The BNP has demanded the home minister’s explanation on the death of Hanif Mridha in RAB custody on Friday after his family’s statement which contradicted the law enforcers’ claim.
In the backdrop of similar incidents of killing in recent times, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Monday raised question if youth are being abducted by the lawmen and presented as militants for killing them.
Showing a Prothom Alo report on Hanif Mridha’s death, Mirza Fakhrul said, “Which of the claims are true - the RAB’s or the family’s? We demand clear explanation from the home minister.”
“If the family’s version is the true one, then what kind of country we are living in today,” the BNP leader told a discussion meeting at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity.
The RAB claimed that they detained Hanif from near Munmun Kebab in Khilkhet on Friday afternoon after a suicide bomber blew him up at Ashkona camp.
Hanif was said to have died at Kurmitola General Hospital after he complained of chest pain.
His family members told Prothom Alo that the RAB members picked him up from Kanchpur area on 27 February and later took money by forcing him to sign on a cheque book.
Mirza Fakhrul mentioned that many such incidents took place in recent times.
“If the claim of the family is true, we can conclude that this is a deep-rooted conspiracy. These people are being presented as militants to prove existence of militancy. That is a dangerous question,” the BNP leader added.
He warned that the Awami League has initiated a “dangerous game” which, he said, would take the country to an unknown destination.
National People's Party (NPP), a component of the BNP-led 20-party alliance, organised the discussion at DRU.
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