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Fakhrul writes to Home Minister asking to free all political activists

Published on: 6:52 pm - Wednesday | April 8, 2020

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BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has sent a letter to Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal asking him to release the  leaders and activists who have been in jails being convicted in political cases or in under-trial cases.

The BNP Secretary General sent the letter to the Home Minister early Wednesday afternoon. BNP Chairperson’s media wing official Shairul Kabir Khan confirmed it.

Shairul Kabir Khan said BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has requested the Home Minister by sending a letter to release leaders and activists of all the political parties in the wake of deadly coronavirus pandemic across the country.

The first coronavirus infected case was detected in the country on March 8 last. Twenty people have so died and 218 people infected in the country with the contagious disease.

The government has also declared general holiday at all public and private offices. All the educational institutions including schools, colleges and universities have remained closed. Shopping malls and markets have also remained closed. Directives have also been issued to the mosques asking to hold congregations with maximum five devotees during the five times prayers and maximum 10 devotees during the Jumma prayers on Fridays, In spite of it, the coronavirus infection continues.

In such a situation, the government is contemplating releasing the detainees who have been in jails for a long time. The government has recently announced that those who have been in jails committing minor offenses would be released.

The cabinet at a meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair has asked the Home Ministry recently to formulate a guideline on how to release the detainees who have been in jail for a long time committing small offenses, except murder, rape and throwing acid.

Receiving the directive, the Home Ministry is preparing a guideline. It is learnt that the BNP has sent the latter to the Home Minister asking to release all the opposition leaders and activists on the backdrop of the government decision.

However, nothing was mentioned in the letter about the convicts who have been in jails for murders, rapes, crimes against humanity or corruption. In the letter, Fakhrul requested the Home Minister to release only those leaders and activists who have been in jails being convicted in political cases. (observerbd)

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