Adviser Reaz Rahman shot: Bnp accuses Govt of sabotage

BNP chief Khaleda Zia’s Adviser Reaz Rahman was shot in the leg in Dhaka and his car set ablaze by some unidentified people when he was on his way back from Khaleda’s Gulshan office.
A former foreign minister Reaz Rahman was leaving Gulshan after meeting the BNP chief on Tuesday evening when he came under attack.
BNP leader barrister Rafiqul Islam Miah accused the government of carrying out acts of sabotage across the country during their ongoing non-stop blockade programme.United Hospital confirmed that the former foreign secretary had been shot in his leg. His car was set afire near The Westin hotel at about 8:45pm.
The incident took place amid the BNP-led alliance’s countrywide transport blockade being enforced since Jan 5.
Ahmed is the second advisor to Khaleda who came under attack since she had announced the blockade that day. Earlier Sabihuddin Ahmed was set on fire near the Bnp chief’s office when he had  gone to see Khaleda. The car was at park at the time of the attack.
In Tuesday’s attack Reaz Rahman received four bullet injuries, physician Shubha Rahman who accompanied Reaz Rahman has been quoted to have said. It was unclear who carried out the attack.
“We’re not involved in the violent activities being carried out,” said Rafiqul while addressing a protest rally of Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Forum (JAF) in support of the blockade programme on the Supreme Court premises.
He said, “Those involved in such dreadful activities at the behest of the Prime Minister or at her knowledge must be brought to justice immediately.”
The BNP leader made the acccusation a day after the Prime Minister warned the BNP and its allies of dire consequences for carrying out subversive activities in the name of blockade and asked people to resist that.
Rafiqul said, “The ongoing peaceful indefinite blockade will continue until Khaleda Zia is freed from her confinement, allowed to hold public rallies and and the government accepts the demand of a fresh election under a caretaker administration.”
At the meting, the BNP leader called upon all the Bar associations across the country to stage protest rallies on Wednesday and Thursday. – News Desk