The authorities of old Dhaka Central Jail have denied physicians the permission to check up on BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
The physicians arrived at the jail gate on Wednesday around 1pm and headed to the department of prisons to secure permission.
In a letter to the jail’s superintendent, they wrote that Khaleda’s health was regularly monitored by them before she was incarcerated.
The letter reads: “A three-time elected prime minister, Khaleda Zia is an older person and a veteran politician. She has long been suffering from numerous diseases.
“She is unable to get regular health checkups because she is in jail. Hence, the doctors are asking for your permission [to examine her health].”
The physicians include Dr Sirajuddin Ahmed, Prof Dr Sahab Uddin, Prof Dr Abdul Kuddus, Prof Dr Rafiqul Islam Bacchu, Asst Prof Dr Saiful Islam, Dr Md Fawaz Hossain Shuvo and Dr Monorul Kader Bitu.
Speaking to reporters, Dr Kuddus said: “We have urged the jail authorities to ensure her regular checkups. And they said they are giving maximum attention to her physical condition.”
A senior jail official said the physicians would not be allowed inside the jail since the prison’s doctors are regularly checking up on Khaleda.
“The jail code allows the former prime minister’s relatives to meet her once a week,” the official said. “The meeting has already taken place. So, no-one else will be allowed to meet her as per the code.”
On February 8, a Dhaka court sentenced the 73-year old former prime minister to five years in jail in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
The court also sentenced five other accused, including Khaleda’s son and BNP’s acting Chairperson Tarique Rahman, to 10 years’ imprisonment each and fined them Tk2.10 crore each.
The article was first published on banglatribune.com