Vol. 5 Num 1022 Tue. April 17, 2007  

Two top Ctg AL leaders sued

Two top leaders of Chittagong city unit of Awami League (AL) were sued for reported extortion and physical assault in the port city.

A trader filed the case against Chittagong city AL General Secretary Kazi Enamul Haq Danu and Joint Secretary Dr Afsarul Amin, accusing them of demanding extortion and assaulting him, said police.

The trader identified as Abdul Mannan, owner of a restaurant, filed the case with Kotwli Police Station at around 10:30pm on Sunday.

In the case the plaintiff claiming himself as a BNP activist alleged that Afsarul and Enamul allegedly being driven by political vengeance demanded Tk 50,000 from him as extortion.

The accused AL leaders along with their cadres went to his restaurant to realise the toll and being refused they attacked him leaving him seriously injured on January 9 this year, said police quoting the plaintiff.

However, hearing his cry the local people came forward to rescue him when the accused AL leaders managed to flee, claimed Mannan in the case.

Meanwhile, Arshadul Amin, the younger brother of Dr Afsarul, termed the case as baseless meant for harassing and tarnishing the image of his brother.

"Dr Afsarul is a well-established businessman and well known for his charitable and welfare activities. None could ever bring any such allegation against him so far," said Arshadul.