BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Monday asked the home minister to clarify how Hanif Mridha, who was in Rab custody, died recently.
According to RAB, Hanif was detained on Friday for his alleged involvement in a suicide bomb blast, but later he fell sick and was admitted to hospital where he died. On the other hand, his family claimed that RAB detained Hanif on February 27.
Referring to a report on Hanif Mridha’s death, Fakhrul said: “I demand an explanation from the home minister which one is true? Is RAB telling the truth or Hanif’s family’s claim is true? If Hanif’s family’s claim is true, what kind of country we are living in today?”
The BNP leader came up with the statement at a discussion organised by National People’s Party (faction), a component of BNP-led alliance, with its chairman Fariduzzaman Farhad in the chair at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity in the capital.
He said it is the duty of the law enforcement agencies to ensure security for people and provide accurate information to the nation.
Fakhrul said many such incidents of death contradict with the claims of the family members of the deceased.
He said: “If the families’ claim is true, then can we assume that a deep-rooted conspiracy is being hatched.
“The incumbent government is using the issue of militancy for political gain and they are not sincere in unearthing the truth. They have been involved in a terrible game.”
Talking about the Prime Minister’s upcoming tour of India, the BNP secretary general said: “We want a solution to existing problems between Bangladesh and India. We want due share of the Teesta River and 54 common rivers and an end to killing along the border area. We want solution of all the problems without putting the country’s independence and sovereignty at risk.”
About the next general election, he said the country’s people are waiting for a fair election, as they think that the ‘current crisis’ can be resolved only through the election.
He also demanded a polls-time ‘helping government’ for holding a fair election. No election can be held freely and fairly under the incumbent government, he added.
Meanwhile, addressing a human chain organized by Bangladesh Shammilito Gonotantrik Jote in front of the National Press Club, BNP vice chairman Shamsuzzaman Dudu demanded deployment of army during the Comilla City Corporation elections.