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Mahbub, Selima, 2 more BNP leaders detained

Over 100 arrested in joint forces drives

Staff Correspondent

The detectives on Tuesday detained four leaders of Bangladesh Nationalist Party including the party chairperson’s adviser Khandker Mahbub Hossain, vice-president Selima Rahman, lawmaker Nazimuddin Ahmed and organising secretary Fazlul Haque Milon.
Plainclothes police arrested Bangladesh Bar Council vice-chairman Mahbub Hossain in front of the National Press Club while he was coming out of the club after attending a programme.
The lawyer was then taken to Detective Branch headquarters at Minto Road, said Dhaka Metropolitan Police deputy commissioner (media and public relation) Masudur Rahman.
Mahbub’s junior M Masud Rana told New Age that a team of DB police detained Mahbub from the press club area at about 2:00pm, when he was leaving the premises in an ambulance after attending a discussion.
The police said that Khandker
Mahbub was arrested for making ‘provocative’ statements at a public meeting on December 28, a day before the BNP-led alliance’s ‘March for Democracy’ to Dhaka.
‘The opposition activists had unleashed violence in the city over the next two days following his remarks,’ said Masud.
DB police also arrested BNP vice-chairman Selima Rahman at her Gulshan house in the evening, Masud said.
Selima was detained few minutes after she declared the 12-hour extension of the ongoing countrywide general strike enforced by the BNP-led alliance.
The police first raided her house to detain her but did not find her. Later, they raided her brother’s flat in the same building and detained her, said BNP assistant office secretary Shamimur Rahman, who was with Selima when she was detained.
Meanwhile, pro-BNP lawyers protested the arrest of Khandker Mahbub and brought out a procession on the Supreme Court premises demanding his immediate release.
In an impromptu briefing, Supreme Court Bar Association president AJ Mohammad Ali condemned the arrest and said that DB arrested Mahbub while he was returning to Supreme Court after attending a discussion meeting.
Ali said Mahbub was arrested because of his remarks against the ‘January 5 farcical’ parliamentary elections.
Besides, DB also detained two former lawmakers of BNP; Nazimuddin Alam and Fazlul Haque Milon, from a residence at Baridhara area in the capital.
Police raided the house at 3:30pm and detained the two BNP leaders.
Police also detained opposition leader Zainal Abdin Farroque, ABM Ashrafuddin Nizam and Lion Harunur Rashid, but released them afterwards. 
On November 8, police arrested BNP standing committee members Moudud Ahmed, MK Anwar and Rafiqul Islam Mia, opposition leader Khaleda Zia’s special assistant Shamsur Rahman Shimul Biswas and the BNP chairperson’s adviser Abdul Awal Mintoo.
Police arrested the party joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi on November 30. Police also arrested BNP leaders ASM Hannan Shah and Sadek Hossain Khoka in different times.
Meanwhile in Jessore, Joint forces have detained 86 BNP and Jamaat leaders and activists from various upazilas of the district till Tuesday morning on charges of attacks on polling centres before and during Sunday’s polling.
New Age correspondent in Rangpur reported that at least 23 activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir were arrested from different upazilas of Rangpur for their alleged involvement in creating violence during national polls.
The Superintendent of Police Abdur Razzak said that the arrestees were sent to jail through court.
New Age Sylhet correspondent said that police had arrested 19 persons, including five Shibir activists, from different places in Sylhet city on Tuesday.
Sylhet Metropolitan Police additional deputy commissioner Mohammad Ayub told New Age that the lawmen arrested them on charge of conducting subversive activities at the Bandarbazar and other areas.
In Chittagong, Police have detained six activists of Shibir after bomb explosions in the city. One of those detained suffered bullet wounds in police firing.
When asked about the operations by joint forces, inspector general of police Hasan Mahmood Khandaker told newsmen that they have identified some of the violence prone areas where they would continue their drives.

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