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Charge sheet politically-motivated: BNP

Posted on Thursday, May 10, 2012 | No Comments

BNP on Thursday termed 'false' and 'politically-motivated' the charge sheet against senior party leaders in the Apr 29 shutdown arson case and demanded the case be withdrawn.

"The government has filed two false cases against senior opposition leaders to divert people's attention from the ongoing anti-government agitation. Charge sheet of one of the cases was submitted today. We condemn this," BNP standing committee member Khandker Mosharraf Hossain told a human chain programme in front of the National Press Club in the capital.

"We urge the government to withdraw the false cases and the charge sheet immediately," he added.

He also claimed that the people did not believe these cases and alleged that the government was 'neck-deep' into corruption and the cases intend to 'bury that flaw'.

Police filed two cases accusing senior opposition leaders over hurling bombs in the Secretariat, the centre of government administration, and torching of vehicle in front of the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) during the Apr 29 general strike.

Police on Thursday pressed charges against BNP's acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and 44 others in the arson case claiming that their investigation found involvement of those. The charges said the accused leaders of the BNP-led 18-party alliance had backed the strikers who allegedly set the bus on fire in front of the PMO.

The case was filed by Tejgaon police amid growing tension on the street over the disappearance of BNP's organising secretary M Ilias Ali who has remained traceless since Apr 18.

In April, the BNP-led opposition alliance enforced five days of general strike to demand that the government 'return' Ilias amid accusation that security agencies have 'abducted' him. The government has denied the allegation, saying that it was 'a plot by the opposition to create anarchy' in the country.

Among the accused in the Apr 29 arson case, BNP's joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi was arrested and sent to jail, pending further order, while another joint secretary general Mahbubuddin Khokon was on bail until May 20.

The charge-sheeted accused also include BNP leaders MK Anwar, Hannan Shah, Sadeque Hossain Khoka, Mirza Abbas, Khandker Mosharraf Hossain, Amanullah Aman, Ruhul Kuddus Talukdar Dulu, Goyeshwar Chandra Roy, Fazlul Haque Milon, Sharif Uddin Chowdhury Anne, Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal president Sultan Salahuddin Tuku, Liberal Democratic Party president Oli Ahmed, Jamaat-e-Islami acting chief Mokbul Hossain, BJP President Andalib Rahman Partha and Swechchhasebak Dal president Habib-un-Nabi Khan Sohel.

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