Police in Chittagong yesterday foiled a conference organised by the Chittagong unit of Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) in Boalkhali upazila.
As per the constitution of CPB, the party has to organise the conference every two years.
Participants of the conference alleged that police threatened them with grave consequences if the programme continued.
Prof Asok Saha, general secretary of CPB's Chittagong unit, told The Daily Star that their application seeking permission to hold the conference was refused earlier by police.
Yesterday, soon after they gathered for the conference at Boakhali Shahid Minar, police swooped on them and drove them out, he alleged.
The party workers then tried to hold the programme at a community centre, but police locked the centre from outside, dispersed them from the spot and threatened them of serious consequences if they further attempted to hold the programme, Prof Asok said.
Contacted, Himansu Das Rana, officer-in-charge of Boalkhali Police Station, denied the allegation and said, “[When] we saw anti-government writings in their festoons and placards, we urged them to get rid of those.
But, they did not pay heed to our call. They themselves didn't want to hold the programme.”