AL, BNP file cases over attack on Khaleda’s motorcade

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Mahbub Uddin Khokon says over 100 youths attacked the motorcade chanting ‘Joy Bangla’ slogan in the name of Chhatra League

After the attack on Khaleda Zia’s motorcade at Karwan Bazar on Monday, a ruling party leader filed a case alleging that the security personnel of the BNP chief had fired gunshots at them.

Biplob Kumar Sarker, deputy commissioner of police’s Tejgaon division, told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday that two separate cases were filed over the incident. “We are now investigating both the cases and hope to bring the perpetrators to book.”

Jahirul Haque Jillu, president of ward 26 unit Awami League, filed a case with Tejgaon police accusing 100 unnamed BNP activists and leaders, and members of the Chairperson’s Security Force (CSF) for injuring five leaders and activists of the ruling party.

Jillu claimed that the CSF men had fired six rounds of bullets at him, but he survived. “Another CSF personnel punched me for no reason. When I fell on the footpath, two CSF men started to beat me up with steel pipe.”

The plaintiff claimed that the attack on Khaleda’s motorcade was a result of factional clash between two groups of BNP supporters, backed by councillor candidates Iqbal Patwary and Solaiman Nabi.

Asked about the presence of Chhatra league activists on the spot, he claimed that they all were locals.

BNP chief Khaleda’s motorcade came under attack in Karwan Bazar area when she was speaking at a rally near the kitchen market around 6pm, seeking votes for Dhaka north mayoral candidate Tabith M Awal.

The party later in the day announced hartal for today alleging that the ruling party men had attempted to kill Khaleda.

The Tejgaon deputy commissioner claimed that Khaleda had not informed police beforehand about her visit. “Our officials on duty in the area tried their best to quell the situation.”

BNP leader Mahbub Uddin Khokon filed the other case yesterday noon with Tejgaon police accusing 100 unnamed ruling party men for launching attack on Khaleda’s motorcade. He lodged the case on behalf of Chief Coordinator of the CSF Maj Gen Fazle Elahi Akbar.

The plaintiff alleged that the ruling party men had fired gunshots targeting Khaleda’s vehicle. The case says over 100 youths attacked the motorcade chanting “Joy Bangla” slogan in the name of Chhatra League.

It says senior BNP leader Selima Rahman, four CSF members, two drivers and an office staff were injured in the attack.

Source: Dhaka Tribune