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Edit Date:12/4/2011 12:00:00 AM

 

Mon, Dec 5th, 2011 12:30 am BdST
 
Dhaka, Dec 4 (bdnews24.com)—BNP chief Khaleda Zia has said Awami League should be put on trial before the war criminals for attacking freedom fighters like former Dhaka mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka. 

Demanding immediate arrest of the Khoka's attackers, Khaleda said, "This government talks about the freedom fighters and on the other hand it assaults them. They have assaulted a freedom fighter like Sadeque Hossain Khoka even in the month of victory." 

She was speaking to journalists Sunday evening after visiting Khoka who is currently receiving treatment at the capital's United Hospital at Gulshan. 

Earlier in the day, BNP metropolitan unit convenor Khoka was detained from the court area in old Dhaka during the dawn-to-dusk shutdown in the capital on Sunday that the main opposition party to register its protest against splitting Dhaka City Corporation. 

However, police dropped Khoka off at his house in Gulshan within an hour, saying he was taken into custody for his own safety. 

BNP leaders had then said Khoka was admitted to hospital after he was hit and injured by stones hurled by pro-government Bangladesh Chhatra League activists. But, later they claimed that ruling party activists had stabbed him in the left leg in police custody. 

BNP spokesman Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir came up with the charge at a briefing after the incident. "Awami League's 'hooligans' stabbed Khoka while he was being taken to Detective Branch office after his arrest. He was stabbed in the left leg." 

The hospital's professor of general surgery, Abu Sayeed M M Rahman, told bdnews24.com that Khoka bore injury marks in the lower left thigh. "Even he cannot say how he received the injury." 

Meanwhile, refuting the allegations, police have claimed that Khoka could have received the injuries in the tussle when police were trying to get him into their van. 

"Recently another freedom fighter, [Oli Ahmed], was attacked on the court premises. This Awami League government must go to trial before the war crimes," Khaleda told journalists at the hospital. 

The ruling party activists had attacked BNP ally Liberal Democratic Party president Oli Ahmed on Nov 24 when he arrived at a Chittagong court to appear in a libel case for making derogatory remarks against prime minister Sheikh Hasina and reserved seat MP Chemon Ara Taiyab. 

Khaleda Sunday 'congratulated' the people of the city for observing a 'successful' hartal. "It's a popular issue. Nobody, including the people of the country and the Dhakaites, wants the Dhaka metropolitan be divided into two." 

The BNP chief said that party leaders and activists including its women's front were also attacked in different parts of the city during the blockade. 

Claiming that this government has lost the people's support, she said, "This failed government must leave." 

Acting secretary-general Mirza Alamgir, joint secretary general Aman Ullah Aman, standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Khaleda's advisor A Z M Jahid Hossain were also present at the media call. 

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