Dhaka – The Awami League-led ruling alliance on Sunday urged the people to remain alert against the targeted killings claimed by radical Islamists over the past years.
Senior leaders of the 14-party alliance made the call during an hour-long human-chain protest organised in Dhaka to protest the series of killings, mostly secularist bloggers, publisher, rights activists, people from minority faiths and academics.
The pre-scheduled protest began at 3 pm and ended at 4pm when the leaders and activists of the ruling parties stood hand-in-hand on the city streets. Senior leaders of the alliance addressed the rally.
Health Minister Mohammad Nasim, a senior leader of the Awami League party, called the people to build resistance against the troublemakers at the villages, towns and cities.
He also called the progressive forces to remain united to thwart ill intention by the militants.
The ruling party leaders pointed fingers at the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, an opposition outside parliament, for patronising the troublemakers and asked the people to remain alert about the party.
Awami League presidium member Matia Chowdhury, Workers Party of Bangladesh president Rashed Khan Menon, Awami League joint general secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif addressed the rallies at different points in Dhaka during the protest.
The leaders referred to the capturing of a suspected attacker in Madaripur district saying that curbing of militancy is possible only if people build resistance against them.
They also termed those targeted killing a part of international conspiracy to destabilise Bangladesh.