“I am ready to face any situation or consequences,” says Khaleda
6 February 2015, Nirapad News: BNP has circulated a statement to the media on behalf of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, saying the party will continue its agitation until it meets its ‘logical conclusion’ and that she is ready for ‘any consequences’. The statement, signed by BNP Vice Chairman Selima Rahman, was issued on Thursday.
Drawing the attention of ‘international community and democratic world’ to the government’s “suppressive policy”, the statement said the security of the entire region was at risk.
“We urge them to raise their voice against state terror in Bangladesh as well as for the people’s democratic protest,” it read. The statement said the BNP chief was deeply saddened by the death of her son Arafat Rahman Coco last month.
Khaleda was quoted in the statement as saying, “Everyone is witnessing the cruel behaviour I am facing even before I can overcome the tragedy.
“They (government) are trying to detach me from the people and the leaders and activists by creating pressure from every corner in a planned manner,” she said.
The statement claimed the cases naming Khaleda as instigator of the violence during the blockade were filed ‘without any investigation and evidence’ following orders from the ‘top level’.
“I want to say it clearly that I will not bow down under any immoral pressure or threat,” Khaleda was further quoted in the statement as saying.
“I am ready to face any situation or consequences,” she added.
The statement claimed at least 33 leaders and activists of the BNP-led coalition had been killed, hundreds injured and over 17,000 arrested since the blockade started on Jan 6.
It alleged that it became “impossible” to conduct normal and constitutional activities of any parties other than the “ruling parties”.
Even as more than 50 people have been killed in violence during the blockade and shutdowns and many hundreds more injured, the statement claimed BNP’s protests were “totally peaceful and constitutional”.
It slammed the petrol bomb attacks on vehicles during the blockade. “We earlier demanded exemplary punishment of those involved in the cruel attacks. We are reiterating the demand,” the statement said. It also questioned the “attacks on the vehicles escorted by law enforcers”.