Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Monday alleged that the wives of ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) leaders are building a ‘Begum Palli’ in Canada.
“Corruption has no boundaries in the country today. It is the same as in the past when the Maratha cavalry would attack and plunder ruthlessly. AL in power means plundering like the Marathas,” alleged Mirza Fakhrul.
He was speaking at a discussion organised by Jatiya Party (Zafar) at the capital’s Institution of Diploma Engineers, Bangladesh (IDEB), marking its 31st founding anniversary.
The BNP leader alleged that ‘Begum Palli’ (residential quarters with houses owned by wives) is being built in Canada.
“I hear that the wives of ruling party leaders are building houses there, in Singapore, Bangkok and Malaysia.”
The BNP secretary general said the names of some very influential peoples appeared in the Panama Papers recently. “Deposits by Bangladeshis in the Swiss banks have gone up a multiple times over. What does this indicate?”
Mirza Fakhrul said the country is going through critical times. “The country never went through such bad times in the past.”
Making a call to build national unity in the interests of the country, the BNP leader said, “None is safe today. Who led the land grabbing of Gaibandha Santal people? It is the local AL MP and AL leaders. I saw the video of law enforcement persons setting fire [to the Santal houses]. Where will the people go [for justice]?”
He went on saying, “No protest is lodged when border killings happen, when the body of Felani hangs over the border fence and when Bangladesh is deprived of Teesta water. But gunshots are fired whenever the opposition speaks out.”
Fakhrul said, “Killing people in crossfire is making headlines of the newspaper every day. When the court allows remand for some, it is called judicial custody, but I wonder if they [people in judicial custody] are killed, too.”
He said he does not know whether the investigation of any one arrested on charges of militancy has been completed. “They are killed before the investigation. What do this indicate? Who is doing this and why?” he asked.