India urges B’desh to resolve on-going pol crisis through dialogue

India urged Bangladesh to resolve the ongoing political crisis over polls through dialogue and peaceful means. The High Commission of India in Dhaka, in a statement issued last night said that it is for the people of Bangladesh to decide their own future and India supports holding of free and fair elections. It said, in a multi-party democracy, differences are best resolved through dialogue and peaceful means. This will strengthen democratic institutions and contribute to realisation of peace, stability and development in Bangladesh, the statement added.

This is India’s first public statement during the current political crisis in Bangladesh. It comes in the backdrop of submission of resignations of ruling Awami League led Alliance for forming an-all-party interim government, and the main opposition BNP enforcing repeated country-wide hartals to press for a non-partisan polls-time government.

Meanwhile, as the 84-hour nationwide shutdown called by the opposition to press its demand for a non-partisan polls-time government enters the third day, the police have recovered a huge haul of crude bombs and bomb-making material in three separate areas of the capital. While 18 crude bombs were recovered from Dhaka University campus, 200 crude bombs along with huge bomb-making material was found in a house in Azimpur, rented by two youths about 2 months back. The police search drive also yielded 179 bombs in Kalabagan area of the capital where police arrested 4 suspected activists. Over a hundred people were injured in sporadic incidents of violence and bomb explosions while pickets torched many vehicles in the capital and across the capital.