Claiming that BNP was not involved in violent activities during the recent student movement, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Friday alleged that the government is trying to arrest senior leaders of the party after spreading ‘fabricated’ stories.
“We strongly state that BNP was not involved in violent activities during the student movement. We demand immediate arrest of and punishment for those who carried out brutal attacks on journalists and demonstrators wearing masks and helmets in the presence of police,” he said.The BNP leader came up with the statement at a press conference at the party’s Nayapaltan central office in the capital.
“After carrying out the attacks and arresting many BNP leaders and activists across the country, the government is not feeling itself safe. They are trying to arrest senior BNP leaders through spreading fabricated stories in a bid to establish one-party autocratic rule. We urge the countrymen to remain conscious and active in this regard,” he said.
Fakhrul demanded their immediate and unconditional release of the persons who were arrested during the student movement.
He also condemned the government for its inaction to arrest the ‘Awami League men’ involved in attacks on US Ambassador Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat and residence of Shusashoner Jonno Nagorik (Shujan) secretary Badiul Alam Majumdar.
The BNP secretary general alleged that according to the decision of the ‘ruling Awami League’, the leaders and activists of the ruling party, Chhatra League, Jubo League and Sramik League wearing helmets and masks under the shelter of police carried out attacks on the students during their movement for road safety.
He trashed Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader’s comment that BNP-Jamaat activists attacked their party president’s Dhanmondi office and students, saying even any mad does not believe it.Mentioning that people from all walks of life, different political parties and social organisations even the prime minister, cabinet members and police officials extended support to the student movement for nine points, he said BNP and 20-party alliance also extended their moral support to the justified demands.
“We extended support to the student movement. If our support is an offence, then the prime minister and police officials also committed the same crime. We believe that the countrymen have already known about real information in this regard and they won’t be misguided by serial falsehood of the ruling party leaders,” he added.
About the proposed road transport act, Mirza Fakhrul demanded an amendment to the draft Road Transport Bill approved by the cabinet, in consultation with experts to ensure safe roads as per demands of the students.
“All stakeholders, except the transport owners association, turned down the draft Road Transport Bill. It won’t help fulfil the students’ demands for safe roads. There is no provision of tough punishment for killing people in transport sector or clear instruction to avoid unexpected accident in the law,” he said.