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BNP: Bangladesh now a ‘repressive state’

  • Published at 08:28 pm September 6th, 2018
Ruhul Kabir Rizvi
Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, BNP’s Senior Joint Secretary General at a press conference at the party’s Naya Paltan headquarters on Thursday Focus Bangla

A special court in the old Dhaka central jail on Wednesday held the trial in the Zia Charitable Trust corruption case

A senior BNP leader on Thursday said that Bangladesh has now become a “repressive state,” claiming 1,500 leaders and activists of the party were arrested and 80,000 unidentified people were accused in 1,200 cases across the country over the last two weeks.

"[Prime Minister] Sheikh Hasina has turned Bangladesh into a repressive state. The state machinery is being illegally used to suppress people's protest through brutal exercise of power," BNP’s Senior Joint Secretary General, Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, said at a press conference at the party’s Naya Paltan headquarters in Dhaka.

He said: "As far as we know, over 1,500 BNP leaders and activists were arrested around the country till now, since before the Eid.

“Around 1,200 cases have also been filed against 11,000 identified and 80,000 unidentified people over the same period."

Besides, the BNP leader alleged, law enforcers continued their raids on the houses of their party leaders and activists in different districts, reports UNB.

He said the government would not be able to cling to power using law enforcement agencies to suppress opposition.

Rizvi also said the government was not willing to hold a fair and credible national election to avoid a disgraceful defeat. "Sheikh Hasina has decided to eliminate all opposition in order to hold another voter-less unilateral election."

He said the government was holding BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in jail “unlawfully in a false case out of political vengeance.” “They have shifted the court to jail to hold a camera trial."

A special court in the old Dhaka central jail on Wednesday held the trial in the Zia Charitable Trust corruption case, following a government move which the Law Ministry said was taken due to security reasons.

Khaleda is currently serving five years in that jail for another corruption case.