Govt stages drama over Aslam’s meeting with Israeli leader: BNP

BNP on Tuesday alleged that the government staged a drama over their leader Aslam Chowdhury’s meeting with an Israeli leader in India to divert people’s attention to a different direction from Bangladesh Bank's reserve heist, reports the UNB.

Speaking at a press briefing at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi also termed absurd the government’s allegation of hatching a plot against it sitting in a friendly country like India.

He also said the government is now trying to link BNP with Israel to confuse people and hide its failures.

Earlier on Sunday, plainclothes police arrested BNP joint secretary general Aslam Chowdhury from the capital city as he allegedly held a meeting with Israeli influential leader Mendi N Safadi in India recently to hatch a conspiracy to oust the government.

But, Aslam denied any conspiracy against the government although he admitted to meeting Safadi in a tea party in India.

Rizvi also strongly protested and condemned the sending of their party standing committee member Rafiqul Islam Miah to jail in eight ‘false’ cases.

He alleged that many ‘conspiratorial and false cases’ were filed against Rafiqul as he raised his voice against the government’s misdeeds. “People don’t believe that a senior lawyer like Rafiqul Islam Miah can be involved in subversive activities.”

The BNP leader demanded the government immediately release Rafiqul after withdrawing all the cases filed against him.

On Monday, Rafiqul Islam Miah was sent to jail in eight cases of violence after he surrendered before separate courts in Dhaka on Monday in 13 cases filed with different police stations for allegedly committing subversive activities during hartal and blockade programs enforced by the BNP-led alliance in 2015.