Opposition BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed Friday claimed that the media reports on Hefazat-e-Islam Secretary General Junaid Babunagari’s confessional statement implicating the BNP and its leaders were false.
“In the police remand, Babunagari did not say anything implicating the BNP and its leaders. News published on different media regarding this are false and [merely] the government’s propaganda,” he told journalists after seeing the Hefazat leader at the city’s Birdem hospital.
Moudud, also a former law minister, alleged that Babunagari was tortured in the remand.
Asked whether the remark was his personal or Babunagari’s, the BNP leader said: “I talked to Babunagari. He told me that he did not say anything implicating BNP in the police remand. What the police said is false and fabricated.”
Moudud also said when Babunagari was arrested, he was physically fit but now his life in under threat. “His condition is bad. That is why the government was compelled to give him bail.”
He was arrested near Old Dhaka’s Dhakeshwari Temple on May 6. He was given bail in three cases on May 29.
According to media reports, Babunagari on May 21 gave a confessional statement at a Dhaka court where he said Hefazat could not control the Motijheel rally when the 18-party opposition activists engaged in mayhem, and also said the alliance financed the programme. The alliance, however, rejected the statement.