Police have arrested six people for their alleged involvement on November 14’s clash between BNP men and law enforcers in front of the party’s central office in Dhaka’s Nayapaltan area.
All of them are linked to Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal, the student wing of the opposition BNP, the police said.
Police identified the arrestees as HK Hossain Ali, JCD president post aspirant of ward No. 11; Shohagh Bhuiyan, general secretary of Shahjanpur thana; Mohammad Abbas Ali, a member of JCD Central Committee; Md Ashraful Islam Robin, joint general secretary of Dhaka North unit; Jakir Hossain Ujjal, joint secretary of Jagannath University unit and Mahbubul Alam, vice president of Titumir College unit.
A helmeted man seen on a police car with his arms stretched in a show of defiance during violent clashes on Nov 14 was also arrested. The picture of the young man went viral on social media.
The police identified him as HK Hossain Ali, an adherent to BNP leader Mirza Abbas.
Hossain, a resident of Shahjahanpur Railway Colony, was vying for the post of the president of Chhatra Dal’s ward No. 11 unit.
Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime unit officials arrested the six from Sutrapur area in Dhaka after they were identified from media footage and monitoring social media sites, CTTC chief Monirul Islam said at a press briefing at the DMP media center today.
In primary interrogation, the arrestees claimed that BNP leaders had instructed them to wear helmets during the clash so that they could not be identified, Monirul said at the briefing.
They already had sticks ready and they conducted the attack in a planned manner, Monirul added.
Police did not go into any action there and showed a lot of patience while handling the situation, he further said.
Asked about the intention of the attack, the arrestees told police that they wanted to provoke police so that the law enforcers go into action and the party could show these footages in various places to gain political benefit.