Vehicles with AL supporters allowed thru at Amin Bazar, most others stopped

Police this morning were conducting checks on a majority of vehicles entering Dhaka at Amin Bazar this morning, ahead of the rallies of BNP and the ruling Awami League.

But when buses and pickups bearing banners of the ruling party or with passengers chanting pro-AL slogans reached the check post, the law enforcers did not even intercept the buses, let alone doing checks.

Our correspondents were posted at Amin Bazar and Gabtoli since morning and saw instances of this happening.

This seemingly special treatment of ruling party supporters is at odds with police’s claim that they set up check posts at the entry point to prevent any untoward incident centring the rallies of BNP and Awami League this afternoon.

Buses carrying supporters of AL, Jubo League, Chhatra leauge and other bodies from Dhamrai and Savar upazila of Dhaka district, Manikganj, Tangail My News Bangladeshted entering the city after 11:30am.

It was seen that buses carrying banners of AL rally were passing through the check post at Amin Bazar without any obstruction. Buses without banners but with passengers chanting slogans in support of AL were also crossing without any challenge.

More than a hundred buses carrying ruling party men from Dhamrai and Savar were seen to have crossed the check post by noon.

Golam Kabir Mollah, general secretary of Dhamrai upazila unit AL, said they were heading towards the AL rally at the south gate of Baitul Mukarram mosque on around 200 buses.

Asked whether their buses were searched anywhere, the AL leader said “Why would police search our buses? We were not stopped anywhere.”

Asked about this around 1:45pm, Dipak Chandra Saha, officer-in-charge of Savar Police Station, said “We are not stopping any vehicle anymore as it is very hot now. It is not like we are allowing vehicles to go through as those were carrying AL men.”

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