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BNP’s nationwide demo Saturday protesting ‘mass arrest’
BNP will stage demonstrations across the country on Saturday to protest the ‘wholesale arrest’ of common people and opposition leaders and activists in the name of a combing operation to tackle militants.
BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi announced the programme at a press briefing at party’s Nayapaltan central office on Thursday.
As part of the programme, he said Dhaka city unit BNP will stage a protest rally at the Institution of Engineers’, Bangladesh at 10am.
The other BNP units, including divisional city and district ones, will observe the programme on the same day.
Rizvi also urged the High Court to issue a suo moto rule upon the government to stop the ongoing mass arrest and extrajudicial killing.
He alleged that a wholesale arrest is going on across the country in the name of a crackdown on militants in this holy month only to suppress the government’s political opponents.
The BNP leader claimed that their party’s at least 2,682 leaders and activists have been arrested in the ongoing combing operation began on Friday. “The government is arresting common people in false cases across the country to cling to power by repressing them.”
He alleged that the law enforcers are indulging in a ‘brisk business of arrest’ by arresting innocent and common people. “I, on behalf of BNP, call upon the High Court to issue a suo moto rule asking the government to stop mass arrest and extrajudicial killing.”