The BNP’s Oct 25 rally would be peaceful and the government should lift its ban on rallies and meetings to help the opposition organise peaceful programmes, BNP spokesperson Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has said.
He voiced his demand at a press conference the BNP held at the Chairperson’s Gulshan office on Tuesday morning.
“We want to hold a peaceful rally in front of the party’s Naya Paltan headquarters. You (government) should not ruin our pre-scheduled public rally,” said Fakhrul.
“Let us hold the rally. Immediately cancel the ban imposed on rallies and meetings.”
The government would be responsible for any untoward incident arising from the ban on rallies and gatherings.
Arch rivals AL and the BNP scheduled programmes the same day on Oct 25, the day the 90-day countdown to next general election begins, prompting police to embargo meetings, processions, rallies and human chains until further orders from first day of this week.
BNP Acting Secretary General Alamgir alleged that the government was misusing the police to harass opposition activists and leaders.
“A microbus in Khaleda Zia’s motorcade, returning from a visit to the party’s Naya Paltan headquarters, where its Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi fell sick, came under police attack. The Chairperson’s security officials were assaulted,” said Fakhrul.
“The controversial police attack came without any provocation. The glass windows of the microbus were damaged. Security officers Col Majid (Retd) and Enam Ahmed were assaulted. The party’s Assistant Secretary of Student Affairs Sultan Salauddin Tuku was arrested. We were stunned and deeply aggrieved.”
Fakhrul demanded the removal of and punishment for, the police official responsible for the trouble.
He said his party’s headquarters had been under police siege over the last eight days.
“We don’t know what kind of democracy it is,” said Fakhrul.
He urged the government to move away from its undemocratic stance and begin negotiations.-bdnews24.com