BNP leaders hiding themselves amid cases and arrests: A closer look at the current situation

BNP leaders hiding themselves amid cases and arrests: A closer look at the current situation

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Three coaches of the Jamuna Express were set on fire after miscreants set fire to the train near Sarisabari railway station in Jamalpur on the midnight of 18 November. Following the incident, the Assistant Station Master registered a case accusing almost all important leaders of BNP and its four associate bodies Jamalpur district and Sadar and Sarisabari upazila units.

As the leaders of BNP, Chhatra Dal, Jubo Dal, Swachhasebak Dal, Krishak Dal and Matshajibi Dal went into hiding, Jamalpur district is left almost without any BNP element.

The situation across the country is more or less similar to the situation in Jamalpur district, and such a situation arose when a grand BNP rally was foiled in the face of police action in Dhaka on October 28. Many leaders and activists have been arrested in new cases while those remaining have gone into hiding.

BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia has been ill for quite some time and is undergoing treatment at a hospital in Dhaka after being released from jail on executive order. Acting Speaker Tariq Rehman, who has been convicted in several cases, has been in Britain for one and a half decades. 20 top leaders of the party including Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir are now behind bars.

There are more than 600 leaders holding top positions as Presidents/Convenors and General Secretaries/Member Secretaries of BNP, Jubo Dal, Chhatra Dal and Swachhsebak Dal at district and city levels across the country. According to reports sent by Prothom Alo correspondents, 85 leaders holding top positions in various units of the BNP and its three affiliated bodies have already been arrested, 386 leaders are in hiding, while according to local sources, 149 leaders may be They are rarely seen in their area and mostly stay away from home.

Among them, five top leaders of Dhaka City North unit including convener Amanullah Aman and member secretary Aminul Haq, Dhaka City South unit member secretary Rafiqul Islam and acting member secretary Tanveer Hasan and three joint convenors have been arrested, while Jubo Dal general secretary Abdul Monam has been arrested. Has already been put behind bars.

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