Bangladesh Nationalist Party senior leader Nazrul Islam Khan on Saturday alleged that the government is killing extremists instead of arresting them alive in their anti-terror drives to hush up information and avoid embarrassment.
‘We want the extremism to be completely uprooted. But, whoever is being traced is getting killed as the government fears if they remain alive and interrogated they may disclose the names of people what can be a cause of an embarrassment for it,’ he said.
Nazrul, a BNP standing committee member, came up with the allegation while addressing a protest programme at the Jatiya Press Club arranged by Desh Netri Forum, protesting the issuance of a warrant for the arrest of Tarique Rahman in a sedition case.
Eleven suspected extremists were killed in separate operations conducted by police and Rapid Action Battalion members in Gazipur and Tangail districts on Saturday.
Home minister Assaduzzaman Khan at a press briefing said law enforcers first asked the extremists to surrender but they did not respond to their call, forcing them to opened fire on the extremists.
Opposing the killing of extremists instead of capturing them alive, the BNP leader said how the government will find out the extremists’ roots and the clue to eliminate them if they are killed.
Mentioning that a few extremists can be killed during the drives, he questioned as to why all are getting killed. ‘It also raises questions in public mind.’
Nazrul urged the government to take effective steps to get rid of the extremism problem.
He said the ruling party leaders and activists are indulging in criminal activities desperately as they have a strong belief that they will not be put on trial for their offences.
Nazrul alleged that Rampal power plant is being set up for the personal benefits of some individuals, sacrificing the national interests.
The BNP leader called upon people from all walks of life to get united to ‘restore democracy’, the rule of law and protect the country’s interests.
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