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1 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 1 February, 2018 03:17:54 AM
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Attackers were intruders: BNP

STAFF REPORTER

The BNP yesterday claimed that its activists were not involved in Tuesday's attack on the police. It expressed suspicion that outsiders might be responsible for the incident around the High Court area.

“We don’t know the identities of the attackers. We suspect that outsiders were involved with the incident,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.

The BNP leader was speaking at a press conference at the party's central office at Naya Paltan. The event was organised to register protest against the mass arrest of party leaders and activists, including BNP standing committee member Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, hours after Tuesday's incident.

Fakhrul accused the government of trying to tarnish the image of the BNP. He claimed his party was trying to do peaceful politics.

He termed the arrest of Goyeshwar Chandra Roy as an ominous sign, saying that law enforcers had not acknowledged the arrest of the party leader at night.

“The government has arrested the activists at a time when people are waiting for a free, fair and peaceful election. It's been done to keep the BNP out of the election process,” he noted. Fakhrul alleged that tsenior BNP leaders were being arrested with political motivation. "No protest programme has yet been announced. But the government has been conducting drives to arrest our leaders and activists. It's destroying the stable situation in the country," he said.   

The BNP leader expressed fear that the government would hold a lopsided election by keeping the party out of the election process.

He condemned the police drive at the residences of some BNP leaders, including its standing committee member Jamiruddin Sircar, vice-chairman Abdul Mannan and city BNP leader Habibunnabi Khan Sohel on Tuesday night.

He demanded immediate release of the arrested party leaders including Goyeshwar Chandra Roy.

A number of BNP leaders and activists had gathered around the High Court area on Tuesday to express solidarity with party chairperson Khaleda Zia, whom earlier on the day, had appeared before a Dhaka court at Bakshibazar in connection with the Zia Charitable Trust graft case.

The police claimed that the BNP activists had thrown brickbats at them when Khaleda was returning from the court. Four policemen were injured in the incident.

The BNP activists had also vandalised police vehicles in front of the High Court and snatched two of their activists from a prison van, the law enforcers alleged.

Police arrested Goyeshwar Chandra Roy from Gulshan on Tuesday night and filed two cases in this connection yesterday morning.

BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, Goyeshwar’s daughter Arpona Roy, daughter-in-law Nipun Roy Chowdhury and Abdus Salam Azad were present at the press conference.

 

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