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1,200 arrested in govt crackdown: BNP

DMP bans rallies on Feb 8
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1,200 arrested in govt 
crackdown: BNP
Policemen ask a commuter to get off from his vehicle as they conduct thorough searches of both public and private transports in the capital yesterday as part of beefed-up security measures, apparently to thwart any mass demonstration centering the verdict in a graft case against BNP chief Khaleda Zia on February 8. Focus Bangla photo

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) yesterday alleged that law enforcement agencies have become belligerent with BNP leaders and activists to fulfill the wish of the head of the government. Over 1,200 BNP leaders and activists have been arrested across the country centring BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s verdict scheduled for Thursday. The BNP's senior joint secretary general, Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, came up with the claim while talking to reporters at the party's Nayapaltan central office. The Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) on Tuesday imposed a ban on processions and carrying of sharp weapons, explosives, flammable materials with a view to averting any untoward incident in Dhaka on February 8.

Habib-un-Nabi Khan Sohel has been picked up by the police and they do not know Sohel’s whereabouts, Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said. Sohel, president of the Dhaka (South) BNP, escorted party chief Khaleda Zia on her way to Sylhet on Monday, and he was arrested from his Malibagh residence yesterday.

Rizvi protested against the detention of Sohel and demanded his immediate release. Sohel stands accused in three cases started over attacks on the police led by "BNP activists" outside the High Court on January 30. The BNP claims the attackers were "infiltrators" and did not belong to the party.

Regarding countrywide arrests, the BNP leader said: “The government has turned Bangladesh into an ideal police state. The police and ruling party activists jointly beat up BNP men who had gathered on the roadside to welcome Khaleda Zia on her way to Sylhet.”

He alleged that the government made the police department powerful enough to stop a competitive election in a democracy-less country.

“It seems that the government has fixed the verdict in the BNP chairperson’s case. Acting on baseless fears, the government is bulldozing the opposition, using police force on BNP leaders and activists,” Rizvi claimed. He alleged that over 1,200 BNP leaders and activists have been arrested across the country, including Dhaka, Chittagong, Bogra, Feni, Rangamati, Mymensingh, Dinajpur, Narsingdi, Gazipur, Brahmanbaria and Moulvibazar districts. Among others, the police arrested BNP joint

secretary Habib-un-Nabi Khan Sohel, Shahbagh thana Swechasebak Dal unit president Iqbal Hasan, 14 BNP men in Moulvibazar, including Rajnagar upazila BNP general secretary Sundar Box, publicity secretary Jaglu, Bogra Sadar upazila BNP general secretary advocate Mahbubul Alam Shahin, Kahalu upazila BNP senior joint convener Tofazzal Hossain Azad, district Jubo Dal former organizing secretary Amirul Islam, Rangamati zila BNP president Shah Alam, district assistant organising secretary Shahid Chowdhury, publicity secretary Abul Hossain, Jubo Dal president Syful Islam Shakil, general secretary Ilias, Bashkhali poura Swechasebak Dal general secretary Abdullah Al Mobin, Koshba upazila’s Kharora UP BNP general secretary Mizanur Rahman, ward BNP president Abu Hanif and Pabna  Swechasebak Dal president Monwar Hossain Shamim.

The DMP Commissioner, Asaduzzaman Miah, has imposed a ban on processions and carrying of sharp weapons, explosives, flammable materials under sections 28 and 29 of the DMP Ordinance .

In a statement, he said they have gathered information based on detective branch inputs, print, electronic and social media reports that a section of people may create anarchy centering around a verdict of a certain case.

“It is essential to ensure discipline, peace and public safety in DMP areas. The ban will begin on Thursday morning at 4:00am and will continue until further orders,” he said in the statement.

On January 25, a special court in Dhaka fixed February 8 to announce the verdict in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case filed against Khaleda, her son Tarique Rahman and four others.

 

 

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