Police have foiled BNP’s sit-in program in front of the National Press Club in Dhaka.
BNP was observing a scheduled program on Thursday to demand the release of its Chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail.
Party vice chairperson AZM Jahid Hossain was addressing the program around 11:47am when plainclothes police officers swooped in on Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal’s Dhaka North unit president Mizanur Rahman Raju from the gathering triggering a scuffle between law enforcers and BNP followers.
As BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakfrul Islam Alamgir and other senior leaders tried to save Raju from the police, the law enforcers chased them and foiled the program.
According to a Bangla Tribune report, police arrested Raju and two party activists from the spot.
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BNP Secretary General stuck in a brawl between his party men and plainclothes policemen during a sit-in program in front of National Press Club in Dhaka on Thursday Dhaka Tribune
Talking to reporters before leaving the press club premises, Fakhrul said police foiled their peaceful program without any provocation.
“We strongly condemn and protest it,” he said.
He demanded the government take action against those who foiled their program without any reason.
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Earlier, hundreds of BNP leaders and activists gathered in front of the Press Club and started their program around 11am, with party senior leaders joining it.
Amid tight security, they chanted various slogans seeking demanding Khaleda’s immediate release.
As part of its countrywide scheduled program, BNP arranged the sit-in program to seek Khaleda’s release from jail.
BNP’s district and city units are also scheduled to hold the programs across Bangladesh at their convenient time and venues.
On Tuesday, the party leaders and followers formed a human chain at the same venue demanding that Khaleda be released.
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Plainclothes policemen taking Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal’s Dhaka North unit President Mizanur Rahman Raju to their office from a sit-in program in front of National Press Club in Dhaka on Thursday Dhaka Tribune
On Sunday, the party announced a fresh two-day countrywide program, including the human chain and a sit-in.
After the jailing of Khaleda, the party observed various programs – including leaflet distribution, countrywide demonstrations, human chain formation, sit-ins, a token hunger strike and protest procession – in five phases demanding her release.
On February 8, BNP chief Khaleda Zia was sent to jail after a court sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
BNP to stage demo Saturday
BNP will stage a demonstration throughout Dhaka on Saturday protesting law enforcers’ attack on its sit-in program.
Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir announced the program at a press conference at their Naya Paltan central office.
“We are announcing a protest program at all thanas of the capital on Saturday protesting the police attack on our peaceful sit-in program,” said the BNP leader.