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Commentary

Government should know that days of reckoning have arrived and punishing BNP is futile

08 December 2022
Government should know that days of reckoning have arrived and punishing BNP is futile


Holding public assemblies is a constitutional right and must be obeyed by the police also. It hurts us to see the abuse of police power for keeping the government in power, legitimate or not.
Police are not above law or the Constitution. A third party intervention is also involved bracing this authoritarian government essential for safety and change. Since this government is afraid of the public gatherings and seen as a threat, such gatherings must be suppressed.
 This government is to stop public gatherings in Dhaka in protest of public miseries for the misdeeds of the government including plundering. The problem is dictators are their own enemies. The present huge people's gatherings are not about party politics. Punishing BNP will not end pubic uprising against anger and frustration for their problems of unbearable economic hardship that they have been subjected to through plundering the country.
There are many who suspect that India is encouraging the present government to be too much anti-people and too much sure to continue in power. The impression is dangerous and must do everything that they are with people.  
Indeed, the job and responsibility of the cops is to suppress crimes. In that consideration, they can conduct drives to catch criminals anytime they want. However, if
    
the drive precedes a pre-scheduled rally of the opposition on December 10 in Dhaka, it raises questions. There grows doubts and suspicions in people's minds about the purpose of the special drive. Police have already started arrest drives when the political arena is quite heated ahead of the BNP's rally.
When the BNP senior leaders were holding a press conference inside the party office on Wednesday, a fierce clash broke out outside the BNP office between party activists and police when both sides locked in chase and counter-chase over an issue of road blocking in Nayapaltan area. Police fired rubber bullets and lobbed the tear shell canisters which they claimed to contain the situation. Earlier, armoured vehicles, water cannon and prison vans as well as a striking force including SWAT were deployed in the Nayapaltan area around noon.
During the clashes, at least one person was killed and 100 others were injured. Police also picked up around 100 BNP leaders and workers including Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, Joint Secretary General Amanullah Aman and Publicity Secretary Shahiduddin Chowdhury Annie. BNP Standing Committee member Mirza Abbas told the briefing that the government should offer an acceptable alternative venue for their rally on December 10. If it does not, then they would hold the rally in front of the party office at Nayapaltan as scheduled.
Earlier, newspaper reports, quoting the police headquarters, said police arrested 3,860 people between Friday and Sunday in the nationwide special drive in connection with 1,138 cases.  BNP claims 1,315 of their leaders and activists have been arrested in Dhaka and other districts between November 30 and December 5 in 'fictitious,' 'ghost' or pending cases.  
At the moment the office of the BNP in Dhaka is fully under control of the police.

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