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BNP demands judicial probe into UGC official’s death

Update : 02 Oct 2015, 08:30 PM

The BNP has demanded a judicial investigation into the death of a University Grants Commission official who died while in the custody of the Rapid Action Battalion.

Omar Siraj, a UGC assistant director arrested in connection with the alleged leak of medical college admission test questions, was being questioned by the elite force in a two-day remand when he started feeling chest pain on Thursday. He died after being taken to the NICVD hospital.

“This sort of death is abnormal and concerning. We demand judicial investigation of this abnormal death,” Asaduzzaman Khan, international affairs secretary of the party, told journalists at a press briefing at party’s Nayapaltan headquarters yesterday.

Condemning the police “attack” on medical college aspirants, the BNP leader urged law enforcers to be kind to the demonstrators. “You have children who are their age. So be kind to them. Cruel behaviour against them cannot be accepted in any way.”

Also extending support to the student movement, Ripon said: “If there is no incident of question leak, then why were people arrested?”

On another note, the BNP leader alleged that hajj pilgrims were facing difficulties upon their return to Bangladesh.

“They had to wait from two to fifteen hours at the airport. Many alleged that they were not given a single bottle of water during that time. If there is any schedule problem, it is the responsibility of the airlines authority to take care of them. Biman Bangladesh has completely failed to do so.”

Ripon also blamed the Bangladesh ambassador to Saudi Arabia of failing to carry out his responsibilities. “Hajj Mission officials could not stand beside the injured hajis in Saudi Arabia,” he said.

Responding to a query on Saudi Arabia’s hajj mismanagement, Ripon said: “Saudi authority’s hajj management is unique. But those who were there can say better. Government and embassy can also say better.”

The BNP also announced a doa mahfil for those who were killed and injured during the Mina stampede. 

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