BNP international affairs secretary Asaduzzaman Ripon on Wednesday termed ‘evil tactic and misleading’ the ‘campaign of issuance of read alert against their senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman by the International Criminal Police Organization - Interpol’.
Addressing a press briefing at the party’s Nayapaltan central office,he also said there is no scope for keeping BNP under pressure by Interpol.
“The government being over overenthusiastic is carrying out propaganda against Tarique Rahman. Their efforts (govt) to disappoint the nationalist forces by talking about Interpol won’t succeed. We condemn the government’s such move,” he said.
According to the Interpol website, the red notice has been issued upon Tarique on charge of ‘murder and explosion of hand grenade in the August 21, 2004 public rally of Awami League. The name and details, including photograph of Tarique, now in London, have been posted as a wanted person on the Interpol website.
However, there is no date mentioned in the red notice issued by the international body of the police.
Ripon alleged that a quarter within in the government without the knowledge of the Prime Minister has been staging a drama over the read alert against Tarique.
The BNP leader said Tarique is not a fugitive as he has been undergoing treatment in the UK.
Mentioning that Tarique Rahman and Sajeeb Wazed Joy are the future leaders of the country, Ripon said it will not bring anything good for the country’s politics if they are maligned.
There is no alternative to reaching an understanding for the expansion of democracy, the BNP leader said, adding that they hope the government through a meaningful consensus will move the country forward overcoming the political crisis.
Tarique, living in London since 2008, was charged with Aug 21 grenade attack case in 2010.
At least 24 people, including late President Zillur Rahman's wife Ivy Rahman, dead, and over 200 injured in the grisly grenade attack on a public meeting of Awami League (AL) at Bangabandhu Avenue on Aug 21, 2004. The then AL chief, now Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, narrowly escaped death during the attack.