BNP leader Fakhrul’s motorcade comes under attack in Chittagong
11:14 AM, June 18, 2017 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:55 PM, June 19, 2017

BNP leader Fakhrul’s motorcade comes under attack in Chittagong

  • Several BNP leaders including Fakhrul hurt
  • 5 vehicles vandalised at Ichhakhali Bazar
  • Rangamati trip cancelled
  • Demo tomorrow, Khaleda condemns attack

After being injured in an attack in Ichhakhali Bazar in Rangunia of Chittagong this morning, Sunday, June 18, 2017, the BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir along with other party leaders take shelter at a mosque in the nearby area. Photo: Courtesy

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and his motorcade came under attack in Chittagong’s Rangunia this morning when he was en route to visit the landslide-affected areas.

Terming the attack “an example of the government’s intolerance”, Fakhrul said it does not want to give BNP any scope to stand by the people, Fakhrul alleged.

The attack seemed like an attempt to kill, said BNP standing committee member Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury, who was with Fakhrul inside the vehicle.

Amid heavy rain, the youths started hitting the vehicles with sharp weapons, iron rods and big stones, he said.

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7 BNP men detained in Dhaka during protest

Police today picked up seven activists of BNP during a protest in Nayapaltan area of Dhaka.

Leaders and activists of BNP brought out a procession in front of its Nayapaltan office to protest the attack on the party’s secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and his motorcade in Chittagong.

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The damaged vehicle of BNP leader Amir Khasru, Mirza Fakhrul, party Vice Chairman Maj Gen (retd) Nurul Alam Chowdhury and party’s Chittagong divisional organising secretary Mahbubur Rahman Shamim were travelling on when it came under attack at Ichhakhali Bazar in Rangunia upazila of Chittagong on Sunday, June 18, 2017. Photo: Dwaipayan Barua

During the protest, law enforcers detained six to seven activists to clear obstacles on the roads, said Shiblee Noman, additional deputy commissioner (Motijheel division) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police.

The damaged vehicle of BNP leader Amir Khasru, Mirza Fakhrul, party Vice Chairman Maj Gen (retd) Nurul Alam Chowdhury and party’s Chittagong divisional organising secretary Mahbubur Rahman Shamim were travelling on when it came under attack at Ichhakhali Bazar in Rangunia upazila of Chittagong on Sunday, June 18, 2017. Photo: Dwaipayan Barua

BNP demo tomorrow

The BNP will stage demonstration across the country tomorrow protesting the attack on Fakhrul’s motorcade.

The party will stage demonstration in district and thana headquarters, Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, BNP senior joint secretary general, made the announcement at a press briefing in Comilla district BNP office this afternoon.

He said, “This attack is an alarming sign for the democracy. The heinous attack was launched on the BNP leaders so that they cannot see the failure of the government in the Chittagong Hill Tracts.”

Contacted, Imtiaz Bhuyan, officer-in-charge (OC) of Rangunia Police Station, told the daily that law enforcers had information that a BNP delegation would visit Rangamati today but they are yet to gather details of the attack.

The death toll in landslides stood at 153 in five hill districts including Rangamati, the worst affected area where 115 people died so far.

 

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