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DMP boss: BNP campaigners will not be harassed

Update : 11 Apr 2015, 08:24 PM

A team of pro-BNP lawyers yesterday discussed various issues centring on the upcoming city polls and the disappearance of Salahuddin Ahmed with the commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police.

The lawyers, led by Mahbubuddin Khokon, secretary of the Supreme Court Ainjibi Somity, went to DMP Commissioner Asaduzaman Mia’s office around 12pm.

After a one-and-half-hour meeting, BNP leader Masud Ahmed Talukdar told journalists: “We asked the DMP commissioner what measures they had taken to find the missing Salahuddin Ahmed. The DMP commissioner told us a probe body led by a joint commissioner is investigating the incident and they will file a report soon.”

Talukdar also said: “We have requested the DMP commissioner to take proper actions to stop harassment of opposition party-backed candidates. We also urged the commissioner to make sure that police personnel perform their duties neutrally. We requested him to instruct his colleagues to not make any statement that may influence the election.”

He said the DMP chief had assured them of doing everything he can to meet their demands.

Later yesterday, in a press conference at the Nayapaltan office of BNP, Mahbubuddin Khokon said the party still believed that Salahuddin was alive.

“We feel relieved after meeting the DMP commissioner. We are now hopeful that Salahuddin will be traced soon.”

He claimed that Salahuddin was in the custody of law enforcers and police are investigating the incident.

Khokon also said they had been assured by the Dhaka police chief that no BNP man will be arrested without valid reasons and police with give security if BNP wants to bring out protest rallies.

“Police will not arrest anyone without warrant and nobody will be arrested from the jail gate after getting freed,” he said.

This meeting comes on the same day that Detective Branch (DB) of DMP announced they are conducting drives to arrest the city polls aspirants facing criminal charges.

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