'She coughs all day long as the room is damp, unhealthy and dusty,' says Ruhul Kabir Rizvi
BNP has alleged that the physical condition of its chairperson, Khaleda Zia, is deteriorating as she has been kept in an unhealthy condition in the abandoned Dhaka Central Jail.
Speaking at a press conference at the party's Naya Paltan headquarters on Wednesday, BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi alleged the government has an ulterior motive to endanger Khaleda’s life by forcing her to live an unbearable life in prison.
"The unhealthy, damp and unliveable room in which our leader has been kept is badly affecting her health. It's like living in hell with insects,” he said.
"She coughs all day long as the room is damp, unhealthy and dusty."
A medical board recommended providing the BNP chief and former prime minister with an orthopaedic bed and admitting her to a specialized hospital for treatment, but the prison authorities are “not paying any heed to these recommendations due to pressure from the government,” he alleged.
Rizvi, also a member of BNP standing committee, said some of Khaleda's relatives, who met her in jail on Tuesday, informed them that she was suffering from severe pain in the neck, left hand, legs and eyes.
Khaleda has been made to suffer in a painful, unhealthy condition due to Awmai League’s political vengeance on her, he alleged.
About the ongoing anti-drug drives, he said: “Though 43 suspected drug peddlers were killed over the last nine days, real culprits who control drug peddling still remain at large. Media reports say they have been maintaining close ties with ministers and visit their residences on a regular basis.
“In fact, the government is targeting and killing BNP activists on the pretext of anti-narcotics drives.”