The Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Thursday came down hard on the government for mass arrest of its activists and implicating them in false charges.
Party leaders complained that prime minister Sheikh Hasina had decided to ‘eliminate’ opposition parties to hold a ‘unilateral’ election knowing her ‘shameful defeat’ if there would be a free and fair election.
BNP’s senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi at a news briefing at the party’s central office said the government started using law enforcing agencies to engineer the forthcoming election.
He claimed that so far over 1,500 leaders and activists of the party were arrested across the country in last two weeks.
1200 cases were filed accusing 11,000 mentioning names while accused about 80,000 without naming, he added.
The party’s leaders and activists had to choose hiding life leaving houses and families,.Rizvi said.
He said uniformed and plainclothes police raided the residences of BNP leaders every night saying, the law enforcers were misbehaving with family members in the name of search apart from arrest and filing of cases.
He alleged that police raided the houses of BNP’s assistant forest and environment affairs secretary Kazi Rownakul Islam, assistant health secretary Rafiqul Islam and Dhaka south unit joint secretary Abdus Sattar for arresting them.
Rizvi said police arrested more than 30 leaders and activists from Pirojpur, Natore and Meherpur districts in last 24 hours .