Dhaka – The BNP has protested the raid terming it as a part of deep rooted conspiracy against the party and announced programme to stage demonstration across the country today to protest against the incident.
A police team entered the BNP chairperson’s political office at House No. 6 and Road No. 86 in Gulshan at around 8:00am and the drive came to an end around 9:30am.Police officials did not talk to the media during the drive, they handed over a seizure list signed by Azizul Islam, a sub-inspector of Gulshan Police Station to BNP leaders after completion of the raid. The list mentioned zero quantity of seized properties.
Hearing the news of police raid at Khaleda’s office, some BNP leaders including senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi and Dhaka South city BNP president Habib-un-Nabi Khan Sohel reached the spot at about 8:45am.
Talking to reporters after the police, Rizvi said termed the incident as a deep-rooted conspiracy to humiliate and demoralise Khaleda Zia.
He alleged that since the government’s image has been plagued by various scams and failures it is trying to divert public attention from these issues.
“The police got nothing but they raided the office,” he told the reporters.
Rizvi said the police conducted the search warrant on the basis of a general diary filed by an unnamed person but they were not informed about it before. He condemned the government move. Habib-un-Nabi Khan Sohel showed a copy of the GD to journalists.
The GD which was filed at 7:05pm on May 19 mentioned that there are storage of materials like stickers in and around the house number 6 (Khaleda’s office) and around to carryout sabotage activities.
Officer in charge of Gulshan police station Abu Bakar Siddique however told reporters that the raid was conducted at the direction of court. “There is a court directive to examine whether there are any anti-state elements inside the office,” he said.
Two office staffs—Md Rashed and Aminul Islam Swapan were inside the office during the police drive led by deputy commissioner (DC) of police (Gulshan region) Mostaque Ahmed and OC of Gulshan police station Abu Bakar Siddique, said BNP chairperson’s media wing officer Shamsuddin Didar.
The police numbering about 100 entered the office by breaking the lock of collapsible at the entrance and conducted raids in all the rooms at ground and first floor of the two-stored building accept the chairpersons’ room by breaking locks in assistance with a maker of local and key they took with them. The two staffs were kept detained in a room. Police took video records on files and documents, he said.
He also alleged that police personnel broke the CCTV camera and turned it towards a blind spot. – Staff Reporter