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BNP protests death of JCD leader

Bhola BNP calls hartal for today

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 4 August, 2022 12:00 AM
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Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) strongly protested and condemned the death of bullet-wounded Nure Alam, president of Bhola district unit of the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD).

The local unit of the party has called a dawn to dusk hartal in protest against the death of the Chhatra Dal leader.

BNP said Nure Alam suffered bullet wounds in a clash with police in Bhola town on Sunday during a demonstration of the party in protest against the load-shedding and "mismanagement" in the energy sector.

Nure Alam died three days after a member of Swechchasebak Dal died

 on the spot in the clash with police on Saturday. Local party sources said he left behind his wife and a five-year-old daughter.

The critically wounded Chhatra Dal leader was later rushed to the Comfort Diagnostic Centre in the capital on the same day. He had been on life support at the hospital.

Nure Alam succumbed to his injuries at around 3:15 pm on Wednesday.

The first namaz-e-janaza of the Chhatra Dal leader was held in front of the BNP central office in Naya Paltan in the capital in the evening.

Bhola district unit of the BNP has called a dawn-to-dusk hartal in the district on Thursday to protest the death of the Chhatra Dal leader Nure Alam.

The strike will be observed from 6 am to 6 pm in the district on the day, BNP’s Bhola unit Joint General Secretary Humayun Kabir Sopan told reporters.

BNP senior leaders, including its Secretary General, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, and other leaders and activists were present there. Several hundred party men also staged a demonstration in protest against the killing of Nure Alam and Abdur Rahim in front of the party headquarters.

In protesting the ‘killing’ of the Chhatra Dal leader, Mirza Fakhrul, in a written statement, alleged that the government has launched a culture of fear through the decision of ‘killing’ people in demonstrations.

"The government has to shoulder its responsibility. The government is taking revenge against the people by introducing misrule. The law enforcers have been given the order to carry out indiscriminate attacks on BNP and take life," he added.

The BNP secretary general also alleged that firing gunshots by law enforcers, leaving deaths at the party’s demonstration programme in Bhola, is a part of the government’s evil plan.

"The killing of Shechchasebak Dal leader Abdur Rahim took place on July 31 and Nure Alam’s death today were well planned killing incidents in a bid to divert people’s attention elsewhere from serious economic crises including crises of electricity, fuel, and fertilizer," he said.

Mirza Fakhrul alleged that two strong leaders of the BNP were killed in a bid to stop the opposition’s "democratic" movement. "These killing incidents by the police will strengthen people’s strength and will intensify the government’s fall."

As part of the BNP’s countrywide demonstration programme protesting load shedding and mismanagement in the power sector, the party men gathered in front of their district office in Bhola on July 31.

The clash ensued as police obstructed them from staging demonstrations at Kalinath Roy Bazar. Later, police allegedly fired bullets and lobbed tear gas shells that left Abdur Rahim dead and some other leaders and activists of the party injured.

The BNP on Tuesday formed a 10-member committee led by its standing committee Gayeshwar Chandra Roy to investigate the Bhola clash incident during the party’s demonstrations.