The police has recently sued Abdul Azizullah, a leader of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) in Old Dhaka, who died in May 2016, for an incident that allegedly took place only this month.
According to the case statement, Azizullah, along with other party men, threw two crude bombs at the policemen in front of Asgari Majil, 200 yards away of the abandoned central jail gate in the city around 11:00am on 5 September. BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia was being treied there in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
Even two policemen including the plaintiff of the case were injured in the ‘cocktail’ attack, said sub-inspector of Chawkbazar police station Kamal Uddin who filed the case. He denied suing any dead person.
However, when contacted, some local people said they did not any hear sound of bomb blast at the said place on the given date.
The police officer concerned argued: “How could a person say anything about it if you ask those who didn’t hear sound of the blast?”
Another of 37 accused in the case is Abdul Mannaf alias Chan Mia, a BNP activist, who went to Saudi Arabia on 4 August to perform hajj. He is yet to return home.
Chan Mia’s son Sabbir Ahmed said the case was filed only to harass his father.
Afroza Sultana, daughter of late Abdul Azizullah, called the case ridiculous.
Rafiqul Islam, another accused and Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) ward councillor. told Prothom Alo that more than 100 newsmen were present in front of the jail gate to collect information about the Zia Orphanage Trust case since morning on that day (5 September). “The media would have reported any such incident.”
The plaintiff still insisted that the inclusion of any dead person and a hajj pilgrim in the first information report (FIR) was not correct.
Chawakbazar police station officer-in-charge Shamimur Rashid Talukder maintained that it is not possible to check names of all the accused when there are 30-40 accused.
“Also the nature of political cases is like that. But if someone stays abroad or has died, the person’s name will be excluded after investigation,” he added.
A local leader of ruling Bangladesh Awami League said such an action of the BNP men would have created noise in the area, had it really happened.
“I haven’t seen the BNP men in front of Asgari Majil on 5 September. Besides, the BNP men don’t have capacity to create chaos in front of the jail gate,” said local AL leader Shafiqur Rahman, whose residence is just 100 feet away of the place of the alleged incident.
On 3 September the same police station registered another such case accusing 70 people, including 39 BNP leaders and activists, referring to an incident that was said to have taken place in the night of 14 August.
Dhaka city (south) unit BNP joint general secretary Khatibur Rahman has been made an accused in the case but he went to Saudi Arabia on 10 August.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, in an exchange of views meeting on Saturday, alleged that many party members are being sued for incidents that even did not take place.
“Statements of all the cases being filed against the BNP men are the same. It seems that someone has supplied them a format and they [police] are filing FIRs. They themselves are blasting cocktails, gathering stones and sticks from here and there and presenting these as evidences. In fact, nothing happened there,” the BNP leader said.
*The report, originally published in the print edition of Prothom Alo, has been rewritten in English by Shameem Reza