Vol. 5 Num 558 Wed. December 21, 2005  

Rangpur JP
Ershad's nephew blames Ranga for assault

Expelled organising secretary of Rangpur town unit of Jatiya Party Asif Shahariar yesterday alleged that party's central joint secretary Moshiur Rahman Ranga MP led Monday's assault on him at party chief Ershad's Rangpur residence-- Palli Nibash.

This tarnished the party's image, he said at a press conference at his Sen Para residence in the town. Ranga is opposing him since he joined JP, Asif claimed.

He is trying to convince the party chief to keep me away from party activities to fulfil his political ambition, he alleged.

"Ranga is also trying to create disunity in our family", Asif said.

As he failed to convince the party chief, he attacked me, Asif said.

Asif, a nephew of JP chief HM Ershad came under attack by some party men at Ershad's residence. Later police came and rescued him, the sources said.

On Monday in the evening, Asif also had hot exchange of words with Rangpur Sadar Upazila JP President Golam Mostafa at Ershad’s house, party sources said.

Regarding his expulsion, Asif said he heard this but is yet to get any letter.

He said Jatiya party leaders and activists are against violence and always respect party chief's decision. "If he (Ershad) has really expelled me, I must accept it", Asif said.

When contacted over cell phone yesterday, Moshiur Rahman Ranga denied the allegation that he led the attack on Asif by party men. Some party leaders and activists were annoyed at Asif's behabiour. They might have assaulted him, he told this correspondent.