Feb 10, 2011 at 23:06 o\clock

Tug-of-war for 'political gain' from Felani issue

Local units of both ruling Awami League (AL) and main opposition BNP seem to be in the race for 'political gain' from the gruesome killing of Bangladeshi girl Felani, 15, by Indian Border Security Force on January 7.

Nageswari upazila administration on Wednesday imposed Section 144 at Felani's village Calonitari in Rumkhana union under Nageswari upazila of Kurigram district and areas adjoining the village as local AL and BNP set programmes to mourn her death there at the same time.

Later at a short press conference at hotel Arnob Palace in Kurigram town, BNP leaders blamed the government for remaining 'silent' about Felani's killing. Earlier they demanded judgment for the killing through an international tribunal.

District BNP and Awami League also brought out separate processions in Kurigram town regarding the matter.

Felani's father Nur Islam yesterday held a press conference at Kurigram Press Club where district AL Vice President Aminul Islam Monju Mondal, Joint Secretary Alok Sarkar, district Jubo League Secretary Ruhul Amin Dulal, Nageswari upazila AL President Mojammel Haque Prodhan, district Chhatra League President Ayub Ali and some AL activists were present.

“My daughter Felani was killed in BSF firing on Anantapur border under Fulbari upazila of Kurigram district when she was crossing the border with me at about 6:00am on January 7. I got her body with the help of Awami League lawmaker of Kurigram-2 constituency Md Jafor Ali," Nur Islam said in a written statement at the conference.

"Home Minister Sahara Khatun gave me Tk 3 lakh on behalf of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. The government has taken steps for my family's return from India,” he added.

An inhabitant of Calonitari village of Rumkhana union under Nageswari upazila, Nur Islam, 35, went with his family to Asam in India in search of job about 20 years ago.