Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has demanded that the government repeal the Digital Security Act (DSA) immediately.
“Digital Security Act must be cancelled immediately. All of those who have been arrested under the law will also have to be released immediately,” he said.The BNP leader came up with the statement while speaking at a protest rally in front of Jatiya Press Club in the capital on Thursday.
BNP’s Dhaka north and south units arranged the programme demanding cancelation of the act and protesting against defaming party founder Ziaur Rahman, the decision to revoke his gallantry award, the death of writer Mushtaq Ahmed and journalist Mujakkir.
Mirza Fakhrul said that the government has passed such ‘horrible law’ only to prolong their stay in power.
He alleged that freedom of expression now no longer exists.
The BNP leader claimed that around 700 people have already been subjected to torture using the DSA.
“Cartoonist Ahmed Kishore is one of them. We demand abolition of this black law and justice for Mushtaq Ahmed and the journalist (Mujakkir).”He also demanded reforms of the election commission and a fresh general election under an election-time neutral government.
“The election commission which has destroyed the entire electoral system has to resign and new election commission will have to be formed immediately,” the BNP secretary general said.
Fakhrul further said that the incumbent government has to step down and transfer power to a neutral government in order to establish a people’s government by holding a fair election.