The government is arresting party leaders and activists at random, the senior BNP leader says
A senior BNP leader has said that the government has launched a large scale arrest drive against the party ahead of the upcoming national election.
BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said at a press conference at the party’s Nayapaltan headquarters on Friday that BNP leaders and activists were being arrested at random in the middle of the day and then being framed for various cases.
“It is like a medieval witch hunt; being taken from their own houses,” he said.
“BNP chief Khaleda Zia has been imprisoned in a false case. There is uncertainty about the upcoming elections, and the people are seething for a strong mass movement,” he added.
Rizvi named 27 party leaders who he said had been arrested across the country on Thursday and claimed that more are being targeted.
Rizvi also claimed that BNP was framed in the August 21 grenade attack solely to destroy the image of the party and to create sympathy for the Awami League. He said, setting the date of the verdict for the case before the upcoming election was also politically influenced.
“In the grenade attack case on August 21, BNP acting chairperson Tarique Rahman had filed a supplementary charge sheet during the judicial proceedings, covering the reality of the incident. He was then victimized by a trickery of the legal process,” he added.
The senior politician also said that in a country where “the Chief Justice is required to leave the country at gunpoint, the people know very well what justice will be done against the BNP leaders.”
“Even before the announcement of the verdict, the prime minister and other ministers said that BNP will be in greater danger after the verdict of the grenade attack on August 21,” Rizvi said.
“This means there is enough reason to suspect that the verdict on August 21 is being dictated by the government,” he added.
Rizvi also said that people of the country will not allow a one-sided election.