Dhaka- Bangladesh Nationalist Party chief Khaleda Zia has said the so-called anti-militant crackdown was launched to allow the police to extort money from the common people.
The former prime minister came up with the views while addressing an Iftar party organised by the association of Engineers at Bashundhara Convention Hall in Dhaka on Tuesday.
“They (Police) rereleased people after arresting them and they are targeting opposition activists and innocent peoples.” Khaleda said.
The law enforcers detained more than 11,000 thousand people on the first four days of the anti-militants crackdown killed off Friday in the wake of targeted killings in the south-Asian country.
In addition, the Law enforcers captured 145 suspected militants of several banned outfits accused of carrying out attacks on secularist bloggers, academics, people from minority faiths and rights activists.
The BNP chief criticised her arch political rival Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for the crackdown.
“If she (Hasina) knows the culprits, then why she is not capturing them,” Khaleda said adding that more than two thousand leaders and activists of her opposition party were detained.
She further alleged Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for creating destabilize situation in the country.
Khaleda also accused the Awami League party of killing more than two thousand people in their previous tenure from 1996 to 2001.
Referring the detention of ‘Daily Amar Desh’ Editor, Mahmudur Rahman, the former prime minister said, “Police kept him in prison after appellate division granted bail. In accordance with the court order, he should be released by this time,” added Khaleda.