REF: BNP Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi has been detained.Police nabbed the BNP leader from the party headquarters at Naya Paltan early Saturday morning.
Rizvi had been staying in the party office for the last few days. He had been holding press conferences and taking part on live television shows from there.
BNP office staffs said sleuths of police’s detective branch in civvies, climbed up to the first floor of the building around 4:15am and broke open the door of the room where Rizvi was staying and then they took him to their custody.
Police have also detained BNP’s Central Executive Committee member Belal Ahmed.
The two were whisked away to the Detective Branch headquarters at Minto Road in a white microbus.
Police have allegedly damaged equipments of TV crews of two channels while conducting the raid. Senior correspondent of ‘Eakttor tv’ Shafique Ahmed and senior correspondent of ‘Gtv’ Gausil Ajam Dipu, who were present at the BNP headquarters, were locked in a room by the police.
Police had raided the BNP headquarters even seven months ago when they arrested some top leaders of the party including its Acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. Rizvi was also arrested then. He had to spend time in jail before securing bail.
Rizvi is one of the accused in the case filed by police over Thursday’s arson attack in the capital’s Shahbagh.Several senior BNP leaders including Mirza Fakhrul, Vice-Chairman Sadek Hossain Khoka, Standing Committee members Mirza Abbas and Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, Joint Secretaries General Aman Ullah Aman, Barkatullah Bulu and Salauddin Ahmed and Dhaka Metropolitan BNP’s Member Secretary Abdus Salam have been named in the case.
Police is yet to confirm, whether Rizvi has been detained in connection with the case filed over Shahbag incident.
In the past one month, several other top BNP leaders including its Standing Committee members Moudud Ahmed, MK Anwar, ASM Hannan Shah and Rafiqul Islam Mia, chairperson’s advisors Mir Md Nasir Uddin and Abdul Awal Mintoo, Organising Secretary Golam Akbar Khondokar and Khaleda Zia’s special assistant Shamsur Rahman Shimul Biswas had been arrested on charges of strike and blockade related violence and are now in jail.