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Govt prolongs political impasse to stay in power

302 opposition men killed or disappeared in a month

New Age Online

BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia said Tuesday the government has been prolonging the current political stalemate only to remain in power and that’s why they have taken a mission to cleanse the opposition’s leaders and activists.
‘They are sponsoring state run terrorism to wipe out the opposition’s leaders and activists,’ she said adding, the ruling AL has been engaged in ‘wholesale killings’ to this end.
Khaleda Zia alleged that some 302 leaders and activists of her party and allies have been either murdered or subjected to forced disappearance between December 26 to January 27.
AFP adds: Zia, a two-time former premier who heads the BNP, said security forces and ruling party activists were behind the killings and forced disappearance of her supporters.
Zia said the party had collected information on the incidents that occurred between December 26 and January 27 and also included some 29,262 arrests of opposition supporters.
‘According to the information collected at BNP headquarters, in one month 242 opposition leaders and activists were killed and 60 were victims of enforced disappearances,’ Zia told reporters.
‘The real picture is more shocking. The incidents of killings, enforced disappearances and torture of targeted opposition workers and leaders have become commonplace,’ she said.
The BNP chief made the remarks while addressing a press briefing this afternoon at Hotel Westin, in the capital Dhaka.
Khaleda Zia said the people of the country had been cheated by Awami League through the 'farcical' January 5 polls and that is why they (AL) do not deserve talking about the peoples’ welfare.
‘We did not commit any mistake by boycotting the polls. It is the government who made mistakes,’ she said while responding to a reporter. 
She demanded proper investigation into the murders of political leaders and activists and a fair trial.
AFP adds: She also branded Hasina's secular Awami League government ‘illegal’, claiming it only received five percent of the votes in the election. The Election Commission put the turnout at around 40 percent.
Zia also renewed her call for a fresh poll to be overseen by a neutral caretaker government.




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