Police Attack on BNP Activists in Chattogram: ASK’s Strong Condemnation

On the occasion of the 43rd founding anniversary of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), the police beat the party activists with sticks while they were going to attend a discussion meeting at the party office at Kazir Deuri Nasimon Bhaban in Chittagong. At that time, seven leaders and activists were detained in the procession on their way to the party office. Besides, several leaders and activists were injured due to the beating by the police. Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK) strongly condemns the incident.
Citizens have the constitutional and political right to hold peaceful rallies and processions. The incident of the police attack on a peaceful procession of BNP leaders and activists in the party office in Chittagong is highly reprehensible. In a democratic state, such behavior by law enforcement force is not desirable. This further reinforces the long-standing allegation of opposition political parties that “law enforcement force has become the government’s baton force.” At the same time, such obstruction undermines the normal democratic process which is a threat to the political stability of the state.
The relentless efforts of the law enforcement agencies to maintain peace and order in the country is waned due to such unexpected and unconstitutional behavior. Therefore, ASK demands a halt in the use of such excessive power and held those responsible for it. ASK hopes that the law enforcement agencies will play their due role in establishing all kinds of rights of the citizens without obstructing in the establishment of political rights of the people.

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