Peaceful rally will be held, no matter what: Fakhrul

Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Sunday repeated that it will defy all the government obstacles and go ahead with its planned 'grand rally', will be held in the capital under any circumstances.

He made the remark at a press conference at the party’s central office in afternoon in response to a query whether they have got permission from the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) to hold the rally at Nayapaltan.

Fakhrul said the ‘peaceful’ rally will be held at 2pm, demanding restoration of the annulled non-party caretaker government system and resignation of the government.

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia will address the grand rally, he said.

Listing the government’s various repressive measures to frustrate the Dhaka Cholo (Let’s Go to Dhaka) programme, he said the government has created an anarchic situation across the country. “It seems that the government has announced an undeclared war against people.”

The BNP leader said all modes of communication have been cut off across the country and claimed that over 5,000 leaders and workers of the opposition have so far been arrested ahead of the ‘Dhaka Cholo’ programme.

He said police are raiding the houses of leaders and workers of the opposition allover the country, including Dhaka city. “They (police) have picked up family members and relatives when they did not get the party leaders and workers,” he told reporters.

The BNP acting secretary general alleged that the police are searching people and obstructing them in various entry points of the capital, including Sadar Ghat and Kanchpur.

Fakhrul said launch and ferry services have been forcefully suspended in Aricha, Doulatdia and Sadarghat.

He alleged the ruling party men even attacked a train in Comilla earlier in the day.

Dr Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Tariqul Islam, Nazrul Islam Khan, Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan, Sadeque Hossain Khoka, Amanullah Aman and Abdus Salam were, among others, present at the press conference.

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