BNP acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Friday termed mysterious the fire at Bangla daily 'Amar Desh' office and demanded a fair investigation into the incident.
"It's a planned plot to demolish Amar Desh," he said after visiting the fire-ravaged office of the newspaper in yesterday afternoon.
Fakhrul further said it is necessary to carry out a fair probe into the mysterious fire incident.
A fire broke out at the office of Bangla daily 'Amar Desh' on the top floor of the 11-storey building, Bangladesh Steel and Engineering Corporation (BSEC) Bhaban, at the capital's Karwan Bazar that also houses a number of media outlets on Friday noon.
On information, 20 firefighting units rushed in and put out the blaze after two hours of hectic efforts.
The fire also disrupted transmission of private TV channels ntv and Rtv for several hours.
The reason behind the fire and the extent of losses caused by it could not yet be ascertained, said Fire Service and Civil Defence deputy director (Dhaka division) Zahirul Amin Miah.
Earlier Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu also visited the spot and assured of a fair investigation into the incident.
Meanwhile, Fakhrul in a statement described the fire incident as a well-designed act of sabotage.
Condemning the incident, he demanded the government mete out exemplary punishment to those involved in the incident after identifying them through a fair investigation.
Besides, BNP joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi alleged that the government agents carried out the fire incident in a cool brain.
Addressing a press briefing at BNP's Nayaplatan central office, he also alleged that the government which have failed to subdue Amar Desh acting editor Mahmudur Rahman carried out the fire incident to mentally and financially affect him. ?UNB