Dhaka, Bangladesh
Govt violates rights keeping Khaleda in old jail: BNP

Govt violates rights keeping Khaleda in old jail: BNP

As part of its countrywide scheduled programme, BNP leaders and activists are staging their sit-in programme in front of its Nayapaltan central office here on Tuesday protesting the jailing of its chairperson Khaleda Zia in a graft case, reports UNB. Several hundred of BNP leaders and activists started to gather in front of the office from morning and started their programmes around 11am with the presence of senior leaders. They chanted different slogans demanding the release of Khaleda Zia immediately. Police cordoned off the protesters to fend off any trouble. Earlier, BNP decided to hold the programme in front of party office as police did not give any written permission for holding programme on the premises of the Institute of Diploma Engineers, Bangladesh at Kakrail. On Saturday, Rizvi announced a three-day protest programme at a press briefing at BNP's Nayapaltan central office. As part of the programmes, the party leaders and followers will also observe a hunger strike from 9am to 5pm on Wednesday across the country. They formed a human chain in the city on Monday protesting the jailing of its chairperson Khaleda Zia in a graft case. On Thursday last, a special court here convicted Khaleda and sentenced her to five years' imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. Earlier, BNP leaders and activists staged demonstrations on Friday and Statuary protesting Khaleda's conviction all over the country, including in the capital, amid obstruction by police. BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Tuesday said they will intensify their current movement to force the government to release their chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail. "Our current struggle is to free our chairperson, and many people are now in jail for joining the movement to restore democracy. Let's intensify our movement in the days to come and make our programme a success to have our chairperson freed," he said. Fakhrul came up with the remark while addressing a sit-in programme in front of BNP's Nayapaltan central office. As part of countrywide programme, BNP arranged the sit-in programme peacefully from 11am to 12pm protesting the jailing of its chairperson Khaleda Zia in a graft case. Fakhrul said the government thought it would be able to suppress the people of the country by sending Khaleda to jail. "But, the plan won't succeed as people will surely ensure the release of Khaleda Zia from jail." The BNP leader criticised the government for what he said keeping Khaleda at a room of the abandoned Old Dhaka Central Jail. He said the government also kept the BNP chairperson in solitary confinement at the jail violating rules and the Constitution. Several hundred leaders and its followers took position in front of its Nayapaltan office at 11am and observed the programme till 12 noon amid presence of senior leaders. Police cordoned off the protesters to fend off any trouble. On Saturday, Rizvi announced a three-day protest programme at a press briefing at BNP's Nayapaltan central office. On Thursday last, a special court here convicted Khaleda and sentenced her to five years' imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.

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