Disgruntled activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal, pro-BNP student organisation, attack the party's Nayapaltan office in the capital, torching vehicles and hurling bricks yesterday afternoon over the party's new committee formation. Photo: Banglar Chokh
This time the post holders of the newly formed mega committee of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) yesterday attacked BNP's Naya Paltan office in the capital and damaged the glass-casing of the sculpture of the party's founder late president Ziaur Rahman and set fire to its own office as their followers failed to get posts.
The dissenters also torched two motorcycles during the incidents in front of the office.
The incidents of attack have taken place for the second time within 15 months over forming the same central committee.
However, BNP leaders blamed the government for the attack saying it was pre-planned to hamper preparations for the party's forthcoming council, scheduled to take place in March.
Insiders told The Daily Star that some of the leaders, who were deprived of posts on the partial committee announced in 2014, but got posts on the recently formed committee, led the attack as their followers did not get pots this time.
Around 400 dissenters gathered in front of the BNP's central office and demonstrated there around 4:00pm. At one stage, they started damaging the banners and festoons hung in front of the office, and torched two motorcycles parked there, according to Paltan police and witnesses.
Later, they stormed the office and vandalised the casing of Zia's sculpture, kept at the entrance of the office, and set fire to the JCD office on the third floor of the building.
Five units of the fire service later doused the fire, said Masudul Haque, an inspector the fire service headquarters.
“Most leaders of the 736-member full-fledged JCD committee have been selected through nepotism, depriving the qualified ones of the posts,” Rakibul Islam Royal, a vice-president of the JCD, told pressmen in the party office yesterday.
He alleged that their followers, who were struggling with them for getting posts, have been deprived again.
“A pocket committee was formed in exchange for money. We will not obey any instruction of such a biased committee,” Rakib added.
He accused BNP's Students Affairs Secretary Shahid Uddin Chowdhury Anne and Assistant Student Affairs Secretary Sultan Salahuddin Tuku of putting men of their choice on the committee.
"They told the BNP chief that they were giving posts to the deprived leaders, but they sold it to others,” Rakib alleged.
On Saturday night, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia approved the 736-member committee of the party's student wing comprising leaders and activists, most of whom are non-students.
Contacted, Rizvi blamed the government for this incident. He said real BNP men could never damage the casing of Zia's sculpture and attack the party office.
However, Akramul Hasan, general secretary of JCD, said they gave posts to real party men, adding that if someone thought he did not get posts, the committee would take this into consideration.
He urged everyone not to fall for the “government's conspiracy”.