Update February 23, 2015

Dhaka 3-00 am, 30-September, 2020

(Audio): Leaked phone conversation of Mahmudur Rahman Manna asking for killings to shake govt.

Mirajul Moin Joy

Mahmudur Rahman Manna

Mahmudur Rahman Manna, former Awami League leader who later separated to form the Nagarik Oikya

Nirapad News : An audio recording of a long telephone conversation purportedly between BNP leader Sadeque Hossain Khoka and Nagarik Oikyo convenor Mahmudur Rahman Manna is up on facebook, where the latter can be heard asking for corpses.

Manna, a former Awami League leader who later separated to form the Nagarik Oikya and the recording apparently reveals the true motive behind Manna’s push for a dialogue to find a solution to the current political situation.

His ambition is to make the Nagarik Oikyo the third big opposition party in Bangladesh.

In the audio recording, Manna briefs Sadeque Hossain Khoka, now living in the US for eight months, about his plans to take out a march from National Press Club on Feb 23.

He also advices Khoka to ‘tell your people’ to go in for a massive showdown at Dhaka University.

“If possible take over a few halls in a huge head-on confrontation. Maybe a few will die on both sides but if a few halls can be taken over, it will shake up the government,” Manna is heard advising Khoka.

But the BNP leader is found to be somewhat reluctant, fearing huge subsequent police action.

Throughout the conversation, Manna is asking Khoka to ‘tell your people’ to join Nagarik Oikya programmes.

Manna’s suggested plan of action indicates that pro-dialogue elements will actually play the role of the ‘second front’ of the BNP-Jamaat-e-Islami movement. And at one point, he is heard referring to “Dr Kamal” (possibly Kamal Hossain) as part of the plan.

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