Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Monday alleged that law enforcers once again started mass arrest of the party leaders and activists across the country in the name of special operation to hide the government’s recent failures and double standards.
The party’s senior joint secretary general, Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, at a news briefing at BNP central office in Dhaka said without any issue or movement or any reason law enforcers started mass arrest saying uniformed and plainclothes police unleashed violence to the houses of leaders and activists of BNP.
Failing to get the leaders and activists, the law enforcers harassed and humiliated their family members, he said adding that even they did not spare their children.
Rizvi said in last few days police arrested the party’s Dhaka city leaders of ward no-9 Shamsuddin Bakul and Mohammad Harun from the city , 189 leaders and activists in Jamalpur, 41 in Satkhira, over 100 in Jhenaidah and Meherpur, 39 in Bagerhat, and 15 leaders and activists of BNP-led alliance in Tongi.
He also mentioned arrest, harassment and repression of police in special operations in different areas in the country including in Sirajganj, Bogra, Gaibandha, Chuadanga and Mymensingh.
He asked the police to stop such repressions.
Rizvi mentioned the major reasons for the combing operation of police included to hide its double standard policy reflected through move to build up intimate relation with Hefajat-e-Islam for vote politics, divert public anger created following recent ‘failed’ visit of prime minister Sheikh Hasina to India and to hide the government’s over all failure to tackle the flash flood situation in Haor areas.
He said it was being heard that disease epidemic broke out among aquatic animals in haor areas after wastages of uranium mine in the upstream flooded by heavy showers of rain.
The BNP leader questioned investigation carried out by the government to this end saying it stated that there was no radioactivity in flood water without testing the water.
Because, people did not trust any report of this government, Rizvi said.
At the briefing Rizvi said the party formed 51 teams comprising of the standing committee members, party’s national executive committee leaders and the party chairperson’s advisory council.
The teams would hold meetings with grassroots leaders and activists at its 75 organisational units across the country to strengthen the organizational activities.
BNP leaders including Ataur Rahman Dhali, Khairul Kabir Khokon, Habib-un-Nabi Khan Sohel and Abdus Salam Azad, among others, were present at the briefing.
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