BNP senior leader Gayeshwar Chandra Roy on Tuesday alleged that Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal president and Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu had led an armed attack on then Home Minister Captain M Mansur Ali’s residence on March 17, 1974.
“I’d involvement with JSD in 1974. We’d a decision of laying a siege to then Home Minister’s residence protesting arrest and repression. We’re not informed that an armed attack would be launched from the programme as it was the secret plan of Inu and Col Taher’s brother Anwar Hossain,” he told a discussion meeting.
Gayeshwar continued: “We’d been chanting slogans and waiting to get into the minister’s home after having permission to submit a memorandum containing our demands. But suddenly a group led by Anwar and Inu had started firing towards the residence.”
Jatiyatabadi Tanti Dal arranged the discussion at the Jatiya Press Club.
Gayeshwar, a BNP standing committee member, came down hard on Inu for calling BNP chief Khaleda Zia a firebomb leader. “Inu had first introduced armed politics and terrorism against democracy in Bangladesh. It’s a historical fact.”
Describing the death of Buet’s meritorious student Nikhil Chandra Saha in a bomb blast, the BNP leader said, “Nikhil was from a very poor family, but he was very meritorious. The results he had put in record in Buet, no student could outshine it over the next 10 years. Nikhil was to join Buet as a lecturer in 1974. One day, JSD called a hartal against the then government at that time. Nikhil was given the charge to make bombs for using during that hartal.”
Later, he said, “Nikhil along with some JSD men went to an abandoned house at Jatrabari to make bombs. Unfortunately, a bomb set off in Nikhil’s hand, killing three to four people and badly injuring the Buet student. He later died at Dhaka Medical College.”
After his death, Gayeshwar claimed, Inu named the hand bomb as Nikhil showing respect to the meritorious engineer. “You (reporters) can ask the information minister whether the name of hand bombs was Nikhil.”
Referring to Awami League presidium member Sheikh Selim’s remarks that Inu had created the ground for the murder of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the BNP leader said. “How Inu can still bark if Awami League believes he has a link to the August 15 incident. The fact is that Inu has no alternative to barking to save himself.”
He cautioned Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina that the hired people like Inu will not be able to resist her fall. “Only democracy can rescue you and help you overcome the crisis.”
The BNP leader said the government will not be able to cling to power with the help of police and resorting to crossfire.
Accusing some BNP leaders of plotting against their party, he also warned them though the party forgave the conspirators of 1/11, this time no one will either pardon them or save them if they indulge in conspiracy against the party.