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150 BNP activists sued
Police and a leader of ruling Awami League’s student front, Bangladesh Chhatra League, on Sunday night lodged two cases accusing about 150 Bangladesh Nationalist Party activists over Sunday’s ‘clash’ between AL and BNP activists at Rangpur court premises while detained Supreme Court lawyer Mainul Hosein was being produced in a defamation case.
Rangpur Metropolitan police assistant commissioner Altaf Hossain said that sub-inspector Ziaur Rhaman lodged a case with Kotwali Police Station accusing 78 BNP activists, of whom 28 named, for thwarting discharge of police duty.
BCL Rangpur city unit organising secretary Anisur Rhaman filed another case against 68 BNP activists, of whom 28 named, for attacking AL activists, he said.
He, however, denied either to name of the accused or to say whether the 28 BNP activists named by police and the BCL leader in their cases were the same.
The AC said that the police arrested ten BNP activists from different spots of the city during their overnight raids.
He also declined to say the names of the arrestees.
On Sunday at about 12:30pm, hundreds of AL leaders and activists chanted slogans against Mainul and hurled shoes, eggs, brooms and brick chips at him when he was being produced before a Rangpur court.
The atmosphere was heated up when some BNP leaders and party members who appeared in the scene to attend cases filed against them and came face to face with the AL activists. Chase and counter chase ensued.
Rangpur district BNP president Saiful Islam alleged that the cases were lodged to harass BNP activists as they went there only to appear before courts and did not get involved in any clash.
He further alleged that the AL activists created a chaotic situation in the court premises and even attacked BNP activists. ‘The cases against BNP leaders and activists are false and fabricated,’ he said.
Rights organization Ain o Salish Kendra in a statement on Monday condemned the ruling party member’s bid to assault Mainul and termed the conduct as ‘tantamount to showing contempt against the judiciary.’
At a press conference on Monday, Supreme Court Bar Association president Zainul Abedin condemned the attack on Mainul and alleged that Chhatra League and Juba League activists carried out the attack with the help of the police.
He urged to bring the attackers to book immediately.
Meanwhile Sammilito Ainjibi Samanay Parishad held an hour-long human chain in front of the court premises this noon demanding immediate arrest of the BNP-Jamaat activists who created a reign of terror in the court premises on Sunday noon.
PP Abdul Malek and Advocate Abdul Malik addressed the human chain among others.
On October 22, a human rights and NGO activist of Rangpur, Mili Maya, filed a defamation case with the Rangpur Court against Mainul for calling journalist Masuda Bhatti a ‘debauchee’ during a TV talk show on October 16.
Mainul is now facing 21 cases at different places in the country for his remark on live television.