DB also seizes Tk4 lakh from their possession
The Detective Branch (DB) of police has detained two aids of BNP leader, Mirza Abbas, for allegedly bribing voters.
The men, identified as Shahid and Muhid, were detained from near the Barakah General hospital, in Shahjahanpur area of Dhaka, around 2pm on Monday.
Members of the DB also seized Tk4 lakh from their possession at the time.
The DB sources said the detainees were supporters of Mirza Abbas, who is contesting the 11th general election from Dhaka 8 constituency.
Confirming the matter, DB Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) (east) Atikul Islam said: “We received information that Mirza Abbas’ brother Mirza Khokon has been sending cash from abroad for election campaign expenditures.”
“A DB team went to Mirza Abbas’ residence in Shahjahanpur to look into the allegation.
“We found that some men were handing out cash to voters. We caught two of them red-handed while the rest managed to flee the scene,” he said.
Legal action would be taken against the perpetrators, Atikul added.
Reached over phone, BNP National Standing Committee member Mirza Abbas told the Dhaka Tribune: "Attacks and cases on our people are becoming not enough for them [government]. Now they are coming up with new and baseless accusations.
"Voters do not sway with Tk500 or Tk1,000. The time of buying votes is long gone. Our voters will vote for us without taking any money."
Additional reporting by Nawaz Farhin Antara