BNP on Wednesday termed imaginary, strange and unfounded the Home Minister’s remark that BNP leader MA Quayum is the ‘big brother’ behind the recent killing of Italian citizen and said the party does not believe in the politics of killing, UNB reports.
“We want to equivocally state that BNP carries out its political activities in a democratic manner, and this party doesn’t believe in the politics of killing. But the government is bringing unfounded, bizarre and imaginary allegations against a few BNP leaders involving them in the murders (of two foreigners),” said BNP spokesman Asaduzzaman Ripon.
Speaking at a press briefing at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, he also said there is no a shred of truth in the allegation against BNP Dhaka city unit joint general secretary Quayum regarding a foreigner murder. “We strongly condemn and protest the government’s such attitude and remarks”
Ripon said they always register their protest against the government’s undemocratic and autocratic attitude in a democratic way. “BNP had ruled the country after assuming office with people’s mandate through free and fair elections and it wants to return to power in the same way, but not resorting to a conspiracy or through a back door.”
Replying to a question what will be their party’s position if involvement of any BNP leader is found in the murders of foreigners through a fair and impartial probe, he said as BNP does not do the politics of killing there is no chance for involvement of their any leader in the murders.
Hoshi Kunio, a Japanese citizen, was shot dead in Rangpur on October 3, while Cesare Tavella, an Italian national, gunned down in Dhaka's Gulshan area on September 28.
Twenty-eight days after the killing of Tavella, Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia on Monday told reporters that they have arrested four youths who were hired by a ‘big brother’ to kill a foreigner in the city. He, however, did not disclose the name of the big brother.
But, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan last night told different media that the big brother behind the murder Tavella is Dhaka city BNP’s joint convener and ex- DCC ward commissioner MA Quayum, now in Malaysia.
Reacting to the Home Minister’s comment, Ripon also said the government is trying to harass the BNP men and malign the party by implicating its leaders in the murders of the foreigners. “It’s nothing but an evil design of the regime to destroy BNP and take political revenge on it.”
The BNP leader feared that the real offenders will remain untouched as the government is trying to ‘falsely’ implicate their party men in the killings with a political motive.
Ripon urged the government to stop the blame game and find out the perpetrators through a free and fair investigation.