The opposition leader in the Parliament and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina Thursday said arrest of militants is an 'eyewash' of the ruling alliance to deceive the countrymen, report agencies.
Pointing to the arrest of some militants ahead of the two-day visit of US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Richard Boucher, she said the 4-party government wants to establish itself as an anti-militant government by detaining some militants.
Sheikh Hasina was exchanging views with the grassroot-level leaders and workers of Jhalakathi district, thanas and first class municipalities at her Dhanmondi office in the city.
"Militants are partners of the government… JMB kingpins Shaikh Abdur Rahman and Bangla Bhai were caught when US President Bush was visiting India. The government arrests a few militants whenever foreign guests visit Bangladesh," she said.
She alleged there are several training camps of militants across the country and demanded of the government to point out those camps and catch the militants.
"There are 2,000 suicide squads of militant outfits in the country… none have been arrested till now, but the government claims it has uprooted the militancy from Bangladesh," she said, posing a question: "Then how those militants (in Bhaluka) have been nabbed?"
The opposition leader also said the BNP-Jamaat alliance regime had nabbed the militants "under pressure from the international community."