Dhaka, Dec 14 (UNB) – Jatiya Oikyafront chief Dr Kamal Hossain on Friday described the attack on his motorcade near the Martyred Intellectuals Memorial in the city as a serious act of disrespect to martyred intellectuals.
“This is an immoral act. Such incident can’t take place in a civilised country,” he said while addressing a press conference held at the Oikyafront's Purana Paltan office.
Dr Kamal urged the authorities concerned to investigate the incident to find out who were behind it, offering cooperation from the alliance.
He also denounced the arrest of Oikyafront leaders and activists across the country and demanded explanation as to why they were being arrested.
The Oikyafront chief also urged the government to refrain from making wholesale arrest and abusing power as there is only 15 days left for the general election slated for December 30.
He called upon law enforcement agencies not to abide by any immoral directive and warned that no is above the law.
Speaking on the occasion, BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan condemned the attack and alleged that the Election Commission is working in ‘favour’ of the government. “Everyone at the Commission should resign for their incompetency,” he said.
Earlier in the morning, Dr Kamal Hossain’s motorcade came under attack near the Martyred Intellectuals Memorial at Mirpur while returning after paying tributes to the martyred intellectuals, leaving at least 10 people injured.
However, Dr Kamal managed to escape the attack unhurt.
Latiful Bari Hamim, media wing member of JatiyaOikyafront, said Dr Kamal along with Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) president ASM Abdur Rob, Gonoshasthya Kendra founder Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury, BNP chairperson’s adviser Abdus Salam, Gano Forum leaders Jaglul Haider Afrik and Reza Kibria paid homage to the martyred intellectuals at Mirpur Martyred Intellectuals Memorial around 9:30am, marking the Martyred Intellectuals Day.
Some supporters of local Awami League candidate for Dhaka-14 constituency AslamulHaque equipped with rods and sticks attacked Kamal Hossain’s car when he was getting in it at the main gate of the memorial on his way back home, Hamim said.
He alleged the ruling party men also attacked the vehicles carrying ASM Abdur Rob, JaglulHaiderAfrik, Oikyafront’s Dhaka-14 candidate Abu BakarSiddiqueSaju.
The attackers beat BNP and Oikyafront leaders and activists those who tried to resist them, leaving 10-12 people, including Saju and Rob’s driver, injured.