BNP on Tuesday alleged that the members of law enforcement agencies have started again making the opposition leaders and workers disappear to suppress the ongoing one-point movement.
Speaking at a virtual press briefing, BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi called on the party leaders and workers to remain alert as the government is planning to put the blame on them by carrying out various subversive activities during the blockade program.
“Titumir College unit Chhatra Dal’s joint general secretaries, Mahmudul Hasan Rafiq and Saiful Islam, remain traceless since they have been picked up by the Detective Branch of Police. Making our leaders and activists disappear begins anew,” he said.
The BNP leader said the government is desperate to hold another lopsided election without the participation of voters. “So, they (the government) have initiated a new program of enforced disappearance to scare people.”
He said the law enforcers are targeting the young people this time to make them disappear since the youth are waging the street movement as vanguards.
Rizvi demanded that the government immediately ensure the safe return of Mahmudul and Saiful Islam to their families.
He said the opposition parties, including the BNP, will enforce another round of a 48-hour nationwide blockade program starting at 6 a.m. on Wednesday to realize their one-point demand.
“This program will be observed in a peaceful manner. Our blockade program is based on popular demand. It is not just a BNP program. It is the program of all people who have been deprived of their ownership of the country,” the BNP leader said.
He called upon the leaders and workers of BNP and like-minded parties to observe the blockade program with their presence on the streets, overcoming all obstacles as they did in the past.
“Take the people with you and block the road, block the highways, and remain peaceful. But they (the government) are making various grand plans of sabotage against us. We’ll be there on the streets and resist the evil designs of the government, the BNP leader said.
He claimed that lakhs of people in the country are giving support to the opposition’s blockade program as they want to get back democracy, freedom of expression, and their voting rights through the ongoing movement.
Rizvi said more than 496 BNP leaders and activists were arrested across the country in the last 24 hours as of 5 p.m. Tuesday.