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BNP to hold rally Saturday seeking Khaleda’s release

The procession will start from its Nayapaltan central office at 2pm and end at the National Press Club

Update : 12 Feb 2020, 05:57 PM

BNP has announced a protest rally seeking their party chief Khaleda’s release from jail.

As part of the party’s countrywide demonstration program, BNP will take out a procession in Dhaka on Saturday demanding its Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s release from jail.

The decision was taken at a joint meeting of BNP and its associate bodies at the party’s Nayapaltan central office in Dhaka on Wednesday, reports UNB.

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir announced the program at a press conference.

He said they will bring out the procession from their Nayapaltan central office at 2pm on Saturday and it will end at the National Press Club area.

Asked whether BNP has permission from police for their planned procession, Fakhrul said, “No permission is needed for holding such a program. We will only inform them about the program.”

He called upon people to make their program a success with their spontaneous participation.

“We urge people to take part in the procession to register their protest in a peaceful manner, and thus accelerate the process of our leaders’ [Khaleda’s] release from jail,” the BNP leader said.

Earlier on February 8, Fakhrul announced that their party would stage demonstrations across Bangladesh on Saturday to push for their demand to have Khaleda freed.

Khaleda has been in jail since she was convicted in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case on February 8, 2018. She was found guilty in another corruption case later the same year, though her party claims both cases are politically motivated.

The BNP chief has been receiving treatment at the BSMMU since April 1 last year.

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