BNP: Fahim's killing to hide 'real incident'

18 June,2016

RTNN News Desk: Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Saturday alleged that the government has killed militant suspect Golam Faizullah alias Fahim in ‘crossfire’ to conceal the mystery behind a terrorist attack on Madaripur college teacher Ripon Chakrabarty.

Speaking at a press briefing at the party’s central office in Dhaka, BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi also alleged that the incident demonstrates the government link to extremism as well as the series of recent killings.

‘It could be known whether he (Fahim) was a militant and who else was involved with the militant network by examining his statements through the legal process. The truth could be divulged through interrogating him in remand, but the government killed him in crossfire burying the fact. It didn’t allow the facts to come into light,’ Rizvi said.

He further said, ‘We had earlier said the State has links with terrorism and every killing, and our chairperson had also said the government is involved with extremism. Today’s incident (Fahim’s murder) has again exposed that the government is behind the militancy.’

Earlier today, Fahim, who was on police custody for 10-days in connection with the attempt on the life of college teacher Ripon Chakrabarty, was killed in a reported gunfight between his associates and police at Miarchar in Madaripur Sadar.

Chakrabarty, a mathematics lecturer of Madaripur Government Naziumuddin College, was hacked by Ripon and some other criminals at his residence in the district town on Wednesday afternoon. Locals caught Fahim while fleeing after the attack and handed him over to police.

Rizvi said Awami League and militancy are twins who revel in bloodshed.

The BNP leader accused the government of cracking down on the opposition in the name of an operation to catch militants.

‘The government has staged a superb drama by carrying out a combing operation against the opposition in the name of curbing militancy. Cases are being filed and probes are being carried out, but the real killers remain out of touch and the mystery behind the incidents unsolved,’ he observed.

Rizvi said the government was never serious about conducting the combing operation to tackle militant activities. ‘Instead, its main agenda was to brand the activists of a democratic movement and BNP men as militants.’

He said though the weeklong operation ended Friday night, the law enforcers have continued arresting BNP leaders and activists in different parts of the country, including Feni, Khulna, Gaibandha, Bagerhat and Natore.

He said people rightly have doubts and questions about the combing operation as the government’s intention was not good and it is insincere about eliminating militancy.

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