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Crackdown, ploy to suppress opposition: BNP
Staff Correspondent
Published :Saturday, 11 June, 2016,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 13
BNP on Friday alleged that the government has taken tactics of suppressing opposition on the pretext of carrying out a crackdown on extremists across the country.
 Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, Secretary General of the party, made the allegation while addressing an Iftar party organised by Bangladesh Khelafat Majlish, an ally of the BNP-led 20-party alliance, at a city hotel.
Among the 20-party leaders, JAGPA President Shafiul Alam Prodhan, NPP Chairman Dr Fariduzzaman Farhad, Jatiya Party (Jafar) Presidium member Ahsan Habib Linkon and Labour Party Chairman Dr Mustafizur Rahman Iran were present at the Iftar Mahfil.   
Fakhrul said, "This crackdown is their strategy with which they earlier used to suppress people's movement. We fear they will again oppress the opposition in the name of conducting a crackdown.motive behind the police drive, the BNP leader said, "The incidents of crossfire or so-called gunfight marked a sharp rise in the name of a combing operation as nine people have already killed within in a short time.""
Raising doubts about the "According to police high up's nine hundred people have been arrested so far, most of them young and opposition party men," Fakhrul added.
Pointing at the recent target killings, Fakhrul said, "No religious people are safe now as the government is creating anarchy in the country in a bid to hang onto power."
He also said there is no alternative to holding a national electing under a non-party administration to get rid of the country's current awful situation.
Earlier, Fakhrul visited wounded BNP leader Azizur Rahman at National Institute of Traumatology and Orthopedic Rehabilitation (NITOR) at Aagargaon in the capital.
On June 2, unidentified miscreants shot Azizur Rahman in the legs through a window while he was asleep at home just two days before the polls, leaving him seriously injured. Doctors amputated his left leg two days back.
Fakhrul said the criminals shot Azizur to kill him, but he is alive by the grace of Allah. "He is a freedom fighter and very popular in his area. Even after he was shot before the polls, people elected him with huge votes," he added.
He said the attack on Azizur once again exposed that there is no democracy, the rule of law and public security in the country.

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