BNP terms Bhola clash planned

Announces countrywide protest for tomorrow

Staff Correspondent | Published: 14:40, Oct 21,2019 | Updated: 00:41, Oct 22,2019


BNP leaders speak at a news conference at the party’s central office in Dhaka on Monday. — New Age photo

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Monday alleged that the Sunday’s clash between police and locals in Borhanuddin upazila town of Bhola over a Facebook post having alleged derogatory comments against the Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SM) and his daughter Fatima in Bhola was a pre-planned one.

It also added that the administration was now trying to give the incident a ‘communal colour’.

Addressing a press conference at the party’s Naya Paltan office in Dhaka, BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain announced to hold a countrywide demonstration tomorrow, protesting against the killing of four people and injuring scores by ‘police firing’.

The demonstration will be held at all the thanas in the capital and in all the district towns and cities across the country, he said.

‘The four were killed and scores injured in indiscriminate firing on a protest rally by the police. Such aggressive behaviour and cruelty is unpardonable. It has become normal that police has been opening fire on people over trivial matters as they do not need to be accountable to the people,’ he said.

‘We believe that the Bhola incident is pre-planned,’ he said and demanded exemplary punishment for those responsible for creating the Bhola incident.

The Sunday’s clash left four protesters killed and scores, including police personnel, injured when a group of protesters attacked police and police opened fire on the agitating protesters, witnesses said.

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