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BNP calls Bhola incident premeditated; seeks fair probe

  • Published at 08:15 pm October 21st, 2019
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BNP Standing Committee Member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain speaks at the press conference at BNP's central office in Nayapaltan on Monday, October 21, 2019 Focus Bangla

Police and locals said messages containing derogatory remarks about Allah, and Prophet Muhammad were sent to several persons from a hacked Facebook ID of Biplob Chandra Shuvo, triggered a widespread protest

Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, BNP standing committee member, described the incident in Bhola over the fabricated Facebook messages from a hacked account as premeditated.

He was speaking at a press conference at the party’s Nayapaltan central office on Monday. 

Mosharraf said: “Like the rest of the people of the country, BNP also demands fair investigation from the government to uncover the real reasons for the blood bath.” 

“Communal harmony in our country has been a unique example since time immemorial. People here live peacefully regardless of religion, and race. Making untoward comments about a religion has not been there in the tradition of the country,” said BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, reports UNB.

Four people were killed, and about 200 others injured on Sunday in a clash between police, and demonstrating locals in Borhanuddin upazila, demanding the punishment of a youth for allegedly hurting religious sentiments on social media.

File Photo: An injured person at the clash in Borhanuddin upazila of Bhola on Sunday, October 20, 2019 |Dhaka Tribune

Police and locals said messages containing derogatory remarks about Allah, and Prophet Muhammad were sent to several persons from a hacked Facebook ID of Biplob Chandra Shuvo, triggered a widespread protest.

Describing the Bhola incident as “mass killing”, Mosharraf condemned, and protested the “killing and indiscriminate firing by the police” on the general people of the district.

He warned the government that the consequences of ignoring people cannot be good. “Don’t play anymore with the lives, and property of people. “Enough is enough. The trial for mass killing in Bhola must be held, and people’s demands be accepted.”

BNP’s countrywide protest program tomorrow

Against the backdrop of the bloodshed on Sunday, BNP has scheduled to stage protest programmes across the country tomorrow, against the killing of four people in Sunday’s violence in Bhola’s Borhanuddin upazila, following a blasphemous Facebook post from a hacked account.

Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain announced the program also at a press conference at the party’s Nayapaltan central office on Monday.

“We strongly condemn, and protest the killing and indiscriminate firing by police on the common people of Bhola. We also demand exemplary punishment of those responsible for the incident,” he said.

In the capital, he said all thana units of their party will observe the protest programmes.

Replying to a question, Mosharraf said their party’s city, district, and thana unitleaders will decide the nature of their protest programmes, based on the prevailing situation. “It can be rallies or processions.”

BNP standing committee members Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury, Iqbal Hasan Mahmud Tuku, and BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi were, among others, present.