Reported on: June 15, 2012 19:52 PM
Reported in: Politics
Dhaka, June 15 (UNB) – BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul on Friday said the government arrested the opposition leaders as part of its ill-tactic to suppress their ongoing movement demanding restoration of the caretaker government system.
“This is unprecedented to arrest national leaders in false cases…it (govt) has released some of the leaders and then rearrested some of them at the jail gate. This is how the government is destroying democracy,” Fakhrul said in his first press briefing following his release from jail after a month.
Thirteen opposition leaders, including Mirza Fakhrul, were released from different jails in Dhaka and Gazipur on Thursday, hours after a Dhaka court granted them bail until July 26 in a case for twin blast incidents at the secretariat.
The other freed leaders are Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, ASM Hannan Shah, Ruhul Kuddus Talukder Dulu, Sadeque Hossain Khoka, Amanullah Aman, Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, Shawkat Hossain Nilu, Kamruzzaman Ratan, Habib Un Nabi Khan Sohel, Saiful Alam Nirob, Sharafat Hossain Sofu and Sultan Salahuddin Tuku.
About the current movement, Fkahrul said the government is creating such issues so that the opposition is left with no option but to carry on the movement.
He went on: “Our movement is on the right track…there’s nothing to get us wrong seeing our two-month long movement…we haven’t retreated. We’ve given the government two months’ time so that good sense prevails upon them.
On the caretaker government issue, the BNP leader said, “The day is not far away when the government will be compelled to accept the demand. The sooner the government will sit in a dialogue the better for it.”
Asked about Rohingyas trying to take refuge in Bangladesh amid sectarian violence in neighbouring Myanmar, he said, “The government should look into the matter with a humanitarian ground.”
Sought comments on quitting of BNP by Barrister Nazmul Huda, Fakhrul said, “He is a senior person….I would like to refrain from making any comment in this regard.”