BNP Standing Committee member Nazrul Islam Khan on Friday alleged that the Awami League government is gunning down people as it has got scared of losing power.
“The Awami League government is firing on the justified movement of people. You’re firing on us and people since you’ve become scared (seeing our movement),” he said.
Speaking at a rally, the BNP leader recalled that regimes of Ayub Khan and HM Ershad also shot dead people, but could not stay in power. “You (Sheikh Hasina ) won’t be able to cling to power either.”
He assured the BNP leaders and activists that they will definitely turn victorious in their movement for the restoration of democracy. “People always stood by us in our struggle for democracy, and they will do the same this time as well. So, get ready for taking to the streets to achieve a victory.”
Mohammadpur zone of BNP's Dhaka north city unit arranged the rally in Bosila area protesting the price hike of fuel, daily essentials and the killing of three opposition leaders in Bhola and Narayanganj in police firing and attacks on different programmes of the party.
Thousands of leaders and activists from different wards of Mohammadpur joined the rally in small processions.
Nazrul said the Awami League government is least bothered about public suffering as the ruling party leaders and activists made huge money by indulging in corruption and plundering.
He said people are going through immense sufferings due to skyrocketing prices of daily essentials and medicines and for lack of employment opportunities.
“It’s usual that people would protest the suffering they are going through, but you’re shooting them dead as you’re not a government of people. You’re a government of a few thousand new millionaires, not that of 40 million new poor people. We’re talking about those four crore poor people and we are fighting together with them,” the BNP leader observed.
He said five leaders and activists of BNP and its associate bodies--Abur Rahim and Noor-e-Alam in Bhola, Shaon Prodhan in Narayanganj, Abdul Alim In Jashore and Shahidul Islam Shaon in Munshiganj--were killed in police firing during the current movement against the hike in prices of fuel and daily essentials.
The BNP leader warned that the government will not be able to suppress their party’s movement by killing people and resorting to repressive acts. “No one can stay in power for a long time by force.”
Addressing the programme, Tabith Awal, who was injured in an attack by ruling party activists in the city’s Banani area recently, said the government can physically harm the BNP leaders and activists, but not their morale, by carrying out attacks on their programmes.
“Our movement will continue. We won’t leave the streets until the restoration of democracy, no matter what,” he said.