Jatiya Party former chief HM Ershad’s son and lawmaker Rahgir Al Mahi Shad Ershad and Rangpur City Corporation mayor and the party’s Rangpur city president Mostafizur Rahamn Mostafa were at loggerheads over the arrest of local JP leader Tipu Sultan Titu on allegation of assaulting the lawmaker and his wife on Tuesday night at Ershad’s residence Palli Nibash in the city.
Both the MP and the city mayor staged separate press conference on Wednesday noon in this regard.
City mayor Mustafizur Rahman Mostafa in a press conference at central road JP party office of the city at about 12:30pm said that Shad Ershad did not give any importance to the local party leaders and activists after being elected MP.
He alleged that the MP created a group with a section of opportunists.
On Tuesday night, JP ward No 27 unit general secretary Tipu Sultan went to meet the MP at Palli Nibash to get a signature on a DO letter but the MP tore the letter up without signing it and handed him over to the police.
Mustafizur said that Tipu was a dedicated JP activist and demanded his unconditional release within 24 hours.
Later, JP activists led by city mayor brought out a demonstration in the city demanding unconditional release of Tipu sultan.
Shad Ershad, on the other hand, met the journalists at the Palli Nibash residence in the city at about 2:00pm and said that some of the local leaders did not want Ershad’s ancestors to do politics after his death.
‘They wanted me to behave according to their wishes. Tipu Sultan and his associates, numbering around forty, tried to assault me and my wife on Tuesday night as I refused to sign a DO letter. They scolded my wife by hurling abusive words and ransacked the furniture of the guest room of the residence,’ he said.
Officer-in-charge of Tajhat police station Rukonuzzaman said that Shad Ershad filed a general diary on Tuesday night.
‘We picked up Tipu Sultan based on the MP’s complain but we have not yet shown him as arrested,’ he added.
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