BNP leaders of Khulna on Saturday threatened that they would paralyse the district if the killers of the district unit organising secretary, Sardar Alauddin Mithu, are not arrested soon and given exemplary punishment.
They alleged that the government, with the help of police and other law enforcing agencies, started a killing mission against BNP leaders throughout the country targeting the next general election.
They made the comments in a rally at the district unit BNP office in Khulna city during a hartal protesting the murder of Mithu.
BNP's Khulna city unit President SM Shafiqul Alam and the party's central Organising Secretary Nazrul Islam Manju, among others, addressed the rally.
Mithu was gunned down with one of his bodyguards by unidentified assailants at his office on Thursday night in the city.
The six-hour strike starting from 6am across the district, however, ended without any untoward incident. A black flag procession was also brought in the city during the strike.
Shops and markets were shut but the traffic appeared unaffected during the strike.
Meanwhile, Mithu's wife Jobaida Khan Suravi in a press meet on Saturday said they were feeling insecure immensely ever since the double murder.
“We are not safe even at our home. They [assailants] carried out the killing mission inside Mithu's office and then disappeared safely,” she said.
“The killers now may attack and kill the rest of my family members inside our house,” she continued, expressing her frustration over nobody getting arrested after the murders.
At the media briefing, Mithu's younger brother Raj Sardar said: “We do not know whether my brother will get justice since nobody was arrested as yet.”