BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday accused the ruling Awami League of spreading communalism in the country by carrying out terrorist activities.
Political conflicts led to the violence on the polling day (January 5) at different villages in Thakurgaon Sadar upazila, he added.
The BNP leader was talking to local people at Gopalpur Govt Primary School premises after visiting the family members of deceased BNP activist Abu Hanif at Shimuldangi village in the same upazila.
Earlier, he offered prayers at Hanif's grave and pledged to bear the livelihood costs of Hanif's daughter.
Fakhrul also visited some damaged shops of Hindus at Deunia Bazar of Gopalpur village.
He claimed that Awami League goons had stabbed Abu Hanif to death at Gopalpur village on January 5. The AL men and police also killed Joynal and Harun at Basudebpur village in Thakurgaon on the same day, he mentioned.
The government, he said, oppresses people by using the Rab, police and BGB. In the name of arresting unidentified accused, the police and security men have been extorting innocent people, he complained.
He demanded the police stop harassment of people immediately.
The AL is now running the country through repression eying to establish Bakshal in a new form as the party knows it well that it will not return to power through a free, fair and credible election, noted the BNP leader.
He added: The AL has formed an “illegal government” as nobody at home and abroad has said the January 5 election was free and fair.
Fakhrul urged people and party activists to continue the anti-government movement in a peaceful manner for restoring democracy and reclaiming people's voting rights.
Secretary general of district unit BNP Toimur Rahman, joint secretary Obaidullah Masud and convener of district Jubo Dal Abu Nur were present, among others.
On January 5, three BNP activists were killed and around 60 people, including several police and Ansar men, were injured as BNP-Jamaat activists clashed with law enforcers and ruling party men at different unions of Thakurgaon Sadar upazila.
Of the dead, Joynal and Harun of Khagrabari village were killed when police opened fire on a group of BNP-Jamaat activists who tried to occupy the Basudebpur Govt Primary School polling centre around 1:00pm.
Abu Hanif, another BNP activist from Shimuldangi village, died during a clash between the ruling party and BNP-Jamaat men at Goreya Gopalpur Govt Primary School centre around 3:00pm. The clash ensued when the opposition men tried to stop polling at the centre.