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Bhola Violence: BNP’s countrywide protest Wednesday

Bhola Violence: BNP’s countrywide protest Wednesday

Dhaka, Oct 21 (UNB) – BNP will stage protest programmes across the country on Wednesday against the killing of four people in Sunday’s violence in Bhola’s Borhanuddin upazila following a blasphemous Facebook post from a hacked account.

BNP Standing Committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain announced the programme at a press conference at the party’s Nayapaltan central office.

“We strongly condemn and protest the killing and indiscriminate firing by police on the common people of Bhola. We also demand exemplary punishment of those responsible for the incident,” he said.

In protest against the incident, the BNP leader said their party will hold protest programmes in all metropolitan cities and districts all over the country on Wednesday.

In the capital, he said their party’s all thana units will observe the protest programmes.

Replying to a question, Mosharraf said their party’s city, district and thana units leaders will decide the nature of their protest programmes based on the prevailing situation. “It can be rallies or processions.”

BNP standing committee members Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury, Iqbal Hasan Mahmud Tuku and BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi were, among others, present.

Four people were killed and about 200 others injured on Sunday in a clash between police and demonstrating locals in Borhanuddin upazila, demanding the punishment of a youth for allegedly hurting religious sentiments on Facebook.

Police and locals said messages containing derogatory remarks about Allah and Prophet Muhammad were sent to several persons from a hacked Facebook ID of Biplob Chandra Shuvo, triggering a widespread protest.