Opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Monday demanded that the Awami League government should take effective steps to stop killing of Bangladeshis along the border with India by its Border Security Force.
The BNP on the day observed a ‘black-flag programme’ countrywide protesting against the border killing by the BSF.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, at a press conference at the party chairperson’s Gulshan office, said that the Indian BSF was killing Bangladeshis along the border regularly.
‘We want an end to the border killing by the BSF and demand effective steps of the Awami League government for stopping such killings,’ Fakhrul said.
He said that BNP leaders and activists wore black batches and black dresses in protest against the border killing.
Fakhrul said that from 1972 till Sunday, the number of Bangladeshis killed by BSF firings had been 1,510, of which 439 have been killed since 2008.
He said that such border killings were against the humanity and violation of the United Nation charter.
‘We are not against people and any government of India but we want to ensure safety of our people,’ Fakhrul said.
He criticised foreign minister AK Abdul Momen for his comments on the border killing by the BSF, saying that the minister tried to defend the Indian government.
He said that the Awami League government had also failed to resolve the river water sharing disputes, including the one over the River Teesta, Fakhrul said.
The government has failed to resolve Rohingya crisis also, he said.
Fakhrul criticised Indian authorities for detaining BNP standing committee member Salauddin Ahmed for a long time.
If anybody breaks the law of a country, he or she should be punished according to the law but Salauddin’s case has not been finalised for years, he said.
The BNP on Monday hoisted black flags at its central office at Naya Paltan, Gulshan office and party offices in districts and cities across the country.
Centrally, the BNP formed a human chain in front of the central office where senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi spoke.
Fakhrul, at the press briefing, also disclosed the resolutions of the party’s standing committee meeting held virtually on Saturday with acting party chairman Tarique Rahman in the chair.
The BNP has announced countrywide demonstration programmes for December 30 to mark the second anniversary of ‘farcical’ national elections held on December 30 in 2018, he said.
The party will hold demonstrations at the district level at 11:00am to press home its demand for fresh national elections under a neutral government.
The Dhaka city unit of the party will hold a rally in front of the National Press Club at 11:00am, Fakhrul said.
Replying to a question about the show cause notices given to two vice-chairmen of the party, Fakhrul said that the issue had not been raised before the party standing committee meeting so far.
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