Police try to calm locals who blockaded for about two hours the Dhaka-Chittagong highway for the third day yesterday in Mouchak-Sanarpar area of Narayanganj demanding safe return of Nazrul Islam, councillor of ward-2 of Narayanganj City Corporation, his four aides and lawyer Chandan Sarkar and his driver who were abducted on Sunday. Photo: Banglar Chokh
Laxmipur district BNP yesterday claimed that at least 21 activists and leaders of the BNP-led 19-party alliance were subjected to killing and forced disappearance in the last six months in that district since October 26.
Of them, 16 were killed while five fell victim to disappearance by law enforcers and Awami League leaders, said Abul Khair Bhuiyan, the district unit president, at a press conference in the capital's Jatiya Press Club.
The district BNP revealed a list of the 21 victims with their names, addresses and ranks and urged the media and human rights organisations to check the list and create pressure upon the government to stop this oppression on the opposition.
Earlier on Monday, BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir made a fresh claim that 310 of its leaders and activists fell victim to killing and disappearance by police, Rapid Action Battalion, and AL men around the country in the 14 months since January 2013.
Locals burn tyres on the road. Photo: Banglar Chokh
Mentioning the names of Shamsul Islam and Omar Faruk, two BNP leaders of Laxmipur, the district unit president said law enforcers picked Shamsul from the capital's Uttara, and he was found dead in Laxmipur on April 26, while Faruk disappeared from Chittagong on February 4.
Shahiduddin Chowdhury Anee, former BNP lawmaker, alleged that local BNP men had been passing days in panic, as they were facing oppression by both the ruling party people and the administration, and they did not have any place to file their complaints.
"The police arrested our leaders and sent some to jail and other faced cross-fire," he said.
Abul Khair also said at least 19 BNP men were killed by the administration and ruling party men between 2009 and 2013.