BNP leaders avoiding arrest for strategic reasons, say its leaders

“This is a political decision, not their personal decision,” BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan said while addressing a human chain in front of National Press Club in the morning.

Former student leaders of RUCSU organised the human chain demanding the release of BNP joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvia, a former RUCSU VP.

BNP leaders, including Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, Dr Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, MK Anwar, Brig Gen (retd) Hannan Shah, Mirza Abbas, Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, Sadeque Hossain Khoka, Amanullah Aman, Fazlul Huq Milon and Nazimuddin Alam, went into hiding following the filing of cases accusing them of torching a bus in front of the Prime Minister’s office and bomb explosion at the Secretariat during April 29 hartal.

Addressing another human chain organised by Deshnetri Forum in front of National Press Club, another standing committee member of BNP Barrister Moudud Ahmed said the current movement cannot be halted by filing cases.

“Rather, it would spur the movement to force the government to return missing Ilias Ali and hold the next general election under non-party caretaker government.”

He said the incident of setting fire to a bus in front of the PM’s office and explosion of bomb at Bangladesh Secretariat were “preplanned by the government.”

Moudud, a former Law Minister, said the government has laid a “siege to the Supreme Court” so that the opposition leaders who have been implicated in two cases cannot take shelter in the court.

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