The BNP has alleged that the police in Chittagong are arresting party leaders and activists and their relatives during the blockade called to demand the government’s one-point fall and cancellation of the announced schedule. The party has alleged that a BNP leader and his son and Chhatra Dal leader’s younger brother were tortured and seriously injured in the last two days. BNP claimed that the Khulshi Thana police arrested Riyaz Hossain Rabbi, younger brother of Chittagong Chhatra Dal leader Rocky Hossain Picchi, and took him to the police station and physically tortured him all night. BNP leaders of Chittagong strongly condemned and protested this incident.
BNP Vice Chairman Abdullah Al Noman, Mir Md. Nashir Uddin, Organizing Secretary of BNP Central Committee Mahbuber Rahman Shamim, Chittagong Metropolitan BNP Convener Dr. Shahadat Hossain and Member Secretary Abul Hashem Bakkar have expressed concern over such arrests and torture in a statement on Tuesday.
In the statement, the leaders said that the police members are now harassing and arbitrarily arresting BNP leaders and activists by going door to door every night in the name of search after raising false and missing charges in Chittagong based on the ongoing blockade. Without being able to arrest BNP leaders and activists, they are taking other family members. Following this, on Monday night, the Khulshi Thana police arrested Rocky Hossain Picchi, a member of the Mahanagar Chhatra Dal, at his residence in Worless Lane No. 2 and took his younger brother Riaz Hossain Rabbi. The rabbi was staying in his shop during the police raid. There was no case against him. The police took him to the police station and physically abused him throughout the night and broke his hands. He is currently in coma. When the rabbi was arrested, men and women from his neighborhood came to his defense and the police mistreated the women. A few days ago Khulshi police station arrested his elder brother Wakil Hossain Baga. Earlier on Sunday evening, Awami League terrorists and police brutally beat and injured BNP leader Mizanur Rahman Mostafa while arresting BNP leader Mizanur Rahman Mustafa from the side of Agrabad Jamburi ground. Currently, Mustafa’s physical condition is very bad. When Mustafa was being tortured, his son tried to save him, but he too was killed and his head split open.
The leaders directed the police and said that the nation is watching what you are doing on the undemocratic orders of the government to oust the BNP ahead of the elections. You are employees of the republic, not employees of Awami League. You will not assume the role of Awami League worker. Stop absentee cases, assaults, torture and mass arrests.