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Govt agents behind Saturday’s violence: Tariqul

Times National Desk - January 8th, 2013

BNP standing committee member Tariqul Islam on Sunday claimed that government agents and criminals had committed the yesterday’s pre-hartal violence aiming to frame opposition leaders in false cases.
“BNP had no link with yesterday’s (Saturday’s) vandalism and torching of vehicles,” the BNP leader told reporters in front of the party’s central office at Naya Paltan in the capital around 10:15am.
On the eve of hartal, at least seven vehicles were set on fire and 10 cocktails were exploded at different points of the capital.
The BNP-led 18-party alliance is observing a countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal on Sunday protesting the recent hike of fuel prices.
Tariqul said BNP did not dispatch any instruction for committing violence on the eve of hartal.
“Had BNP given such instruction, more violence might have occured across the country,” he added.
He also warned the government saying, “Our movement will be tougher (day by day).”
The BNP leader called upon the government to step down to save the country from anarchy and take measures to hold the next general election under a non-partisan and neutral caretaker government.
About BNP leader Rafiqul Islam whose body was recovered in Kushtia on Sunday, the BNP leader said, “Rapid Action Battalion picked him up. We contacted with Rab but they denied (of picking him up). Later, his body was found.”
Rafiqul was the general secretary of BNP Dhaka City Corporation Ward No. 56.
The country has turned into a death valley, Tariqul alleged.