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HC: No harassment of BNP men in Khulna till election ends

  • Published at 01:34 am May 15th, 2018
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The court has also issued a rule asking the government to explain the mass arrest of BNP leaders and activists in Khulna.

The High Court on Monday asked law enforcement officers not to arrest or harass any BNP leaders and activists in Khulna until the Khulna City Corporation election ends.

The court said no arrest can be made in violation of the previous Appellate Division order in this regard.

The bench of Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Md Ashraful Kamal passed the order following a petition filed by BNP Vice Chairperson Mohammad Shahjahan.

Barrister Moudud Ahmed stood for the petitioner while Deputy Attorney General Motahar Hossain Saju represented the state.

The court also issued a rule asking the government to explain the mass arrest of BNP leaders and activists in Khulna and election campaigners in defiance of Appellate Division directives.

The Election Commission, home secretary, inspector general of police, Khulna Metropolitan Police commissioner and Khulna’s superintendent of police have been made respondents to the rule.

Moudud said: "The arrest of BNP leaders and activists made by the law enforcers is not legal and the arrests have been made in violation of the Supreme Court order. Those who are involved in it are not maintaining the law.”

There is a guideline in the Supreme Court directives regarding mass arrests, he said.

The Khulna city polls is scheduled to be held on Tuesday. A total of five mayoral candidates, 148 general councillor and 38 reserved-seat female councillor candidates are in the electoral race.