Violence in Naya Paltan: Youth held for setting fire to police vehicle | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, January 11, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 03:15 AM, January 11, 2019

Violence in Naya Paltan: Youth held for setting fire to police vehicle

A youth who allegedly set police vehicle on fire in front of BNP's Naya Paltan central office on November 14 last year, was arrested yesterday, police said.

The arrestee was identified as Wasim, 28. He was detained by a Pallabi Police team from Bihari Camp area around 12:10am, said Abdul Baten, additional commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police at the DMP media centre yesterday.

Asked about his political affiliation, the police official claimed that the arrestee is involved with the politics of BNP. However, he could not say whether Wasim holds any post in the party.

With Wasim, 14 people have been arrested in connection with the cases over assaulting police, setting fire and vandalising police vehicles.

“We are considering this a sensitive case, as the perpetrators went on a frenzy setting fire to police vehicles,” he said.

Asked whether Wasim was named in the FIR, the police official said he was not named, but they identified him analysing photos and video footage.

Claiming that the arrestee primarily admitted to his involvement in the crime, the police official said that the physical evidence as shown in photos that surfaced in media proves that he was involved.

Out of the 14 arrestees, three have given confessional statements before a magistrate, he also said.

On November 14, the third day of BNP's nomination form sale for the general election, clashes broke out between police and BNP supporters, activists in front of the party's central office.

Several people including policemen were hurt.

Also, two police vehicles were set on fire at the spot and some other vehicles were vandalised in the incident.

Immediately afterwards, BNP blamed Awami League men for plotting the violence and police for an unprovoked attack.

After the clash, police sued several BNP men in three separate cases naming 488 people -- including senior BNP leaders Mirza Abbas and Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.

They were sued on charges of attacking police, causing violence and attempting to foil the parliamentary polls, said police.

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