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BNP protests end in chaos

Published on: 3:55 pm - Friday | March 9, 2018

Currentnews.com.bd

Police yesterday foiled the sit-in program arranged by BNP in front of the Jatiya Press Club in the city demanding the release of Khaleda Zia from jail.

When party Vice Chairman AZM Jahid Hossain was addressing the program around 11:47am few minutes before the closure, plainclothes police swooped on Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal’s Dhaka north city unit president Mizanur Rahman Raj at the gathering, triggering a scuffle between law enforcers and BNP followers.

As BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and other senior leaders tried to save Raj from police, the law enforcers also engaged in a tussle with them and chased the party activists.

BNP publicity affairs secretary Shaheeduddin Chowdgury Anee was seen repeatedly urging police not to thwart their program and allow their party secretary general to conclude it with his brief speech, but police did not pay heed to it. The law enforcers took away Raj from the clasp of Fakhrul and arrested him.

Talking to reporters before leaving the press club premises, Fakhrul said police foiled their peaceful program without any provocation. “We strongly condemn and protest it.” He demanded the government take action against those who foiled their program without any reason.

Earlier, several hundred BNP leaders and activists gathered in front of the Jatiya Press Club and started their program around 11 am with party senior leaders joining it.

They chanted various slogans seeking Khaleda’s immediate release amid presence of huge security personnel. BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed, chairperson’s advisers Zainul Abedin Farroque Abdus Salam and some other leaders addressed the gathering.

Later, at a press conference at the party’s Nayapaltan central office, Fakhrul announced that their party leaders and activists will stage demonstration at all thanas in the capital on Saturday protesting law enforcers’ attack on the sit-in program.

He said they were observing their sit-in program in a peaceful manner, but law enforcers foiled it without any provocation.As part of its countrywide scheduled program, BNP arranged the program in front of the Jatiya Press Club seeking Khaleda’s release.

On Tuesday last, the party leaders and followers formed a human chain at the same venue demanding her release.On Sunday, the party announced a two-day countrywide fresh program, including the human chain and sit-in.

After the jailing of Khaleda, the party observed various peaceful programs, including leaflet distributions, countrywide demonstrations, human chain formations, sit-ins, token hunger strikes and protest processions, in five phases demanding her release.

On February 8, BNP chief Khaleda Zia was sent to jail after a court sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.

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