32 BNP, Jamaat men arrested

January 11, 2014

Joint forces arrested 32 activists of BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami in four districts on Thursday night and Friday. The joint forces — composed of Border Guard Bangladesh, Rapid Action Battalion and the police — arrested at least 1,000 opposition activists from Tuesday to Thursday across the country. Officials said they arrested the opposition activists over allegation of violence, arson attack and vandalism during the BNP-led alliance hartal and blockade.
New Age correspondent in Jaipurhat said that the forces arrested seven BNP, Jamaat and Shibir activists in four upazilas.
Police super Hamidul Alam said that the forces conducted raids in Panchbibi, Khetlal, Kalai and Sadar.
They were held on charges of involvement in subversive activities during the recent hartal and blockade programme of the 18-party alliance, he said.
In Bagerhat, police arrested four BNP and Jamaat activists from Kochubunia under Morelganj early Friday for their suspected involvement in torching two temples Wednesday night.
The arrestee was identified as Akkas Ali, general secretary of ward 1 of Ramchandrapur union of Jamaat and BNP activists Mintu, Isahaq and Halim of Uttar Kochubunia.
Some miscreants set fire to Sri Sri Radha-Gobinda Mandir and Kali Mandir pouring kerosene at Uttar Kochubunia Wednesday night.
In Brahminbaria, joint forces arrested five BNP and Jamaat activists from different upazilas on charge of subversive activities during hartal and blockade, said Brahminbaria police (special branch) officer-in-charge Mainuddin Khan.
In Chittagong, at least 16 Jamaat-Shibri activists were arrested in drives of joint force from Fatikchari on Thursday night, said Fatikchari police officer-in-charge Shahjahan Bhuyan.

-Input from New Age

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