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‘Torture squad’ claim rubbish: Quader

Bangladesh on 17 October 2013
Location : Bangladesh | Source : New Age

The government has no intention of forming ‘torture squads’ to persecute the opposition, communications minister Obaidul Quader has said, debunking the BNP claims.

BNP joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi on Sunday had said that the government was planning to stifle the opposition’s campaign for polls under a non-party government.

‘We have learnt from various sources that a torture squad is being set up, headed by a high-ranking police officer loyal to the government.’
‘They will torture leaders and activists of the opposition to curb their activities,’ claimed Rizvi.

Obaidul Quader said ‘Bangladesh is a huge factory for rumours and anxiety. There is no reason for worry because the government has no plans to form torture cells or squads or make unnecessary arrests.’

Quader claimed such rumours were being spread to create tension and mar Eid festivities.

The minister was speaking to reporters on Monday while on a visit to the Syedabad bus terminal as crowds of people began leaving capital Dhaka and heading for home for Eid-ul-Azha.

Transport operators at the terminal complained to the minister about the charging of enhanced tolls at the newly inaugurated Mayor Hanif Flyover.

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