Information Minister and Joint General Secretary of the Awami League Dr Hasan Mahmud has snubbed BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir's comment on border killings and has asked BNP to compare border killing statistics under the BNP regime and the current government.
While speaking as the chief guest at the meeting in remembrance of late Awami League leaders Abdur Razzak and Mohiuddin Chowdhury at the National Press Club on Monday, the minister said the BNP speaks about wearing black badges to demand a stop to border killings.
However, BNP should know that border killings have significantly reduced since the current government took over, adding that rather than wearing black badges, BNP should wear red badges as an apology for burning and killing people.
The way they have burnt people with petrol bombs for political gains has not happened anywhere in the contemporary world, he added.
The current government is trying to bring the border killings down to zero, and a meeting between border guards of the two countries will be held tomorrow, Dr Hassan said.
Dr Mahmood said, "We have to be aware of the group that burns people to death and wears black badges to protest against border killings."
Deputy Minister for Water Resources AKM Enamul Haque Shamim was the special guest at the event presided over by Lion Chittaranjan Das, President of Bangabandhu Cultural Alliance; Arun Sarkar Rana, General Secretary and Spokesperson of the alliance, hosted the programme.
Deputy Minister for Education Barrister Mahibul Hasan Chowdhury Nawfel; Member of Parliament Nahim Razzak; President of National Press Club Saiful Alam, and several others addressed the meeting.
Last week, Mirza Fakhrul announced that BNP leaders and activists would stage a protest on 21 December against border killings, wearing black badges and outfits.