BNP’s top leaders cannot avoid responsibility for anarchy: Home Minister
Dhaka, November 3, 2023 (BSS): Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal today said that the top leaders of BNP cannot avoid the responsibility of creating anarchy on October 28.
He told reporters, ‘BNP’s top leaders took a decision and on that decision their cadres attacked the Chief Justice’s residence, judges’ complex and women and killed a police constable. So, they cannot escape responsibility.’
Paying homage to the portraits of the four national leaders at the old central jail on Nazimuddin Road in the city, the minister said, ‘They will be acquitted if they are not found guilty in the police investigation. Otherwise their names will be included in the charge sheet. They went on strike and held rallies. We saw it. Earlier they kept their promises in previous rallies. But on October 28, they started violence at the very beginning of their rally.’
Kamal said, our women activists were attacked while passing in front of the Chief Justice’s residence to join the peace rally. When the police went to protect them, they also attacked the police. They indulged in brutality one after another and killed the police. They also attacked journalists.
Noting that the October 28 attack left one policeman dead and another fighting for life, the minister said not only that, they also attacked the police hospital and set ambulances on fire and vandalized vehicles and other valuables.
He further said, ‘If we review all the facts, none of those who were present that day can escape the responsibility of creating the terrible situation. They were supposed to be at Nightingale Junction that day, but they positioned themselves in front of the Chief Justice’s residence for the purpose of the attack.
However, those caught in the video footage of the anarchy are being identified, the minister said, ‘We have installed many high-quality cameras on the roads; They also destroyed the camera that day. Still we have enough evidence.’
Earlier in the morning, Awami League leaders paid their respects to the four national leaders at the Banani cemetery. Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader led the central leaders. They prayed for the repose of the departed souls of the four martyred national leaders.
On August 15, 1975, domestic and foreign conspirators killed Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family members. A few days later, four national leaders who were close political associates of Bangabandhu were killed in Dhaka Central Jail.