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BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has decided to send a parliamentary team of the party to the recent violence hit areas of Chittagong Hill Tracts on March 15 to gather firsthand information.

A six-member team led by Opposition Chief Whip Zainul Abdin Farroque will visit the affected areas of Baghaichhari in Rangamati district and Khagrachhari Sadar in Khagrachhari district where violent incidents took place between indigenous people and Bangalee settlers.

"We will go to Chittagong Hill Tracts on March 15 to visit affected areas and will submit a report before our chairperson," Farroque told The Daily Star yesterday.

The BNP parliamentary team will exchange views with the affected people in the troubled areas.

The other members of the parliamentary team are Jafrul Islam Chowdhury, Abul Khair Bhuiyan, Ashrafuddin Nizan, Shahiduddin Chowdhury Annie and Nazimuddin Ahmed.

Meanwhile, Opposition Chief Whip Zainul Abdin Farroque at a press briefing at his Gulshan residence yesterday alleged that prime minister's son Sajeeb Wajed Joy is "fully involved in illegal VoIP business."

He demanded international and domestic inquiry into his allegation saying that they have enough documents to prove Joy's involvement in the business.

Farroque last night filed a general (GD) diary with Gulshan Police Station after he received a threat over telephone from unanimous callers.

In his GD, Farroque mentioned that the threat was issued within hours of the press briefing at his Gulshan residence where he alleged that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's son Sajeeb Wazed Joy is involved in illegal VoIP business.

Seeking security from police, he mentioned in the GD that he himself and his family members might be in "danger."

UNB adds: the opposition chief whip told the UNB that he received the threat over his land phone first at about 1:00 pm and second time over his cell phone at 7:45pm. He could not detect the caller's number as the number only showed a "zero".

Officer-in-charge Kamal Uddin of Gulshan Police Station told The Daily Star that legal action will be taken if any "proof" is found in this regard.

BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed said pro-Awami League syndicate is responsible for price hike of essentials.

“Ruling Awami League is responsible for the deterioration of law and order and price hike of essentials,” he said while addressing a discussion meeting at the National Press Club yesterday.

Moudud said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in her speech on the closing day of the last session of parliament tried to hide her failure by holding the opposition responsible for manipulating price hike of essentials.

Jatiyatabadi Tanti Dal organised the meeting to mark Tarique Rahman imprisonment day.

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