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BNP to hold protests on October 23 over Bhola incident

  • Published at 04:44 pm October 21st, 2019
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BNP Standing Committee Member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain speaks at the press conference at BNP's central office in Nayapaltan on Monday, October 21, 2019 Focus Bangla

BNP Standing Committee Member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain announced the program at BNP's central office

BNP has announced the launch of a protest program for the case of the four people who were killed in a clash between local people and police in Bhola

BNP Standing Committee Member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain said: "Protests will be held at the police station, district and metropolis of Dhaka Metropolitan City on October 23, as BNP’s initiative to protest the murders."

He announced the program at a press conference at BNP's central office in Nayapaltan around 12pm on Monday.

Asked what would be the nature of the protest program, Khandaker Mosharraf said: "Our police station leaders will understand the situation and decide the type of program. It could be a demonstration march or a demonstration rally."

The BNP leader alleged that the administration was utilizing a dirty plot to divide the people of Bhola by using communal issues saying: "After Bhola's assassination, the government and the administration will provide  statements and comments that they have expressed regret for the killing, without actually feeling any regret. And the prime minister is threatening the protesters in her natural language."

Members of the BNP standing committee at the press conference at BNP's central office in Nayapaltan on Monday, October 21, 2019 | Focus Bangla

The Bhola event was pre-planned

Claiming that the clash between local people and police in Bhola was pre-planned, Khandaker Mosharraf said: "It is not in the tradition of the country to criticize any religion or make unwanted comments about anyone's faith.

"We think that the Bhola incident was pre-planned. I demand a fair investigation and the exemplary punishment of those responsible for bleaching the city of Bhola in blood[3]."

The explanation given by the police after the incident seems to be that they knew the whole thing beforehand, Musharraf added, "So why were the police not able to handle the situation despite having so much time?

“This is because public opinion has no value to the government and the police. Their believe that people will tolerate any situation, be it murder, disappearance, or kidnapping,” he continued.

BNP Standing Committee member Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury, Iqbal Hasan Mahmud Tuku, Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi was present at the occasion.

What happened?

At least four people were killed and over 50 others injured in a clash between villagers and police over an unverified Facebook post in Borhanuddin upazila of Bhola district.

Witnesses said a group of people brought out a procession in Borhanuddin Bazar around 11am on Sunday, protesting a Facebook post of a youth, which hurt their religious sentiments.

At one stage of the procession, police fired rubber bullets to disperse the crowd when the protesters allegedly became violent. 

When contacted, Superintendent of Police Sarker Md Kayser confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune.

Witnesses said a madrasa student Mahbub, 14, and a college student Shahin, 18, died on the spot in the clash, while locals Mahfuj, 45, and Mizanur, 50, died on the way to Bhola Sadar Hospital.

Bhola Civil Surgeon Rathindranath Roy confirmed the deaths.