Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Dy minister Dulu let loose in Natore

Detained ex-BNP deputy minister Ruhul Kuddus Talukhdar Dulu surprisingly enjoyed mobile phone facility and rare chances to exchange views with fellow men in Natore while he was being taken to Rajshahi from Dhaka central Jail on Monday night.


Natore police lodged a case against 25 to 30 unnamed BNP activists for illegally meeting Dulu and chanting slogans violating emergency rules.


But, Rajshahi police who are responsible for Dulu's transportation expressed their ignorance.


Dulu was taken to Rajshahi by a microbus. It was for the first time he was taken to Natore since he was surrendered in Dhaka on February 20.


During his travel, Dulu's vehicle was stopped thrice in Natore town and he stayed there for over 10 minutes.


Dulu who was surrounded by a Havildar and four constables were seen using a mobile phone inside the vehicle, said witnesses and police.


His vehicle, hired by Rajshahi police entered into the town, despite it was pre-scheduled to cross Natore through bypass road.


The activists chanted slogans 'Go Ahead, Dulu Bhai, We are with you; Don't be afraid, we didn't left the streets; We will break jails and free Dulu'. Dulu with a mobile phone waved hands.


More than one witness said, a private car carrying Dulu's wife and few other relatives were trekking Dulu's microbus from Dhaka.


In Sirajganj, Dulu and police staffs with him entered into a hotel where Dulu had meeting with family members.


In Natore, Dulu's vehicle was stopped at Boro Harispur Bypass, in front of Dulu's house at Alaipur in the town and then at Chalkbaidyanath Gurpatty.


At Alaipur, a large group of people led by joint conveynor of Natore Bus Minibus Owners' Association Mizanul Haq Duke and Jatiyatabadi Sramik Dal president Abu Raihan Bulu met Dulu.


Ward no. 9 BNP president Ahmed Hossain Nannu, JCD leaders Rabiur Rahman, Saidul Islam, Tushar were also seen at the scene.


At around 6.52pm, Dulu was stopped again at Gurpatty where eminent businessman and owner of Friends Petroleum Mohammad Ali shook hands with him.


A few other businessmen including Sabu and some of Dulu's relatives were seen at the scene.


Police did not intercept political activists. But after Dulu's departure, several groups of policemen raided houses of many BNP leaders and activists.


Sub inspector Fazlar Rahman lodged a case in this regard against 25 to 30 BNP-JCD activists for violating emergency rules. None was arrested so far.


Superintendent of Natore Rezaul Karim told reporters that the matter was informed to the government high ups. "The security men of his (Dulu's) vehicle had no contacts with Natore police".


"These (incidents described above) are mare rumours, we have no such information", said Khondokar Nazmul Haq, additional police superintendent of Rajshahi when contacted.


When told of some proofs of the events, Haq said, "We will investigate into the matter".

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