A Chhatra League leader has filed a case accusing BNP leaders and activists of sabotaging the Hathazari upazila of Chittagong during the ongoing blockade program demanding the fall of the government.
The names of 55 people have been mentioned in the case filed at Hathajari police station last Friday. Besides, 50 to 60 other unidentified people have been accused.
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Out of this, 62 kilometers away across the Karnaphuli River, the dismissed chairman of Gandamara Union of Chittagong’s last upazila Banshkhali, Laykat Ali, and 10 BNP leaders and activists of the area have been charged.
Liaquat Ali was released from Chittagong Central Jail on June 14 on bail in the weapons case filed by the police at Banskhali police station. He was dismissed from the post of UP chairman after being caught with weapons. Besides, BNP has already expelled him from the party on the charge of breaking party discipline.
The case was filed by a resident of Hathajari upazila and the freedom fighter and research affairs deputy editor of Chittagong North District Chhatra League. Rakibul Hashan.
Rakibul is a fourth year student of history department of government Chittagong college in the city.
Rakib mentioned in the statement of the case that Rakib and some of his friends were returning home from Chowdhuryhat Bazar after finishing personal work on November 9. They saw at least 110 to 120 people gathered on the Hathazari-Chittagong highway in front of the soil beavers on the eastern side of the Asian Paper Mill at Badamtal Sangla under the Hathazari Model Police Station. Among them, accused number one Mohammad Ghiyas Uddin Prakash alias Ghiyas Chairman (50) led the accused to block Rakib with domestic weapons and attacked him with intent to kill. They show fear and threat. They suddenly burst a few cocktails.
Rakib also mentioned in the statement that after receiving the news, a team of Hathajari Model Police Station reached the spot and seized various signs of explosives.
He claimed that he recognized the accused from the cars running on the road and the electric lights.
‘I received first aid at Hathazari Upazila Health Complex with the help of local people. After discussing with my relatives and local activists, I came to the police station and filed a case. Due to which there is a delay in filing the declaration,’ he said.
Liaquat has denied involvement in sabotage. He said, “The Chhatra League leader filed a case of disappearance in a planned way.”
“I and none of my political workers in Banshkhali have not visited Hathazari in the last few months,” said Leyakat. He does not know the plaintiff. In this disappearance case, the police named the leaders and activists of Banshkhali in a planned manner.
Rakib The Daily StarK said, ’30 to 40 BNP leaders and activists were on the streets. The accused beat me, vandalized the car. So I filed a case.
When asked how he managed to see everyone in such a short time at night, he said, ‘The rest of the accused were hiding in thick bushes in the dark on the side of the road, I was told their names by my juniors. They saw.’
A police constable and two local persons witnessed the seizure of evidence. After investigation, it was found that both locals are involved in Awami League politics. Hanif Jubo League and Nayan Chhatra League politics.
Accused Liaquat Daily StarK said, ‘The disappearance case against me is not stopping. Earlier in February of this year, the police arrested me and handed over the weapon and filed a case. After serving 125 days in jail and out on bail, I moved from the city to my home in Gandamara, Banshkhali. Since the beginning of the siege, the Banskhali police station has filed three cases of absenteeism against me and my workers.
“For so long, I have been a defendant in a disappearance case in my area, this time I have been made a defendant in a disappearance case in a different upazila. That case of Hathazari is far away from my upazila,’ he said.
Chittagong District Police Additional Superintendent (Special Branch) Abu Taib Arif asked about the case Daily StarK said, ‘I cannot tell the correct information about this. The OC of the police station knows this matter well.’
Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Hathajari police station Moniruzzaman was called several times but he did not receive.
Idris Ali, the former office secretary of Nagar BNP, told Daily Star, ‘There have been 16 cases against our leaders and activists in the metropolitan area. Total cases have been 50. 700 activists have been arrested in these cases.
In a statement sent to the media, BNP leaders claimed that a gang in Chittagong is filing false cases in the name of BNP leaders and activists by setting fire to vehicles.