Star Online Report
Police have kept cordoned off the Nayapaltan central office of the main opposition BNP since Thursday morning.
“The members of law enforcement agencies are also not letting anyone to enter or leave the central office since the morning,” alleged Abdul Latif Jony, assistant office secretary of the BNP.
Police were directed to arrest the BNP men if they try to enter or come out of the office, Latif added.
Nearly 500 policemen have been deployed around the party office since 9:30am, Asadul Kabir Shaheen, joint office secretary of the BNP, told The Daily Star.
Meanwhile, Ashrafuzzaman, deputy commissioner (Motijheel zone) of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police, denied the allegation of cordoning off the party office saying that they have only strengthened the security in the wake of Sadeque Hossain Khoka’s direction to the BNP henchmen.
When contacted, Paltan police chief told The Daily Star that the deployment came following the instruction of the “higher authority” to ensure security.
Khoka, vice-chairmen of BNP and also the convener of the party’s Dhaka city unit, on Monday directed the party leaders and activists to keep armed with machetes and axes to counter any attacks while joining the opposition’s October 25 rally in the capital.
The BNP is scheduled to hold a rally on October 25 to press home its key demand for holding the next general election under a caretaker government.
The comment of Khoka triggered huge commotion in the political arena of the country.
Hours into the opposition leader’s comment, Awami League Joint Secretary General Mahbubul Alam Hanif blasted Khoka for his remarks saying that “it is nothing but a direction to provoke opposition leaders and activists”.
Police also raided the Gopibagh residence of Khoka a day after his comment, but failed to arrest him.