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BNP holds countrywide protest rallies

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BNP holds 
countrywide 
protest rallies
As part of the party’s week-long countrywide programme, BNP leaders and activists bring out a procession in front of the Metropolitan and Sessions Judges’ court in the capital yesterday to protest the Wednesday’s court verdict in the August 21 grenade attack cases. Focus Bangla Photo

The BNP yesterday (Thursday) staged demonstrations and brought out processions across the country in protest against the August 21 grenade attack verdict that handed down life imprisonment to the party’s acting chairman, Tarique Rahman. Speaking at the rallies, BNP leaders described the verdict as being “politically motivated and fabricated”, saying they were rejecting it.

They warned of tougher action soon and called upon party leaders and activists to prepare for it.

The BNP staged the demonstrations as part of its week-long countrywide central programme against the special tribunal verdict that awarded the death sentence to 19 people including former state minister Lutfozzaman Babar and former deputy minister Abdus Salam Pintu. The verdict also sentenced 19 others, including Tarique Rahman, to life-term in prison for the grenade attack on Sheikh Hasina’s rally on August 21, 2004.

The BNP has rejected the verdict, terming it “dictated, politically motivated and a naked manifestation of the Awami League’s political vengeance”.

In Dhaka, the south city unit of the BNP brought out processions from Shahbagh, Bijoynagar, Ramna, Bangshal, Sutrapur, Kalabagan, Kamrangirchar, Shampur, Demra, Wari, Genradia, Kadamtoli, Kotwali, Motijheel, Chalkbazar, Lalbagh, Hajaribagh, Mugda, Paltan, New market, Dhanmondi and Khilgaon.

The Dhaka north unit of the BNP brought out a procession, led by its general secretary Ahsanullah Hasan, from the Satrasta area. The north city unit also brought out processions from the Mohammadpur bus stand, Mirpur and Shah Ali.

Our correspondents from different cities and districts report that the BNP staged demonstrations and brought out processions against the verdict peacefully. The police, however, arrested several party activists at different places, including Barisal, while they tried to bring out processions.

Our Rajshahi correspondent reports that the city BNP staged a demonstration in front its Malopara office amidst a police barricade.

Speaking at the meeting, party leaders termed the verdict “farcical” and said they did not accept it.

BNP leader Mosaddek Hossain Bulbul and advocate Shafikur Rahman Milon, among others, spoke on the occasion.

Our Khulna correspondent reports that the city BNP staged a demonstration at its KD Road office.

Addressing the rally, party leaders said Tarique Rahman had been falsely implicated in the case.

City president Nazrul Islam called upon leaders and activists to unite in the party’s period of crisis.

Our Barishal correspondent said the city BNP staged demonstration at its Sadar Road office, where party joint secretary general Mujibur Rahman Sarwar termed the verdict “illegal”. He called upon party leaders and activists to get united to launch a tougher movement in the near future.

The police arrested three BNP activists when a group of party supporters tried to bring out a procession. The Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal yesterday alleged that law enforcers had arrested the organising secretary of its city (east) unit, Rabiul Islam Nayon, from the High Court area in Dhaka yesterday.

 

 

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