Bangladeshi opposition leaders sued for bomb blasts, vandalism
DHAKA, April 30 (Xinhua) -- Dozens of Bangladesh's main opposition party leaders have been sued in two separate cases for blasts and vandalism during back-to-back countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartals on Sunday and Monday.
"Acting Secretary General of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and 28 others have been accused in the first case over the explosions of two crude bombs at Bangladesh Secretariat (the country's administration hub) during Sunday's hartal," Sirajul Islam, officer-in-charge of Dhaka's Shahbagh Police Station, told Xinhua.
The second case involves charges of vandalising vehicles and arson in front of the South Asian country's Prime Minister's Office in Dhaka during the early hours of Monday's hartal. " Alamgir and 42 others have been accused in the case," said an official in Dhaka's Tejgaon Police station.
Of the two cases, one was filed with on Sunday night while the other on Monday morning.
Apart from BNP acting secretary general, the party's Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, Lawmaker Shahid Uddin Chowdhury Anny and Oli Ahmed, chief of Liberal Democratic Party, a member of BNP's 18-party alliance, among others, have also been accused in both cases.
Lieutenat General (retd.) Mahbubur Rahman, BNP standing committee member, termed the cases filed against the party's leaders as "politically motivated" and said they would fight those legally.
"Most of the leaders including Alamgir who have been sued in the cases never took to the streets during the hartal. It is virtually to divert public attention from the ongoing opposition movement to get back the missing politician," he added.
But Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) party alleged that the BNP leaders were involved with the incidents to create anarchic situation in the country. " Obviously, they were involved with the heinous activities," Mahbub- ul-Alam Hanif, Joint General Secretary of AL, said while speaking at a program in Dhaka Monday.
The 18-party alliance, which accused the state agencies of " abducting" the politician from a Dhaka street on April 17 night, called for strike on Sunday and Monday after a deadline for the government to search for the party's Organizing Secretary M Ilias Ali and his driver who went missing that night ended on April 28.
Former Bangladeshi Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, also chairperson of BNP, gave the four-day ultimatum after wrapping up their countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday in the last week.
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