BNP protesting Ilias disappearance
Posted on Thursday, May 10, 2012 | No Comments
The BNP-led 18-party alliance is staging demonstrations in every divisional and district headquarters including capital Dhaka to press home its demands including return of its missing leader M Ilias Ali.
The other demands include withdrawal of the "false cases" filed against top leaders of the alliance, including BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, unconditional release of the arrested leaders and public security through an end to "abduction, killing and torture."
In Dhaka, the demonstration and rally will be held in front of BNP central office in Nayapaltan around 3:00pm.
The alliance is scheduled to announce next agitation programme from the rally.
On May 6, BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed made the announcement at a press conference at the party's central office at Nayapaltan in the capital.
During the briefing, the BNP leader also threatened to go for tougher movement if their demands were not met within this period.
Moudud alleged that panic gripped people due to an increasing number of abductions and killings. "The ongoing agitation will turn into an oust-government movement if it fails to give back Ilias Ali," he said while addressing a rally at Nayapaltan on May 2.
Former lawmaker and BNP Organising Secretary M Ilias Ali went missing around midnight of April 17.
The main opposition claims that the law enforcement agencies had picked him up.
The government, however, refutes the allegation, claiming that it is a drama staged by the BNP.
Protesting Ilias' disappearance, the BNP enforced three consecutive 12-hour shutdowns from April 22 to 24 across the country and the BNP-led 18-party alliance did two dawn-to-dusk hartals on April 29 and 30.