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18 December, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Oikyafront not to boycott polls

EC asks police to probe attack on Dr Kamal
STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka

Jatiya Oikyafront leader and eminent jurist Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday (Monday) alleged that their candidates were not getting equal opportunities in their electoral campaigns and were instead being attacked by musclemen. “We are getting allegations from everywhere that our candidates are being attacked by muscle power while carrying out their election campaigns. The candidates are failing to bag votes or affix posters. A reign of terror is prevailing in different areas. I have not seen such an election in my life,” he said.

While talking to journalists after a meeting with the Election Commission (EC) at the Nirbachan Bhaban in the capital, Dr Hossain said, “The elections have to be held. We will not boycott the elections even if we are attacked. It seems that the government does not want us in the elections.”

Recalling the elections, he said, “I was a polling agent of Bangabandhu in the election of 1970. I did not see such a situation that only the posters of one party would be put up. We have given all details of the incidents of attacks on me, Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and Mahbub Uddin Khokon to the EC with photos. We have told the EC to take effective steps in this respect.”

“I have told the EC to investigate the matter within a day to ensure a congenial environment in the election. It is undeniable that the attacks have been carried out on our candidates and supporters,” he further said. “We have demanded effective steps by the EC to immediately stop the attacks on our candidates. The EC should ensure the environment for the elections, which is its key task. The

voting rights of the people should be ensured,” he added. Replying to a query, Dr Hossain said, “The EC has all the constitutional power. I don’t know why they are not exercising it.” He said, “After hearing our complaints, the chief election commissioner (CEC) is embarrassed. We have told him not to be embarrassed; rather, he should take stern action.”

Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary-general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, Bangabir Kader Siddiqui, ASM Abdur Rab, Mahmudur Rahman Manna, Nazrul Islam Khan, Dr Moyeen Khan, Mostafa Mohsin Montu, Jafrullah Chowdhury and others were present at the meeting with CEC KM Nurul Huda. The Jatiya Oikyafront’s leaders submitted letters to the EC highlighting the attacks on their candidates during their electoral campaign, arrests and incidents of harassment in 30 districts. They have demanded immediate investigations into the incidents to ensure a level playing field in the elections so that free and fair polling can be held, as scheduled, on December 30.

The Oikyafront, in its letter submitted to the EC, said at least 2,241 party members have been arrested so far since December 10. Four persons have been killed and 24 individuals have faced repression.

Besides, 95 cases have been filed accusing 12,133 people and 9,733 unidentified people. On the other hand, three of their party members were killed while 6,291 were arrested in 158 cases since 8 November, the day the election schedule was announced.

Meanwhile, the EC yesterday (Monday) instructed the inspector-general of police (IGP), Md Zabed Patwari, to investigate the attack on the motorcade of Dr Kamal Hossain at the Martyred Intellectuals’ Memorial in the capital.

The EC also asked the police to submit the probe report within three days after investigating the attack on the motorcade of Dr Hossain on December 14. The commission has written a letter to the IGP in this connection.

 

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