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12:00 AM, February 24, 2021 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:47 AM, February 24, 2021

Govt making list of ‘fake’ freedom fighters: BNP

BNP yesterday alleged that the government is making a list of "fake" freedom fighters comprising Awami League supporters and their relatives who did not join the Liberation War in 1971.

"Those who are now in power did not fight the Liberation War. They did not witness how the war took place in the battlefield. That's why they want to snatch the title from real freedom fighters," said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.

Speaking at a human chain, he alleged, "They (govt) are making a list of fake freedom fighters comprising those belonging to Awami League."

Referring to BNP senior leader and gallantry title recipient freedom fighter Hafizuddin Ahmed's remark, Rizvi said only 80,000 freedom fighters had fought the Liberation War in 1971.

"But Awami League is making the list of 2.5 lakh freedom fighters. They are including the names of their relatives and grandchildren, who were not born in 1971, in the list of freedom fighters," he alleged. 

Doctors' Association of Bangladesh (DAB) arranged the programme in front of Jatiya Press Club, protesting a move to revoke BNP founder Ziaur Rahman's "Bir Uttam" title.

Rizvi warned that those who are making "evil efforts" to revoke Zia's Bir Uttam title will one day be tried in a "people's court".

He said he was shocked seeing Al Jazeera's recent report on Bangladesh.  "Criminals have been pardoned by the state, but the law and home ministers said they do not know anything about it. This is how the government is doing evil acts and injustice by introducing a mafia system," the BNP leader alleged.

He said AL needs a "mafia system" to run the country as it has "obliterated" democracy, freedom of expression and press freedom only to cling to power.

Rizvi said the government has taken a move to remove Zia's gallantry title to divert people's attention from its "misdeeds" exposed by the Al Jazeera report.

The BNP leader said it is the government, not Zia, who will get humiliated if his Bir Uttam title is revoked.

Nothing will happen to Ziaur Rahman as he is a well-established freedom fighter. He declared independence and inspired the nation to fight for independence, Rizvi added.

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