Police on Sunday arrested Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s Rajshahi district unit general secretary Matiur Rahman Montu in connection with Tuesday’s bomb blasts at a BNP rally in Rajshshi that left three, including a private television journalist, injured.
RMP police commissioner AKM Hafiz Akter at a press conference in his office told reporters that they had arrested Matiur from his residence for intentionally exploding three bombs at his party’s election rally.
He said that the arrest was made after seizing the audio clip of a Thursday conversation between Montu and BNP’s central leader Taiful Islam Tipu, which ‘made it clear’ that Matiur was involved in hurling the crude bombs on BNP election campaign.
Last Tuesday, some masked men riding on motorcycles threw three crude bombs at the election rally organised by the party’s student front Bangladesh Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal at Sagarpara in the city in favour of BNP’s mayoral candidate Mosaddek Hossain Bulbul.
After the incident, both BNP and the ruling Awami League were blaming each other for the attack.
BNP candidate Bulbul, talking to New Age, alleged that AL had prepared the audio clip and handed it over to police to implicate BNP activists.
AL mayoral candidate AHM Khairuzzaman Liton trashed the allegation and said that the incident revealed BNP’s plot to taint AL’s image.
RMP police commissioner AKM Hafiz Akter said that they had first arrested Himel, one of the attackers, from Bosepara in the city and his statement led to the arrest of the BNP leader.
In the audio clip which the police commissioner claimed to be a verified one, Montu was heard telling Natore-based BNP leader Tipu that the bomb blasts at the BNP rally was carried out by their activists.
The police officer remarked that BNP leaders carried out the attack to get public sympathy ahead of the city election.
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