148 leaders taken from BNP office indicted

Police on Sunday submitted a charge-sheet against 148 leaders of the
BNP-led 18-party opposition alliance in connection with a case filed
with Paltan Police Station under the Speedy Trial Act.Sub-inspector Mahbubul Hasan, also investigation officer of the case,
submitted the charge sheet to the court of Metropolitan Magistrate
Shahriar Mahmud Adnan.
The top opposition leaders whose names were included in the charge
sheet are Amanullah Aman, opposition chief whip Zainal Abedin
Farroque, Jagpa president Shafiul Alam Prodhan, BNP joint secretary
general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s adviser Dr
SM Zahid Hossain.
The names of six other opposition activists were dropped from the
charge sheet as their involvement was not proved during the
In the charge sheet, it was alleged that the accused damaged a number
of vehicles and blasted cocktails during a programme of the opposition
alliance near BNP’s Nayapaltan central office on the afternoon of
March 11.
They also beat up policemen, hurled cocktails on the law enforcers and
tried to snatch arms from the policemen. When chased by police, the
opposition activists entered the BNP central party office from where
police recovered 8-10 cocktails in a raid, said the charge sheet.
The court will decide on Monday whether it will take cognizance of the
charge sheet.
Paltan police on March 12 filed two cases against 154 leaders of the
opposition alliance on charges of exploding bombs and preventing
police from performing their official duties.
Earlier, on Mar 11, in a raid on BNP’s Nayapaltan central office,
police arrested 185 of its leaders and workers, including acting
secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and joint secretary
general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
The law enforcers launched the drive in the BNP office at about 6 pm
after 8-10 crude bombs went off at about 5 pm in front of the BNP
central office while Fakhrul was addressing a rally.
Three of the arrested leaders, Mirza Fakhrul, Sadek Hossain Khoka and
Altaf Hossain Chowdhury, were released the next day.
On March 20, two courts in Dhaka placed 151 leaders of the opposition
alliance on an eight-day police remand in the two cases filed with the
city’s Paltna Police Station.UNB

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