'Right before the upcoming election and the end of this government's regime, a war has been declared in the country through crossfire'
The government is using law enforcers to engage in "gunfights" during anti-drug drives to defeat the opposition party in an attempt to completely abolish them, claimed Secretary General of BNP Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
He made the claims while replying to journalists' queries from his own house in Kalibari of Thakurgaon town on Wednesday morning.
Mirza Fakhrul said: "Right before the upcoming election and the end of this government's regime, a war has been declared in the country through crossfire.
"We want anti-drug drives as well," continued Fakhrul. "However, they have to be apolitical. Time and time again, we have demanded a fair trial for suspects, because the reasons the government shows for crossfire do not reflect democracy."
Talking about the Gazipur City Corporation (GCC) elections, Fakhrul further claimed: "The Superintendent of Police in Gazipur is a known Awami League member. There can be no fair and free election under him. He is destroying the election environment by arresting countless BNP activists."
Mentioning BNP's reluctance to participate in the election without Chairperson Khaleda Zia, the secretary general said: "Khaleda Zia is the leader of democracy. An election held without her will never be fair.”
"There is no sign of democracy in the country anymore," he added. "That is why, everyone should unite and try to bring democracy back to the country through the upcoming national election."