that the state machinery comes to stifle any dissenting voice when someone utters a sound… The democracy is now grave is now the only place where the possible to practice democracy in the grave ,” she said.
“As if, we are living in a Demonic Island. It is only possible to practice democracy in a normal situation only in the grave…The peace loving people now not expect the normal death,” she said.
The BNP leader demanded the exemplary punishment of the killers of Xulhaz Mannan, Mahbub Rabbi Tonoy, and Rustom Ali by brining them into justice.
She also prayed for the salvation of their departed souls and expressed sympathy to the bereaved family members.
In separate statement, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir alleged that the killings of Xulhaz Mannan, Mahbub Rabbi Tonoy, and Rustom proved that the country have commend a sanctuary of miscreants.
He claimed that different misdeeds are taking place and terrorists are being encouraged as law and order has broken out because of using state machinery to resist opposition.
He said there is no alternative of people’s unity to protect the country from terrorism.
Meanwhile, addressing après conference, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi Ahmed yesterday questioned as to how the prime minister could know that BNP-Jamaat was involved in secret killing before starting ay legal process.
He claimed that the government had accused the BNP people in different killings in the past to suppress its unbounded failures and divert the attention of people.
The BNP leader condemned placing journalist Shafik Rehman what he said seriously ill on remand and alleged that his health check up was not done after he was arrested.
He said the BNP is concerned over the news that Rehman was being harassed to realise confessional statement and expressed party’s concern over his life.
Chowdhury Kamal Ibne Yusuf, Khairul Kabir Khokan and Shama Obayed, among others, were present on the occasion.