Enforced disappearance as grave as war crimes: Fakhrul (Video)
BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Tuesday said the enforced disappearance is a crime against humanity and and as grave as war crimes in any consideration. Addressing a meeting organised in the banner of “Student Leaders of Nineties” at the Jatiya Press Club, he accused the government of committing such crimes.
The BNP leader said they expected that the good sense of the government will prevail within June 10, the last day of the opposition ultimatum, and they would announce that the next general elections would be held under a neutral government.
“Otherwise, he cautioned, the people know how to materialize the demand through movement.”
Presided over by Amanullah Aman, the former VP of Dhaka University, the meeting was also addressed, among others, by Dr Asaduzzaman Ripon, Nazim Uddin Alam, Motasim Billah Babul, Khandaker Lutfor Rahman, Saifudin Ahmed Moni, general secretary of Democratic League, Fazlul Haque Milon, Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal, Abul Khair, MP, Shahid Uddin Chowdhury Anny, MP, and Khairul Kabir Khokan.
Mirza Fakhrul said about 127 people were the victims of enforced disappearance during the three and a half years rule of the present government.
We don’t know the fate of Elias Ali and whether he will return to his family, he said.
Depicting prevailing deterioration of law and order, the BNP leader regretted that whether the people had fought for the independence.
He called upon the people to come forward to resist repeated abduction and killing for the sake of the future generation.
“People are suffering from sense of insecurity and we have to get relief from it,” said the BNP leader.
Referring to the government’s repressive measures on the opposition activists, he said a government carries out repression to the opponents when it becomes isolated from the people.
He reiterated the demand to rescue Ilias and his driver and give them back to their families, withdrawal of what he said false cases filed against opposition activists and the release of party leaders including Ruhul Kabir Rizvi. Amanullah Aman said they wouldn’t leave the streets until their demands are materialized.