Dhaka, Oct 8 (UNB) - Describing Abrar Fahad as the first martyr in the struggle for protecting the country’s sovereignty, water and soil, BNP Tuesday demanded that the Feni River be renamed the ‘Abrar River’.
Speaking at a press conference at the party’s Nayapaltan central office, BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi also claimed that the names of the key accused were left out in the case filed in connection with Abrar murder.
“The current regime’s policy is to hand over the country’s soil and water resources to others, but those who’ll protest against it will be killed through torture. Abrar Fahad is the first martyr in the war on protecting independence, sovereignty, water and soil of our country,” he said.
The BNP leader strongly condemned the murder of Abrar and demanded the government track down the real offenders and mete out exemplary punishment to them.
Abrar, 21, a resident of Sher-e-Bangla Hall of Buet, was pronounced dead around 3am on Monday by Buet medical officer Dr Md Mashuk Elahi after he was mercilessly beaten allegedly by some Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists of the university unit.
Later, his father filed a case against 19 BCL men with Chawkbazar Police Station in the capital.
Rizvi alleged that the key accused are not there in the case mysteriously as he said the Buet administration is trying to save them.
He questioned who turned room No-2011 of Sher-e-Bangla Hall into a torture cell. “Why is the Buet administration desperately trying to save him? The shameless administration issued a statement terming the killing an unexpected death.”
The BNP leader alleged that all the educational institutions of the country have been held hostage in the hands of Chhatra League ‘cadres’. The academic atmosphere in the educational institutions and the security of students’ life won’t be restored if monstrous Chhatra League is not banned.”
He said the killing of Abrar by the “Chhatra League cadres” for his post on the Facebook against ‘anti-state’ bilateral documents with India has exposed that the innocent, patriot and common students are no longer safe in educational institutions.
Rizvi said their party will announce programmes against the recent bilateral documents with India in phases. “We as well as our different associate bodies are protesting against it. We took out a procession yesterday (Monday) and such protest will continue.”
Dhaka, Oct 7 (UNB) - Terming Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s India tour a failed one, Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna on Monday demanded the government make public the bilateral documents signed with the neighbouring country.
“Bangladesh’s interests haven’t been protected in the bilateral documents signed with India. We demand the government make public the details of the deals and then, we think, more frightening information will come out," he said.
Manna came up with the remarks while speaking at a press conference arranged by his party on the country’s current situation at the Jatiya Press Club.
He said the government has committed a “grievous offence” through singing the documents with India by ‘sacrificing’ Bangladesh’s interests and it cannot be hushed up through the drive against casinos and the arrest of Jubo League leader Ismail Chowdhury Samrat. “The government’s weapon to hide one incident by another has got blunt for its repeated use.”
Manna, also a Jatiya Oikyafront leader, said no such deal has ever been signed by sacrificing such massive national interest like this time.
He said a strong protest should be staged organising people against the signed bilateral documents with India.
On Saturday, Bangladesh and India signed seven bilateral documents after a bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in New Delhi.
Manna said the government has long been failing to secure the country’s interests through bilateral talks and agreements with any country, especially since 2014. “In each case, the interests of the country have been sacrificed.”
“A bilateral discussion should be beneficial for both parties…but if we assess the deals that have been signed this time, we’ll find that Bangladesh's minimum interest is not protected,” he observed.
Referring to the Foreign Secretary’s comment that Bangladesh allowed India to withdraw water from the Feni River on humanitarian ground, the Nagorik Oikya leader said, the neighbouring country has been continuing the inhuman act like killing of Bangladeshis along the border for a long time. “But Bangladesh couldn’t convince India to take a human decision about stopping border killing. Even, no diplomatic assurance was made to this end.”
He said the government always claims that its relationship with India is at the peak, and it is good to maintain warm ties with the close neighbour. “But it’s dangerous for the country if the relationship is only meant for giving everything to the neighbour without receiving anything. “The deals and MoUs the ruling party has so far signed with India are unilateral ones.”
About the recent drive against casinos and corruption, Manna said the government is arresting some ‘small fry’ instead of key corrupt elements.
