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Twenty arrested from BNP candidate’s house

  • Published at 04:29 pm December 28th, 2018
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Some of the BNP activists and election campaigners, arrested from the residence of BNP nominated candidate for Barisal, Zahir Uddin Swapan, on Friday; December 28, 2018 Dhaka Tribune

The accused were produced before the additional chief judicial magistrate court on Friday afternoon

Police have arrested at least twenty people including leading local BNP activists and election campaigners from the residence of Zahir Uddin Swapan, BNP nominated candidate for Barisal-1 constituency at Sharikal under the Gournadi Upazila of the district on Friday morning.

Gournadi police station Officer-in-Charge (investigation) Mahbubur Rahman said, on receiving information that a secret meeting to commit sabotage is being held at Zahir Uddin’s house, joint forces along with BGB and police raided the spot and arrested 20 BNP leaders and activists including six suspected for committing anti-terrorist activities and 14 suspected for setting fire to the Awami League’s election camp at ward-4 in the Sharikal union.

The accused were produced before the additional chief judicial magistrate court on Friday afternoon. Later they were sent to Barisal jail, police sources added.

Zahir Uddin Swapan alleged that Joint forces including police and BGB raided his house at 2am on Friday morning and launched a search for two hours and arrested at least twenty election workers without any warrant.

The election workers assembled at his house to take guidelines to perform duty as his polling agents at different polling centers and booths on election day, Zahir Uddin added.

Expressing frustration he said, “If this situation prevails, how we can expect conducting a free, fair credible election.”

The arrestees included : Hannan Sharif, Rafikul Islam Kajal, Sajjad Zahir , AL Mamun Swapan, Mahmudul Alam Milon, Arafat Billah Khan, Rashed Mridha, Jewel Sardar, H M Musa, Bayezid Hasan, Sohel Gazi, Rubel Bhuiya, H M Masud Rana, Mubin Mridha, Moazzem Hossain, Chunnu Sardar, Rafikul Islam,Tarek Ahsan, Mezbahus Salekin, Sohel Shikdar.

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