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BNP leaders want to meet Khaleda on Eid

  • Published at 10:35 pm August 21st, 2018
Khaleda Zia
File photo of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

The top brass of the out-of-parliament opposition have written to the jail authorities for permission

The senior leaders of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) want to meet with party chief Khaleda Zia in the old Dhaka Central Jail on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha on Wednesday.

The party has already sent a letter to the jail authorities seeking permission for the meeting, BNP Senior Joint General Secretary Ruhul Kabir Rizvi told reporters at a press briefing on Tuesday.

The party leaders sought permission to meet with Khaleda on Eid-ul-Fitr in June as well, but were denied.

Khaleda is currently serving a five-year sentence in prison, which she was given on February 8 on charge of embezzling funds meant for an orphanage set up as a trust fund under her late husband Ziaur Rahman’s name.

She is being held in the old building of Dhaka Central Jail in Nazimuddin Road.

Rizvi on Tuesday said Khaleda had greeted the people of the country and wished them Eid Mubarak from jail on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha.

She conveyed the greetings through her relatives who went to see her two days ago, he added.

At the same press briefing, Rizvi criticized Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader and Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan for the trouble faced by home-goers before Eid.

He blamed the poor condition of the roads and mismanagement by the Road Transport Ministry as the main reasons behind the rising number of road accidents in the country.