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Charges framed in false cases to annihilate BNP: Fakhrul

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Staff Reporter
Acting secretary general of BNP Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Wednesday alleged that charges were farmed against BNP leaders and activists in a ‘false case’ in a bid to keep the party out of election and annihilate it politically.
“The government has filed many false cases against BNP leaders and activists since 2008. They’ve also pressed charges. They’re doing this as part of their ill-motive to keep BNP away from polls and devastate it,” he said.
Fakhrul, the BNP acting secretary general, came up with the allegation while talking to reporters after placing wreaths at the grave of party founder late President Ziaur Rahman marking the 25th founding anniversary of pro-BNP physician’s body, Doctors Association of Bangladesh (DAB).
Earlier on Tuesday, Detective Police pressed charges against 41 BNP leaders, including Fakhrul and standing committee members Moudud Ahmed, Mirza Abbas, Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, vice chairman Abdullah Al Noman and Dhaka city unit member secretary Habibun Nabi Sohel, in a s case filed for vandalism and blasting bombs on March 2 last year in the capital.
Police filed the case against the 41 BNP men and 1,200 unknown persons with Ramna Police Station accusing them of obstructing law enforcers from discharging their duties, attempting to kill them and hurling crude bombs to create panic in front of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College at Bailey Road of the capital on March 2, 2013 during the BNP-led opposition's anti-government movement.
Criticizing the government for framing the charges in a ‘false’ case against them, Fakhrul said, “It’s an unprecedented move. We think the government framed the charges against us in a false case as it’s trying to re-establish one-party Baksal rule.”
He, however, warned that the government cannot stop their movement by resorting to repressive acts and filing ‘false’ cases against them.
Asked about BNP’s action program, Fakhrul said, “The movement is a continuous process. We’re on the movement to restore people’s voting right through holding an election under a non-party neutral administration. We’re on the streets and will remain so in the days to come.”
The BNP leader said the fresh action programs will be finalized at the meetings of the party policymaking body and top leaders of 20-party alliance.
About the National Broadcast Policy, 2014 approved by the cabinet, Fakhrul said the main motive of the policy is to snatch press freedom and stifle different opinions.