Satkhira, Dec 27 (UNB) – Police in special drives arrested 79 people, who are accused in different cases, from eight upazilas of the district from Wednesday evening to Thursday morning.
Of them, 22 were arrested from Sadar upazila, 11 from Kolaroa upazila, seven from Tala upazila, 10 each from Kaliganj, Debhata and Ashsashuni upazilas, four from Shyamnagar upazila and six from Patkelghata upazila, said Inspector Azam Khan of Special Branch of Satkhira police.
Dhaka, Dec 27 (UNB) – United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has called on all stakeholders to ensure an environment free of violence, intimidation and coercion before, during and after the general election in Bangladesh.
He, in the run-up to the December 30 general election in Bangladesh, said an environment free from violence will help enable “peaceful, credible and inclusive” polls.
“All Bangladeshi citizens, including minorities and women, must feel safe and confident in exercising their right to vote," said Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for the UN Secretary-General in a statement on Thursday.
Dujarric said civil society and electoral observers should be fully supported to play their role in the process.
The UN Secretary General reiterated the continued commitment of the United Nations to support a peaceful and democratic Bangladesh.
Ahead of the upcoming elections in Bangladesh, @antonioguterres calls for an environment free of violence, intimidation and coercion. All Bangladeshis, including minorities & women, must feel safe and confident in exercising their right to vote. full text: https://t.co/bMQIDBtozh
Thakurgaon, Dec 27 (UNB) – BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Thursday said holding a fair election under the Awami League government is not possible.
“The election process has turned into a farce and no election atmosphere is prevailing in the country as all the attacks are made on BNP people. It’s very unfortunate and unimaginable that these attacks are being sponsored by the state itself,” said Fakhrul while talking to journalists in front of his Thakurgaon residence in the morning.
He also alleged that the goons equipped with sticks, machetes and arms not only roaming in the area openly but also threatening people.
“It’s most unfortunate that a rumour has been doing the round that the law enforcement agencies will remain with them (Awami League) and a meeting with presiding officers was held in this regard, deciding that no one will go against the government,” he said.
He also alleged that the “Awami goons” have been torching BNP offices and houses of the minority people and blaming BNP for all those horrific activities.
“We’re in the election and will remain there till the end,” he added.