Bangladesh Police Arrest Key Opposition Leader

Fakhrul Islam Alamgir (C), secretary general of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), is escorted following his arrest in Dhaka on Jan. 6, 2015
Fakhrul Islam Alamgir (C), secretary general of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), is escorted following his arrest in Dhaka on Jan. 6, 2015

Police in Bangladesh have arrested the deputy leader of the country’s main opposition party following two days of protests that left four dead and dozens more injured.

Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, secretary-general of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), was arrested Tuesday after leaving the National Press Club in the capital, Dhaka, where he had taken shelter.

His detention comes as BNP Chief Khaleda Zia remains confined to her office in Dhaka by police seeking to prevent her from joining opposition protests.

Thousands of police have been deployed across the city as opposition protests enter a second day. Four anti-government protesters were killed Monday in Bangladesh in clashes with security forces.

The demonstrations mark the anniversary of last year’s general election, which brought the Awami League party of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to power for a second consecutive term. The vote was boycotted by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party and 19 other opposition parties that claimed the outcome would be rigged.

The political rivalry intensified recently when Prime Minister Hasina announced rallies to celebrate the anniversary of her re-election, and Khaleda called for anti-government protests.

Source: VOA

1 COMMENT

  1. It is now clear to the people of Bangladesh and all over the world that Awami League is the greatest threat to democracy in Bangladesh. This movement of people may not die down on any assurances what so ever until Hasina Mia actually hands over power to a caretaker government to hold a credible and inclusive election.

    BNP led 20 Party opposition showed maximum restraint (for last 12 months) for a peaceful settlement of the current political deadlock by dialogue in order to hold an election that is acceptable to the people. Hasina’s regime will have to take all responsibilities from now on if anything goes wrong (all buses and trains are burnt, all garments are set on fire etc.) and any inconvenience created to the citizens of this country.

    It looks like that law enforcing agency people will soon join the people as they do not want to risk their lives to support an immoral, corrupt and brutal regime.
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