BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's motorcade has been attacked in Feni.
The motorcade, which is heading to Chittagong for the BNP chief's planned relief distribution for the Rohingya, was attacked in Mohammed Ali Bazar at the border of Feni and Comilla on Saturday evening.
BNP Press Wing official Shamsuddin Didar, who was in the motorcade, said the attack took place after Khaleda Zia's and the first few cars had crossed the spot.
"By that time, Khaleda was already in the Feni Circuit House," he said.
Several press vehicles including the cars of Ekattor TV, Channel i, DBC News and Boishakhi Television were vandalised. Several journalists were beaten up by the assailants.
Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi told journalists in Dhaka that the attackers were young men and some were carrying firearms.
Khaleda Zia will go to Cox's Bazar on Sunday to provide assistance to Rohingya refugees who fled violence in Myanmar.
Among the relief she will give to the refugees are children's toys, rice and clothes, Didar told the Dhaka Tribune.
Rizvi held a press conference at the BNP central office on Saturday afternoon and told reporters that the motorcade had been attacked in several places.
“We thought that the government will help us get the relief to the Rohingya who are in need. We also informed the local administrations of all the districts which Khaleda Zia is passing through. Even so, we have seen the motorcade attacked in several places,” he said.
The BNP chief will stay the night at Chittagong Circuit House and then leave on on Sunday at 11pm towards Cox's Bazar. There are plans to distribute and distribute relief at Ukhia's Baluchali, Boalmara and Jamtali Rohingya camps on Monday after spending the night at the Circuit House.
Khaleda will leave Chittagong for Dhaka on Tuesday.
The motorcade started off in the morning from Dhaka's Naya Paltan in front of the BNP headquarters.
Speaking to the press before the journey, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir urged Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to take special initiatives to resolve the Rohingya crisis.
"We have long been saying that the PM should play a special role to resolve the Rohingya crisis. She will have to convince the countries with whose support Myanmar is not still stopping the genocide," he said.
Recalling then Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's role in mobilising support in favour of Bangladesh in 1971, he said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina should take such initiative to mobilise global support and pursue India, Russia and China to come forward to resolve the crisis.