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05th-Feb-2014

300 fell victims of disappearance, murder by Jt. forces, AL men

By Special Correspondent

BNP Chairperson Begum  Khaleda Zia  on Tuesday  said that  about  300 leaders and activists of the BNP-led 19-party alliance fell victims of murder and forced disappearance  in one month from December 26  by joint forces and Awami League cadres.
Begum Zia  made the allegation  at a crowded press  conference  at Hotel Westin  on the day while giving  narration  of "torture and repression" on the  BNP led  alliance  persons. It was   Begum Zia's  second press meet since January 5 parliamentary polls, which was boycotted by the  BNP-led alliance as it was not held under a non-party caretaker government.
Begum Zia said 242 leaders and activists of the alliance were killed while 60 others disappeared during  the period.
Khaleda brought references from different reports of the local and international human rights groups and media  on the killings and disappearances of the 19-party combine leaders and activists  to substantiate her claims of the government's repression  on the opposition men.
Begum Khaleda  Zia  also called for independent inquiry in to the killings and demanded withdrawal of false cases against the 19-party men. She drew attention of all international organisations including the United Nations to take initiatives to stop the killings in Bangladesh. "The path of extremism is being expanded by resorting to the repression and killings of the people," she said.
On January 15, Begum  Zia  spoke  on the latest political situation after the 10th parliamentary election.
Responding   to ruling party's call  of  severing ties with Jamaat-e-Islam, she said, "We will decide ourselves. Who are they to dictate us?"
The decision to boycott the January 5 parliament election was right. "We did not make any mistake, she said.  Rather, the illegal government has done the fault by holding a one-sided election."  She did not attach any importance to the  recently conducted  survey by US based Democratic International on Bangladesh election.  In response  to a question  of  March for Democracy programme,  she  said supporters of the alliance   were around but the government had  enforced  blockade. Out of fear the government did not allow  the opposition leaders and activists to come out on the streets.
In response to a question  about their position not to participate in any election under the present  Election Commission  how the BNP led alliance persons  are taking part in the upazila election. Khaleda said it is local government election where any one can participate. "We had mentioned the election which changes the government. Because free, fair and credible elections cannot be held under them."
Again urging to initiate a dialogue to find a way out of the political stalemate,   the BNP Chairperson  said, "We will not continue to call for the dialogue forever. We will wait for a certain period and then we will begin  our movement."
Begum Zia called  for holding an immediate election under a non-party arrangement to bring the country back to the path of democracy. Responding  to a question  when she wants   to start the movement,  Begum Zia  said  we are giving   time to the government for taking an initiative.  "We   also  need  to reorganise ourselves as many of our leaders and activists were killed and others  are in jail."
The government, she alleged   has also indulged in wholesale  arrest and killing   of the  19-party men.
BNP standing committee members and alliance leaders were among others , present at the press conference.