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Police attempt to bar politicians from meeting at Rab’s house

WT24 Desk

The police allegedly attempted to bar a group of politicians from holding an “informal meeting” at Uttara residence of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) president ASM Abdur Rab on Thursday evening, Agencies report.

A group of politicians including former president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury and Nagarik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna arrived at Rab’s residence after 7:00pm to hold an “informal meeting”

Immediately, a police team rushed to the scene shortly and asked the politicians to leave the house saying, meeting can’t be hold without permission, but Abdur Rab argued that it was a “social gathering”. At one stage police stepped out of the house to let them hold the “informal meeting”, but took position in front of the house.

Apart from Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury and Mahmudur Rahman Manna, the “informal gathering” was attended, among others, by Krishak Sramik Janata League president Abdul Kader Siddique, Sujan secretary Badiul Alam Majumder, Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal (BSD) president Khalequzzaman, Gana Forum leaders Subrata Chowdhury and SM Akram, and Revolutionary Workers Party chief Saiful Haque

Badiul Alam Majumdar said, “It was a post-Eid reunion. Many of the participants used to do politics at the same time and none of them belong to anti-liberation camp. There is nothing to say if somebody smells conspiracy in such a social gathering.”

Witnesses said the guests stayed at the house for about four hours.When contacted, Nagarik Oikya convener Manna said, “The police have threatened us sand said no discussion will be held. The discussion was, however, held later

In response to a question, Manna said they have long been trying to forge a unity beyond the two big political parties and alliances for long. “Those who support our initiative attended the meeting.”

Kader Siddique, however, left the meeting shortly after the police interception.Speaking to newsmen outside the Rab’s house, Badruddoza Chowdhury said, “I’ve come here to attend a tea party. There has been an effort to threaten us. It seems the government got frightened.”

Asked about the incident, police deputy commissioner Bidhan Tripura said he knows nothing about the meeting.

Uttara police station officer-in-charge Hossain Khan said members of a police patrol team went there for the sake of security. “Political leaders were holding a closed door meeting at the house.”Later, police, journalists, and detectives gathered in front of the house, he added.

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