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15 September, 2018 12:49:17 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 15 September, 2018 11:17:51 AM
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BNP plans alternative stir to bypass police action

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BNP plans alternative stir to bypass police action

The BNP is looking at alternatives to traditional modes of agitation like public meetings and demonstrations in a bid to escape police action and filing of “ghost cases” against party leaders and activists in the run up to the next general election, according to party leaders. The leaders, however, did not disclose the alternative programmes and said they would be announced in due time.

They also did not disclose the deadline of the programme that the BNP wanted to launch to demand the release of party chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail, holding the polls under a neutral government after dissolving Parliament, reconstitution of the Election Commission and deployment of the Army during the polls.

They alleged that the government was desperate and therefore resorting to repressive measures against BNP leaders and activists in order to hold another “farcical election” like the one on January 5, 2014. This time, however, the government has failed to create panic among BNP leaders and activists, they said, adding that most of them were used to being implicated in false cases and arrested by now.

BNP standing committee member Dr Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain alleged that the government was plotting to create panic among opposition ranks.  “The government is afraid of the election. That’s why it wants to hold another farcical election. Sending our chairperson to jail in a false case and the ongoing arrests and filing of fabricated cases are parts of a government conspiracy,” he said.

“But the government won’t succeed this time because people have realised its intention,” he added.

Khandaker mentioned that despite police harassment and wholesome arrests, Monday’s human chain programme in front of Jatiya Press Club had turned into a public meeting. “Our party activists are becoming more resolute even as the government is taking a hardline stand. They are prepared to face all sorts of obstacles to free the country,” he said.

The BNP leader said the government could not put all of them behind bars. “We will face the situation both legally and politically. We are thinking about alternative programmes instead of holding public meetings,” he added.

BNP vice-chairman Shamsuzzaman Dudu said the government did not want to hold a free, fair and inclusive election and that’s why it wanted to “eliminate BNP” through repressive measures. He expressed surprise that when people were supposed to be released before the election, the government was filing hundreds of false cases to implicate BNP leaders and activists. “The government’s hardline stand means that it does not want the BNP to take part in the forthcoming polls,” he added.

Dudu said there was no alternative to waging a strong movement to remove the government and restore democracy in the country.

BNP joint secretary general Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal said party leaders

and activists were not afraid despite wholesome arrests and filing of thousands of cases against them. “We must not panic. The level of fear of being implicated in false cases and jailed has ended,” he said. He, however, added that they were apprehensive of becoming victims of forced disappearances and killings.

The former BNP lawmaker claimed that the government was so desperate that it even started filing cases against dead persons and those who had gone to Saudi Arabia for hajj or to other countries for treatment. Referring to the filing of cases in Naria upazila against all BNP leaders at the upazila and union levels without mentioning their names, Moazzem said it proved that the government was filing cases against all committee leaders.

Speaking at a press conference yesterday, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi alleged that at least 3,000 false cases had been filed against three lakh leaders and activists of the party and its different fronts since September 1. He further claimed that more than 3,500 leaders and activists were arrested. Of them, more than 90 BNP activists were detained in the past 24 hours, he added.

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