Home minister shirks responsibility to DMP

first_imgAsaduzzaman KhanHome minister Asaduzzaman Khan on Tuesday said the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) would decide whether BNP will get permission for holding its planned rally at Suhrawardy Udyan in the city on 29 March, reports UNB. “If our [DMP] police commissioner thinks there’s no apprehension of anything bad on 29 March, he’ll grant permission for the rally. This is his duty,” he said while briefing reporters at the secretariat after a meeting with a BNP delegation.A three-member BNP team, led by its standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan, met the minister to seek his assistance regarding permission for their rally.Read more: BNP hopes to get 29 March rally permissionThe minister said the BNP delegation urged him to consider the matter. “I’ll surely discuss it with the authorities concerned. I’ll ask them whether there’s any problem in granting the permission,” he said.Responding to a query, Asaduzzaman said BNP got permission to hold a rally last year. “But they haven’t got permission yet for the rally this year. There might be intelligence information that there’s security concern.”Mentioning that the DMP commissioner has some responsibilities to ensure so that BNP can hold its rally properly and safely, he said that’s why he asked for changing the rally venue.He said DMP may permit BNP to hold its rally if it changes the schedule and venue. “It’s our duty to ensure security of the people so that no untoward situation is created.”Over the BNP allegation that its female leaders are being harassed and arrested, the minister denied the allegation, saying no one is held arbitrarily. “Only those who face specific charges are being arrested.”He, however, said he will talk to the authorities concerned so that no female BNP leader is arrested without any specific charge.Asaduzzaman said BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia is enjoying all the facilities as per the jail code and the BNP leaders have no allegation in this regard.last_img

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