Hitting back at the ruling party, BNP on Monday alleged that Awami League has a connection to the knife attack on Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) Prof Muhammed Zafar Iqbal.
"A question has arisen in the public mind - how did a youth dare to stab prominent writer Zafar Iqbal in his back and head despite significant security on the university campus? How is this possible without state or government backing?" BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said.
Speaking at a press briefing at the party's Naya Paltan central office, he claimed:"The man arrested over the incident is connected only to Awami League. This connection has become clear with the identity of the attacker. Only Awami League can carry it out.”
On Sunday, Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader said the attack on Dr Zafar Iqbal was conducted by BNP-sponsored conspirators.
"It's true the attack is part of a plot, and BNP is patronising the conspirators," he said while distributing leaflets in the city's Gulistan area for Awami League's scheduled public rally at Suhrawardy Udyan on March 7.
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Refuting Quader's comment, Rizvi said the ruling party general secretary has been making “unusual and inconsistent” comments to malign BNP and cover up Awami League’s misdeeds.
He added that the attack on the SUST professor resembled the Chhatra League and Jubo League knife attack on Nur Hossain Babul in Natore and tailor Biswajit Das in Dhaka.
The BNP leader further claimed that the people of Bangladesh believe the attempt on Prof Zafar Iqbal’s life was made in an attempt to divert attention away from the imprisonment of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
“We think the knife attack on Zafar Iqbal was a result of Awami League’s terror politics,” Rizvi said.
The BNP senior joint secretary general also alleged that it was a political tradition of Awami League to shift blame onto others after carrying out bloody incidents to mislead people, but such a tactic would fail as people are aware of them.+