A case was filed on Thursday accusing up to 114 BNP leaders and activists involving clashes with ruling Awami League supporters during their mass sit-in-programme in the district on Wednesday.
Raihan Kabir Nayeem, a sub-inspector of the Kotwali police station, filed the case naming 24 individuals and 70 to 80 unidentified individuals in this connection.
The accused included Faridpur Metropolitan BNP Convener and President of the sit-in programme FM Kaium Jangi, district BNP’s Member Secretary AK Kibria Swapon and its Joint Convener Jilfiqar Hossain Jewel, among others.
Police, however, arrested 13 BNP men and another unidentified man, and sent them to jail after court proceedings on Thursday.
Expressing concern over the case filed against them, local BNP’s Convener Syed Modarrechh Ali said their supporters resisted the attackers of Awami and Juba League while they were holding the programme.
He alleged that police had also fired bullets on them. “Police arrested our sons (party men), beat them and lodged a case against us in a way that the behaviour of the police is a barrier to democracy,” he said.
On Wednesday, the mass sit-in programme of BNP and like-minded opposition parties was foiled as a group of youths wearing helmets attacked their protest event at Ambika Maidan of Faridpur district town.
Witnesses said a group of around 50 unidentified people wearing helmets attacked the leaders and activists of the BNP and other opposition parties when they gathered there to hold their programme.
They hurled crude bombs and threw brick chips at the BNP men, triggering a chase and counter-chase between them.