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Govt helped Rana to flee: BNP

Update : 28 Apr 2013, 03:58 AM

BNP standing committee member Dr Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain yesterday accused the government of abetting the owner of Rana Plaza at Savar to flee the scene on the day of the building collapse, reported UNB.

“You [government] helped the Rana Plaza owner, Sohel Rana, to flee. He is nowhere to be found now. That his relatives have been arrested is nothing but eyewash,” he said.

The BNP leader came up with the allegation while addressing a protestrally at the National Press Club.

Shaheed Zehad Smrity Parishad organised the rally demanding unconditional release of all the opposition leaders, including BNPacting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, arrested on March 11.

Rana Plaza, an eight-storey building which housed five garment factories, collapsed on Wednesday morning killing over 350 people and injuring over a thousand.

Criticising Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her statement in parliament asserting that Sohel Ranais not a part of Jubo League,Khandaker Mosharraf said, “Her speech proves that she wants to save the Rana Plaza owner.”

The BNP policymaker also accused Home Minister Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir of trying to shift the blame onto the opposition and said he spoke like a “shameless person.

Reiterating his party’s demand for the restoration of a caretaker government system, he said, “Cracks developed in the country’s politics since they repealed the system. There’s no alternative to the reinstatement of the [poll-time] government to avoid a Savar-like catastrophe.”

In a separate programme at the club, another BNP standing committee member MK Anwar slated the prime minister and said, “She [Hasina] not only demeaned herself but also the whole nation by telling untruths inparliament. We feel ashamed of that.”

Anwar was addressing at a token-hunger programme organised by BNP’s South Keraniganj Thana unit demanding the release of BNP leaders.

The bureaucrat-turned politician, however, thanked the ruling party leaders for criticising the home minister for his unguarded remarks over the Savar building collapse.

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