Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has defended police action on BNP demonstrations, saying that if their protest plans cause public suffering then law enforcers would have to do their duties.
He reiterated that the government did not impede peaceful protests by the party.
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“But if anybody does anything which exacerbates public suffering, our law enforcers will do what is required,” he told reporters after a meeting of the law and order coordination committee at Barura Upazila Parishad Auditorium in Comilla on Saturday.
Also on Saturday, police foiled a black flag program by BNP in front of the party's Naya Paltan headquarters, and detained a number of party leaders and activists.
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On BNP's criticisms levelled against the police action, the minister said: “It was necessary to save the area in Dhaka from public suffering.”
Comilla Deputy Commissioner Md Jahangir Alam and Superintendent of Police Md Shah Abid Hossain were present at the meeting, along with other senior officials of the local administration and the ruling Awami League.
This article was first published on banglatribune.com