The BNP yesterday said the death of a convicted militant in a “shootout” with the police was “a government bid to conceal the truth” behind the snatching of three convicts.
It also claimed the government was “staging a mysterious drama” to divert local and international attention from the second phase of the upazila polls slated for Thursday.
Rakib Hasan Russell, the JMB militant, was recaptured five hours after he was snatched along with two other JMB convicts from police custody on Dhaka-Mymensingh highway on Sunday. He was killed in Mirzapur of Tangail early yesterday.
BNP acting secretary general Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said much information on the militants could have been gleaned from Rakib.
“But instead of doing so, he has been killed in crossfire. This means the government wants to suppress something,” Fakhrul told reporters after placing wreath at the grave of late president and BNP founder Ziaur Rahman in the capital's Sher-e-Bangla Nagar.
He said the killing of the JMB man had given rise to many questions in people's mind. “What is the mystery behind this?” he asked.
Expressing concern over the snatching of the three JMB men, Fakhrul said adequate security had not been ensured when the police were taking the militants to a Mymensingh court from Gazipur.
It was totally a failure of the government, he added.
Meanwhile, BNP Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi Ahmed said the militancy issue being thrust to the fore ahead of the upazila election was mysterious. He added the government was staging a drama with an ulterior motive.