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Zafrullah: Release Khaleda before Eid, for democracy’s sake

He claimed democracy and peace will be restored in the country if Khaleda Zia is freed

Update : 11 May 2019, 11:31 PM

Gonoshasthya Kendra founder Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury has demanded the release of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail before the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr, for the sake of democracy and peace in the country.

He made the remark while addressing the press at an event to mark the historic long march towards Farakka, led by Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani, organized by the Bhasani Anushari Parishad at the National Press Club on Saturday.

Zafrullah said: "I demand that BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia be freed before Eid-ul-Fitr. She should be granted bail for the sake of democracy.

"Democracy and peace will be restored in the country if Khaleda Zia is freed," he added.

On May 16, 1976, Maulana Bhasani led a massive long march from Rajshahi towards India's Farakka barrage, demanding the demolition of the barrage constructed by the Indian government to divert the flow of Ganges water inside its territory, reports UNB.

Zafrullah, also the chairman of Bhasani Anushari Parishad and a leader of the BNP-led Jatiya Oikya Front coalition, said the law and order situation has deteriorated so much in the country that incidents of killing, enforced disappearance and rape are now taking placed unabated.

"Bangladesh has now turned into such a state where students of schools and madrasas, and even nurses cannot return home safely," he added.

Zafrullah further said people cannot move safely on roads at present due to the rise in road accidents.

He criticised Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for going abroad for eye treatment, even though she had earlier promised not to receive treatment abroad.

Speaking at the program, BNP Vice-Chairman Abdullah Al Noman said the current parliament is not acceptable for the people, adding: "It matters little who joins this parliament and who does not."

Noman said the nation is going through a political crisis, and this can only be resolved through the release of Khaleda Zia from jail.

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