Ilias abducted to divert peopleâ€™s attention from cash scam: Fakhrul
BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday said Ilias Ali was abducted to divert peopleâ€™s attention from the â€˜cash scandalâ€™ of the former railways ministerâ€™s APS.
Addressing a discussion, Fakhrul said the incident of enforced disappearance of Ilias Ali was staged at a time when people were reprimanding the government after the APS to the former railways minister was caught red-handed with huge â€˜bribed moneyâ€™.
He said the government drew flak after former railways minister Suranjit Sengupta was made a minister without portfolio after his resignation due to his â€˜involvement in briberyâ€™.
Lalbagh thana BNP organised the discussion at the National Press Club in protest against the disappearance of BNP organising secretary (Sylhet Division) M Ilias Ali and demanding the release of detained party leader Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu.
Fakhrul alleged that the government has resorted to â€˜abduction and secret killingsâ€™ to eliminate its political opponents. â€œWe need to build up a resistance against such ill-attempts against democracy.