BNP alleges over 2200 arrested despite PM’s assurance

Prothom Alo English Desk | Update:

BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi. File PhotoThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Thursday alleged that over 2,200 leaders and activists of the party were arrested in the last three days though prime minister Sheikh Hasina during the talks assured of bringing an end to it, reports UNB.

"During the talks with Oikya Front leaders, the prime ministers promised that no more new cases would be filed, no new arrest would be made and steps would be taken to release the real political prisoners. But the Prime Minister's assurances didn't work," said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.

Speaking at a press conference at the party's Naya Paltan central office, he also alleged that the BNP leaders and activists were arrested over the last three days by conducting a combing operation centring the Oikya Front's Suhrawardy Udyan rally.

"As per the information we've received so far over 2,200 leaders and activists of our party were arrested across the country during the period."

Rizvi said from former MPs to their presidents and secretaries of different districts and metropolitan cities were among the arrestees.

The BNP leader alleged that their party's over a thousand leaders, activists and supporters were arrested on their way back home from the rally, and some were released after extracting money while many were not freed even after taking bribe.

Besides, he said, their thousands of leaders and activists are passing through inhuman life away from their houses due to continuous raids by police.

Rizvi questioned whether the talks with the Oikya Front leaders was a trap of deception as opposition leaders and activists are being arrested widely after the prime minister's commitment of not doing so.

He also presented a list of their party's arrested leaders and activists across the country, including the capital.

The BNP leader strongly protested and condemned the arrest and demanded their immediate release.

A coalition of opposition Jatiya Oikya Front, led by eminent jurist Dr Kamal Hossain, staged a public rally at Suhrawardy Udyan on Tuesday to push for its seven-point demand aiming to hold a fair and participatory parliamentary election, likely to be held in the latter part of December.

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