Patuakhali, Dec 21 (UNB) - A case has been filed against BNP candidate for Patuakhali-3 (Golachipa-Dashmina) constituency Golam Maula Rony and five others under the Digital Security Act on charge of ‘faking’ an attack on the vehicle of his wife.
Mehedi Masud, an associate professor of Golachipa Mohila College and joint convener of Awami League’s Patuakhali-3 election conducting committee, filed the case with Golachipa Police Station on Thursday night.
The five other accused are Rony’s bother Sarwar, brother-in-law Makbul, BNP leader Shahjahan Khan, his son Shiplu Khan and Shah Alam Shanu.
In his complaint, Masud claimed that Rony and others faked an attack on the vehicle of the BNP contestants’ wife Kamrunnhar Runu in Madina Masjid area of Golachipa upazila on December 15.
They also spread false information about the incident in a bid to ‘deteriorate’ the law and order, he alleged.
Contacted, Rony said although his wife’s vehicle came under attack, police did not record any case over it. “Instead, a false was filed against us.”
Rajshahi, Dec 21 (UNB) – Election Commissioner Rafiqul Islam on Friday appeared to be justifying the recent pre-polls violence, calling it part of political culture.
“Fighting and verbal jousting are part of Bangladesh’s political culture,” he said, replying to a question on recent polls-related violence.
“The situation becomes overheated when the election schedule is announced. It doesn’t feel good if there’s no heat,” he said at a programme on women protection and security during election at Shilpakala Academy in the city.
BNP has been complaining about attacks on their campaigns by Awami League activists in many areas, including capital Dhaka.
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir’s motorcade was attacked in Thakurgaon. Mirza Abbas and his wife Afroza Abbas’ campaigns were attacked several times in capital Dhaka, while Barrister Mahbub Uddin Khokon was hit by bullets in Noakhali.
Gono Forum leader Dr Kamal’s motorcade was also attacked in the capital.
“He (EC Rafiqul) is not only encouraging the ruling party to engage in violence but also taking position against the country and the Constitution,” Subrata Chowdhury, a senior Jatiya Oikyafront leader, told UNB.
“His comment is very unfortunate,” said Subrata, also the Gono Forum executive president.
Questioning the neutrality of the EC, Subrata said, “Rafiqul’s statement shows that they (EC) are working in favour of a particular party and they do not intend to hold a fair and credible election.”