BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir today alleged that the digital security act is being rampantly misused during the crisis period of coronavirus outbreak across the country.
"BNP wants to say very clearly that the government is misusing the digital security act to protect itself from the public's wrath. Such unjustified act of the state must be stopped right now," Fakhrul said.
He came up with the allegation while addressing a press conference held at party Chairperson Khaleda Zia's Gulshan office in Dhaka this afternoon.
Terming the digital security act as "anti-people", Fakhrul called upon the authority concerned to repeal the act and stop the ongoing harassment including arrests under the law during the coronavirus pandemic.
He also expressed his party's condemnation on the recent arrest of some people including journalists, a cartoonist, a writer and others under the digital security act.
Citing the arrests, Fakhrul said the government is engaged in using the digital security act to torture and harass people deliberately.
The government blatantly misused the law by arresting photojournalist Shafiqul Islam Kajol on World Press Freedom Day, the BNP leader said.