Police arrested at least 47 people, mostly BNP leaders and activists, in Savar, outside the capital, in last two days on suspicion of planning subversive activities centering “National Revolution and Solidarity Day”.
However, some families alleged that the arrestees did not have any political link.
One Laila Begum alleged that police picked up her nephew Mehedi Hasan, a second-year HSC student of Savar University College, from Aminbazar area where he was returning from Dhaka after shopping.
Waiting in uncertainty before Savar Police Station main entrance, Salma Akter Bristi said, “Police yesterday picked up my brother Abdulah Al Mamun in Savar bazar bus stand area where he was shopping around 7:00pm, He is mere a sewing machine operator at a garment factory. ”
Jahangir Alom, assistant publicity secretary of BNP Ashulia thana unit, claimed that police picked up many of their leaders and activists, including Shromik Dal Ashulia thana unit president Kamal Hossen, from Aminbazar area when they were going to Dhaka to join programmes observing “National Revolution and Solidarity Day”, marking the “civil-military uprising” on November 7, 1975.
Mohsinul Kadir, officer-in-charge of Savar Model Police Station, said many of the arrestees have cases against them. And others were held for their suspicious movement, he added.
Police sent all the arrestees to a Dhaka court which later sent them to jail.