Additional Commissioner of DMP, DB Chief Mohammad Haroon Or Rasheed, said that the central leaders of BNP, who are on remand, have accepted the responsibility of sabotaging several rounds of siege, including the attack on the residence of the Chief Justice and the burning of the BRTC bus from the BNP’s general meeting in Paltan of the capital. They even commented that such sabotage was not right.
He disclosed this information while talking to reporters at his office on Minto Road in the capital on Wednesday (November 8).
He said, first of all, the central leaders who are on remand with us were saying that sabotage was not done by our party people, it seems that someone else did it. They were skeptical about it. Then they (BNP activists) were shown the CCTV footage we have, the video made by the smart team.
We said, you were on stage, leading the rally. Besides, they saw in the video, who played the role of the central leaders who were on the stage on the day of the rally. Where is Sultan Salahuddin running with a stick, where is Rabiul Islam Nayan setting fire, the gunpowder that we found from the house of former central leader of Chhatra Dal, Abu Saeed Mintu, has given Mintu’s confession. After seeing everything, they (central leaders) also expressed grief. They say it is not right.
When asked about who are the main planners, the DB chief said, they may think that if a few isolated places of Bangladesh are set on fire, they will be scared, or the police will be demoralized, this is not true. The work of the police force is to provide security to people’s lives and property. Taking care not to create any obstacle to the movement of common people.
Haroon Or Rashid also said that every member of our police, DB Police, Thana Police, is patrolling in different areas 24 hours a day and night. Moving around in disguise. The police are roaming around in the guise of passengers in the bus. No exemption will be given to anyone who wants to do such thing. Even those involved in these incidents will be rewarded if they are handed over, which was announced by our DMP Commissioner a few days ago. A reward of 20,000 taka will be given if the saboteur is caught.
He said, many times you will see, a man has a bus. His family runs on it. When the bus was set on fire, his life ended. There is no choice but to go down the road with the family. Therefore, I think, everyone should work together to protect the life and property of the common people. Government property must be protected. No one can attack in any way. We are keeping a watchful eye on that. We have got the names of those who are causing these isolated incidents. We can arrest them soon.
Meanwhile, on the day of BNP’s general meeting on October 28, the Lalbagh and Motijheel Divisions of Dhaka Metropolitan Detective Police have arrested five more people involved in the fire and vandalism of vehicles during the strike and blockade. In this regard, Haroon Or Rashid said, “We have arrested several people who played the role of destructive activities by participating in the BNP rally. I got the names of many participants. Among them, Syed Hasan Mintu, Secretary of Agriculture of Juba Dal’s Central Committee, has been arrested. 8 kg gun powder was recovered from his house. Mintu admitted that he made them with Bashar and Masud. He also acknowledged the assistance provided by Rabiul Islam Nayan and Sultan Salahuddin.
Lalbagh Division and Motijheel Division of Dhaka Metropolitan Detective Police arrested five participants. They are – Chhatra Dal central leader Hasan Howlader. He first hurled marbles at the police with a sling in front of the Chief Justice’s residence and set a BRTC bus on fire. We have the video footage of Kabi Nazrul Islam College Chhatra Dal Vice President Abul Hossain attacking police at Jewel Nightingale intersection. The two who gave their statement in the police murder case by 164, said that Rana Mia, General Secretary of Chhatra Dal’s Mugda police station, participated in the police murder, we have also arrested him.
The police officer also said that Kamruzzaman Tuku himself admitted to burning the bus. Hriday admitted that he only set fire to Banglamotor, Mouchak flyover, Kakrail junction. Rabiul Islam Nayan provided petrol bombs and cocktails. The leader of all is Sultan Salahuddin Tuku. It was under his leadership that buses were set on fire, cocktails thrown, petrol bombs or petrol on fire from last 28th till date. On the last 28th, the names of those who blew up the cocktail at the Chief Justice’s residence, set BRTC bus on fire, police hospital on fire, vandalized the ambulance, many of the accused in the police murder case have come to us through the CCTV footage. Besides, the arrestees named many others. Got their pictures, operation to arrest them continues.