Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Saturday claimed that the ruling party with the help of law enforcement agencies has established a disruptive and fearsome situation in Rajshahi, Barisal and Sylhet cities ahead of elections.
The party alleged that that police continued raiding the houses of leaders and activists of the party and its allies, arresting and intimidating them to keep them restrained form canvassing for BNP mayoral candidates.
BNP’s senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi at two separate news briefing at the party’s central office in the evening and in the morning made the allegations.
He said voters in the three cities were passing time in a ‘suffocative’ atmosphere, saying the ruling party in cooperation of police was making various ‘tricks’ to create situation so that voters could not show up to cast their voting rights.
Rizvi claimed that police arrested about 30 leaders and activists of the party and its front organisations in Barishal since Thursday night disobeying the High Court’s directive.
Rizvi alleged that the Election Commission and the police at the directive of the government had been working to hold ‘one-sided’ polls in the three cities.
Police were not informing whereabouts of the leaders and activists of the party and its allies after arresting them, he said.
The Election Commission after so much ‘lawlessness’ is playing the role of silent spectator, Rizvi said.
Rizvi said mass arrest did not stop in Rajshahi city, saying the symptom of arrangement for rigging in favour of the ruling party mayor candidate was visible there.
There is allegation that thousands of ‘hired’ people were brought to the Rajshahi city for forcibly making victorious the candidate of boat, election of symbol of Awami League, he said.
He said police raided the houses of leaders and activists of BNP in Sylhet city on Thursday night.
Several hundred leaders and activists have had to flee their houses after cases were filed against them, Rizvi said.
BNP leaders including Taimur Alam Khandoker, Khairul Kabir Khokon, Habiur Rahman Habib and Aminul Islam were present at the briefings.
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