Khaleda for high-powered probe of all killings, abductions

Khaleda for high-powered probe of all killings, abductions

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BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Thursday demanded formation of a commission to investigate all the incidents of killing, forced disappearance and abduction taken place recently across the country.   She came up with the demand while addressing a press conference at her Gulshan political office in the city after a views-exchange programme with the family members of those who fell victims to the recent killings, forced disappearances and abductions.   Khaleda urged the government to form the probe commission headed by any former chief justice, and include noted media persons, lawyers, personalities and human rights activists in it. Branding the incumbent government as illegal and people-isolated one, Khaleda said, “If the government hangs onto power, it’ll be dangerous for the country and the nation. So, the quicker the government goes the better for the country.”   “There’s no government, the rule of law and administration in the country… there’s only reign of terror. There’s no one to ensure the security of people. Only bodies are being found in rivers and cannels,” the BNP chief said.   She demanded immediate resignation of the government paving the path for a fresh fair election with the participation of all political parties.   Being barred by police from holding its scheduled rally at the Engineers Institute earlier in the day, Dhaka City BNP arranged the views-exchange at Khaleda’s Gulshan office around 6:30pm.   Khaleda was scheduled to address the rally at the Engineers Institute in protest against the growing incidents of killing, force disappearance and abduction across the country.   Eminent citizens, senior journalists and foreign diplomats were also invited to the programme.   But, police locked the main gate of the Engineers Institute’s auditorium hours before the beginning of the rally saying that the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) did not give permission for the programme.   “’Senior police officials have told us we’re not allowed to hold the rally as the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) didn’t give us permission,” Dhaka City BNP member secretary Abdus Salam told UNB.   Salam said they had earlier taken permission from the authorities of the Engineers Institute for holding the rally.   He said they had also submitted a letter to the DMP authorities seeking permission for holding the rally. – UNB

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