Even, the government took incredibly much time to arrest a small fry and Jubo League Dhaka south unit president, Samrat, as the law enforces waited for the green signal from the highest level. “It has exposed the country’s law and judicial system have got how much bankrupt and the law enforcers have become how much subservient to the ruling party.”
He alleged that the government has turned Bangladesh into a den of corruption for over a decade. “But what is now happening in the name of anti-corruption drive is nothing but mere eyewash. It’s also an attempt to fool people.”
Dhaka, Oct 6 (UNB) - Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Sunday said BNP is gradually losing its popularity and existence as they always react negatively to any initiative taken by the government.
He came up with the remarks while inaugurating a workshop titled "Social Media for Increasing Employability" at the auditorium of the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh.
The programme was organised by the Science and Technology Subcommittee of the ruling party.
Accusing the government of violating the constitution by signing ‘anti-state’ bilateral documents with India, BNP on Sunday demanded annulment of the deals Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina signed on Saturday.
Speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi also demanded that the Prime Minister step down for breaching her constitutional oath by signing ‘unilateral’ documents with India to protect her own interests sacrificing the national ones.
Rizvi also said Sheikh Hasina has lost all the constitutional rights to remain in the post of Prime Minister by signing the documents with India as she only protected the interests of the neighbouring country.
Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, said there is nothing unconstitutional and undemocratic in the memoranda of understanding (MoUs) signed with India. “MoUs aren’t the final decision. BNP has forgotten the meaning of MoU as they have not been in power for long.”
He also urged BNP not to mislead people through their trickery terming the MoUs ‘anti-state’.
Quader said the Prime Minister never builds relationship with any country sacrificing the national interests. “Relationship with other countries has been strengthened protecting national interests. Only Sheikh Hasina has the ability to bargain for protecting the national interests by any means,” he said.
On Saturday, Bangladesh and India signed seven bilateral documents after a bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House in New Delhi.
About the arrest of Jubo League’s Dhaka South unit President Ismail Hossain Samrat for his alleged involvement in casino business, the ruling party leader said no one except Sheikh Hasina is the integral part of the party.
Chattogram, Oct 6 (UNB) - Jatiyatabadi Mohila Dal’s Chattogram City committee chief Monwara Begum Moni was suspended from the party on Saturday night for her involvement in anti-party activities.
Senior Vice-President Fatema Badsha will be the acting president, Mohila Dal said in a statement. Its central committee General Secretary Sultana Ahmed also confirmed UNB about the decision over phone.
Monwara will lose her primary membership and all positions she had been holding as allegations against her were proven, the statement said, without elaborating.
Dhaka, Oct 5 (UNB) – Gonoforum General Secretary Dr Reza Kibria on Saturday alleged that the interests of the country’s people have not been protected through the bilateral documents Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina signed with India.
Reza came up with the comments while talking to reporters after a meeting of Gonoforum presidium members at party President Dr Kamal Hossain’s Bailey Road residence.
He also voiced doubt whether the current government has the ‘capability and willingness’ to protect the interests of the people of Bangladesh.
Earlier in the day, Bangladesh and India signed seven bilateral documents, aiming to take the relations between the two countries to the next trajectory.
The documents were signed, exchanged, adopted and handed over after a bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House in New Delhi.
The Gono Forum general secretary said the government is also being unable to deliver on all other fronts. “They couldn’t resolve the Rohingya crisis and ensure our fair share water from Teesta and other common rivers. They also failed to bridge the trade gap with India. They’ve failures everywhere from the agriculture to foreign policy.”
Reza said the government will be forced to quit power and hold a fair election soon due to its incapability and failures.
He said their party is working to strengthen its organisational strength and intensify the activities of the Jatiya Oikyafront to oust the current government from power.
About the recent anti-corruption purge, he said it will have no significance if the ‘big corrupts’ are not arrested. “Only some fourth and fifth grade ruling party leaders has so far been arrested. The government must arrest the top leaders who are involved in corruption if it’s really sincere about curbing graft.”