11:06 AM, January 05, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:43 PM, January 05, 2019

People should stand against violence: Fakhrul

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir today called upon the people of the country to stand against the violence spree centering the December 30 election.

“We call upon the countrymen as well as the Election Commission to bring an end to this violence,” Mirza Fakhrul said at a press brief at a Cumilla restaurant, on his way to Noakhali today.

He is going to Noakhali to visit the woman who was raped at midnight of December 31.

The BNP leader condemned the rape incident and said this is an example of the pre and post-polls violence spree all across the country.

Awami League and the country’s administration turned into public enemies through stealing votes in this election yet again, he further said.

What happened in Noakhali?

A mother of four was gang-raped in Noakhali's Subarnachar area on December 31 allegedly by 10 to 12 Awami League activists.

The 35-year-old woman, who was being treated at Noakhali General Hospital with severe injuries, claimed that she was raped for voting for “sheaf of paddy”, the electoral symbol of the BNP, during Sunday’s national polls. 

The woman alleged the rapists were accomplices of Ruhul Amin, a former member of Char Jubilee Union Parishad. “They had repeatedly insisted that I should vote for boat [the AL's symbol] but I cast my ballot for 'sheaf of paddy',” she said.

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