Opposition faces wave of arrests in fictitious cases: Fakhrul

Staff Correspondent | Published: 17:22, Jun 06,2020 | Updated: 01:13, Jun 07,2020


A New Age file photo of Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir

Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday alleged that the country was witnessing a wave of arrests of opposition party leaders and activists in false and fictitious cases as government was trying to stop dissenting voices amid the world coronavirus pandemic.

The BNP leader made the allegation in a statement protesting against the arrest of BNP leader Mahmuda Poly Akhter of Saturia in Manikganj under digital security act and Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal leader Sazzad Hossain of Chandanaish in Chattogram on allegation of spreading rumour.

Condemning the arrests, the BNP leader termed the government as anti-people and alleged that it was lodging false and fictitious cases against both male and female leaders and activists of BNP and its front and associate organisations and arresting them to harass the opposition activists so that none could raise voice amid coronavirus pandemic.

He alleged that the government fears criticism as it is in fear for its ‘illegal entity’.

Fakhrul said that the infection and deaths in COVID-19 was increasing due to government’s failure and that coronavirus infected patients were not getting treatment and infected ones were dying even in roads while travelling from one hospital to another.

‘Jobless people are groaning for hunger. A shadow of famine has spread across the country,’ he said, alleging that the government was not tackling the situation collectively but using the state mechanism inhumanly.

Terming the arrests inhumane and cowardice, he demanded immediate withdrawal of the cases against Mahmud and Sazzad.

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