Around ten leaders and activists of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) including its secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir were reportedly hurt as police charged baton on their procession in the capital on Saturday.
BNP leader Aminul Haque and Chhatra Dal leaders Omar Farook Kaiser and Saiful Islam Tuhin were also injured in the incident.BNP leaders alleged that leaders and activists of Dhaka city unit BNP, Jubo Dal and Chhatra Dal brought out a procession from Mirpur-6 area and marched towards Mirpur 11. Suddenly the procession was stopped by the police. Police used batons to disperse the procession.
Talking to reporters later, Rizvi said they brought out the procession in a peaceful manner demanding their chairperson’s release as she is very sick.
“It’s not an anti-government procession, but police suddenly attacked and charged batons to foil it. Many of our leaders and activists, including me, were injured,” he claimed.
However, Mostak Ahmed, deputy commissioner (Mirpur Division) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), told newsmen that they did not attack the procession as BNP leaders and activists themselves left the spot seeing police.
Meanwhile, in a written statement, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir alleged that police charged baton on the procession brought out by BNP men in Mirpur leaving some of their party men injured.
He claimed that some BNP leaders including Rizvi Ahmed, Aminul Haque, Chhatra Dal leaders Kazi Rownokul Islam Srabon, Omor Faruq Kawser and Saiful Islam Tuhin were injured in the police action.“Creating fear among people, the Awami League government is involved in deep conspiracy to come to the power again in illegal way. The Awami League government has turned into more and more monster,” Mirza Fakhrul said.
He also protested and condemned the alleged ‘attack’ by police on BNP procession.