Fakhrul: Political motives behind Razakars list

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The BNP leader was speaking at a rally on Tuesday before the Naya Paltan party office in Dhaka

Bangladesh Nationalist Party Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has alleged that the list of Razakars has been prepared with a view to serving the political purposes of the ruling Awami League.

Stating that the Awami League was using the 1971 Liberation War as a “political pawn,” he said: “Making a Razakars’ list and a freedom fighters’ list while leaving out real freedom fighters and razakars is a plot to by the AL to serve its political goals.”  

The BNP leader was speaking at a rally on Tuesday before the Naya Paltan party office in Dhaka. 

Following Mirza Fakhrul’s remarks, thousands of BNP activists and supporters marched from Naya Paltan to Malibagh intersection before returning to the party office.

Leaders and activists of BNP at the victory day rally arranged by the party in Dhaka on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 | Focus Bangla

Questioning the accuracy of the list and emphasizing the apparent ‘errors’ (reported inclusion of freedom fighters and exclusion of Razakars) in the list, he said: “They [Awami League] have said that it has been done by Pakistan. When it is prepared by Pakistan, it will not be your list, this country’s list, my friends.”

Calling for the immediate release of Begum Khaleda Zia, he warned: “Unless she is freed, democracy will never be restored.”

He also alleged that those who talked about democracy were being incarcerated or went missing.

Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, a member of the BNP’s Standing Committee, said: “Peace, happiness, sadness, everything is centred around a single party. This is depriving the people of the country (of their rights).”

On the occasion of Victory Day and demanding the release of Khaleda Zia, he said: “Khaleda Zia has been sent to jail on instructions from the high-ups of the government.”

He expressed his deep dismay at the fact that the political opposition had been observing Victory Day without Begum Zia.

Speaking at the event, BNP Standing Committee member Mirza Abbas said: “We could not release Khaleda Zia through a protest movement, and therefore this failure to do so falls squarely on us.”

He, however, expressed the hope that Begum Zia would soon be freed.

Among others, Joint Secretary General Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal and Standing Committee member Selima Rahman were present at the program.

Meanwhile, police have arrested seven BNP leaders in Narayanganj over their alleged obstruction to the law enforcers’ performance of duty and indulging in acts of disruption in the course of the party’s procession marking Victory Day.

Four of them were detained on Monday during an event at the city, while the other three were nabbed in the early hours of Tuesday, said police.

Six of the arrestees were identified as BNP’s district unit General Secretary Mamum Mahmud, city unit General Secretary ATM Kamal, Ward No 17 unit President Md Hossain Kajal, and Jatiyatabadi Swechhasebak Dal leaders Rakib, Kamrul and Mamun.